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10:31 pm: I do not think that word means what you think it means...
Not a very eventful day, other than a brief moment of confusion when one of the teachers decided to hold class in a different classroom without telling me. I only use two classrooms (one a seminar room and one the language lab), so it wasn't hard to track him down.

One thing I should mention that I've been wondering about... This school has more full-length mirrors than any other high school I've ever seen. There's one in the hall as you enter the building, one in the entrance to the faculty room, and *two* in my seminar classroom. Is there some special reason there are mirrors everywhere? Is it for the girls' benefit? Or for the teachers?

I had another moment of confusion when I went to the bookstore this evening. The comic on the top of the pile of new copies had a slip of paper inside the plastic wrapping that said, "This is a SAMPLE. Take it to the register to exchange for actual merchandise." I stared at it, puzzled, for a while. It's common for there to be a sample volume left out for people to flip through when all the rest are wrapped in plastic, but why would the *sample* be wrapped in plastic? I looked down the pile...and *every* copy had the little slip of paper tucked in the wrapper. ...Huh? I took one to the register, and I swear that all the lady behind the counter did was take the slip of paper out before bagging it.

This is a complete mystery to me. I've never seen such a thing before, and I've been going to this same bookstore quite frequently since I've been here. Is it some new tactic to prevent shoplifting? The slip of paper was in too many volumes of too many different kinds of books to be accidental. ...But what I really can't figure out is why it is calling everything a "sample." Considering that the customer can't actually sample anything, it seems an odd thing to say.

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Date:October 6th, 2004 09:29 am (UTC)

About the mirrors

A year or two ago our school district had a professional development day during which the presenter discussed latest research and findings in improving education results. Anyway, one of the studies quoted was a school, and it may have been in Japan, that was having wonderful results. It was emphasizing having good self-concept, and had mirrors all over the school--in the hallways, in the classrooms, everywhere. The premise was that before there could be good self-concept, there had to be self-awareness. Having the mirrors around helped students be more aware of their image. The facilitator encouraged all of us to put a mirror in our classroom. I've been seeing them around more and more since then.

Maybe this has nothing to do about why your school has mirrors, but it might.

The books marked "sample" is a puzzle. It doesn't seem as though it would work to stop shoplifting for long, if shoplifting were a problem to begin with.

Love, Mom
Date:October 6th, 2004 09:31 am (UTC)

P.S. Re: About the mirrors

Now I remember. I think the school in the study was in Russia.
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Date:October 6th, 2004 01:50 pm (UTC)

Re: About the mirrors

Maybe this has nothing to do about why your school has mirrors, but it might.

Hmm... <wonders> I can see putting them in the halls, but in classrooms? Isn't that kind of disruptive? (...Or maybe that's just because I know I would probably wind up staring in the mirror all during class, if it were me.) It's bad enough when girls pull out compacts to fix their hair during class.

It doesn't seem as though it would work to stop shoplifting for long, if shoplifting were a problem to begin with.

That's what makes it really strange. I mean, I've seen this kind of thing at *video* stores, where the shelf will have an empty case or block of styrofoam or something, and you have to exchange it at the register for the actual video. But these were *real books*.
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Date:October 8th, 2004 09:56 pm (UTC)
Thing one: vampire countermeasures (though obviously ineffective for mirror-friendly FK vampires)
Thing two: I would assume the theory is that you get a new pristine copy if you buy, and not one some kid has smeared with Jolly Rancher residue, but probably in practice the clerk has little motivation to bother with it.
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