On “being a mole” days

by Pam Hook on July 28, 2014

in HookED Store, Nick Denton, SOLO Maps, SOLO Taxonomy

“Then suddenly the Mole felt a great Awe fall upon him, an awe that turned his muscles to water, bowed his head, and rooted his feet to the ground. It was no panic terror – indeed he felt wonderfully at peace and happy
― Kenneth Grahame, The Wind in the Willows



I am working from home today – it is a “freezing for Auckland” day – so I am in my mole outfit – a two sizes too small (but wonderfully stretchy), warm, jet black, polar fleece, zip neck, pullover.

It is a struggle to get into it – and I sometimes need assistance to extract myself (one day they will have to cut me out) BUT once I have it on I feel like “Mole” in The Wind in the Willows – and the day always works out well.

Over the university holidays Nick Denton has worked on postcard designs for the SOLO posters and the SOLO Maps and self-assessment rubrics. He has created designs of “great Awe”.

I sent the design files to the fabulous crew at Hummingbird Print in Mt Eden who have been experimenting with different product specs to best showcase Nick’s work.

Was fitting that it was a “being a mole” day when I received the call from Jan at Hummingbird Print to tell me that the SOLO postcards were ready.

The SOLO Map postcards will go up on the HookED store this week. Expect a gallery of front and back thumbs in the next post. Schools I have worked with this year can expect a complimentary set in the mail – I have persuaded one of the occupants off the corridor to act as “HookED Postmaster General” by promising that the role that will look great on his CV.

The HookED contact postcards (in English, Te Reo Māori and French) are giveaways. I am hoping they will be a catalyst for innovative connection.

Thanks for the “being a mole” quote goes to Lynley Cummack who uses SOLO to great effect with five year olds in Waimaire School, Christchurch, New Zealand.

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