Our old nurse was quite memorable and was involved in one of my Top Five Education Moments of All-Time. We were at the big back to school staff meeting where all of the teachers and support staff are in the library going over everything for the dawn of a new school year. Included with all of the presentations, was the nurse spiel where she talked about seizures, health concerns for students, a bunch of other exciting stiff, and how to use an epi-pen. She had to teach us how to administer a shot of epinephrine in case of a student's allergic reaction to something. So she is standing in front of about 100 people holding an epi-pen which she has told us is a dummy pen, or one that isn't loaded. She explains the warning signs and the epi-pen process and then she just jabs the pen right into her leg and it makes this loud clicking sound. The room got quiet because it was a LOUD click but she kept talking so we all figured all was well and the spiel continued. About 45 seconds after demonstrating how to use the epi-pen, someone up front, said to the nurse, "Hey, you're bleeding." She stopped, everyone else stopped, I looked up and her pants on the side of her leg were slowly darkening red. She says, "Oh... ah... I think I grabbed the wrong pen." And immediately 100 people don't know what to do. A couple folks by her ask if she's ok, and she says she is. My mouth is wide open because I may have just seen the funniest thing ever but only if she's not hurt. It just stays quiet for about 20 seconds until people realize she's fine and then everyone starts laughing so hard it is almost violent. People are falling out of chairs. Thankfully an epipen just gives a person a big adrenalin rush and all was well but I don't think I stopped laughing for 20 minutes.
Seuss Goose by Michele Ruby
This was a really fun read. It's about a twenty-ish year old woman who has never had a job and needs one because her dad is forcing her to get one. The problem is that whenever she gets stressed out, everything she says starts to rhyme, ala Dr. Seuss.
Story: 9 of 10
It's brief, albeit very cute. The plot is interesting, the lead character is hilarious, and the author doesn't try to do too much with what she's given herself. Some of the rhymes are hilarious and overall, it was a highly enjoyable read.
Teachability: 9 of 10
There is a definite O. Henry vibe to the ending which can be unsettling but actually works in this case. I think students would enjoy the read, even lower-level kids because the rhyming is a hook. There's actually a lot a teacher could do with this story.