Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Tonight I met Temple Grandin!

Luckily for me I'm in a book club with our school psychologist because she emailed me today saying she had an extra ticket to go see Temple Grandin tonight!

Dr. Grandin spoke for about an hour and it was very interesting, although most of the things she talked about were covered in her movie. My aha-moment was when she talked about how she is unable to attend to 2 tasks at once, reminding me once again that there is a wide array of brains in my class!

And even though I bought 31 books in February I had to buy one more so I could get her autograph! It was on my wishlist anyway:

The top photo is of my friend Alana getting her autograph. I should have spent more time thinking about what I was going to say to Dr. Grandin...She asked me what I do for a living and after I told her she didn't say anything. And all I could think of to say was "I like cows" but I didn't say that because I knew that would be lame. Here are the things I thought to ask/say after:

Do you have any pets?

Who is Catherine Johnson? (her co-author)

Do you want to see a picture of my dog?

Do you like to read? What are you reading now?

The part in Animals in Translation where you tell us people and dogs coevolved blew my fucking mind.

I had to laugh because it made me think of my friend Stephanie having a similar what-do-I-say-to-this-author moment (although hers was from being a super fan and mine was from teaching first grade all day).

Despite being tongue-tied I had fun with my friends and it is always good for me to learn about different kinds of brains!

1 comment:

lisa :) said...

Very cool! I've read a little about Ms. Grandin's life but I keep meaning to check out one of her books and/or watch the movie about her. She definitely seems like a fascinating woman with a very interesting life!