Well, I called up my old friend, Eddie Gweedle (AKA Da Gweed) to see if he would be interested. He had mixed feelings about coming back to the school, and I can't blame him: the kids in some classes called him names and gave him a hard time when he substituted for me in the past. Some kids called him a nerd, and recruited others to join in. Still, Eddie's never been one to say no when somebody needs him, so he ended up visiting the school this past Thursday.
He walked through the kindergartens and the first and second grade classrooms, overwhelming some unfamiliar kids and scaring some new teachers with his over-the-top personality. They told him they planned to take their time on the test, read it carefully, and make their best efforts.
With microphone in hand, Da Gweed told students how he was always the first one finished with standardized tests. He blasted through them with the goal of being number one. In fact, he said that his teachers were so impressed with his performance and they loved him so much that they pushed all the other students to the next grade, but they wanted to keep him for another year. "Do the same thing," he announced, "and you can be just like me." This he followed with a twirl.
Mr. Gweedle, will always startle folks who meet you for the first time. There is just something about this guy that makes people want to keep bringing him back - in spite of his recent retirement from whatever it was that he did (I never quite understood that robotics and artificial intelligence stuff that he did.).