Tuesday, November 02, 2004

News from the front

A hapless bee invaded the science room yesterday. Or maybe it just wandered in, and was at a loss as to how to exit.

My colleague had a gaggle of first graders on hand, and was attempting to lead them in a lesson. Down swoops the insect, distracting every child -- and teacher to boot -- and thus easily producing that 'oblivion to the task at hand' James so carefully described.

So persistent was the assault, that my colleague, with young charges, was forced into retreat -- to another classroom. This presented me with the opportunity (I'm ashamed to admit) to slay the unfortunate arthropod with the aid of a large book.

Thus ended the day's object lesson on attention and immediately exciting sensorial stimuli. (Read the quote of the day below.)

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