Monday, June 29, 2009

Costa Rica Video

2009 Honeywell Educators at Space Academy

I was very lucky to receive a scholarship from Honeywell to attend space camp. From June 12-19 I spent all day engaged in intensive classroom, laboratory and training time, focusing on space science and space exploration. The teachers who attended were broken into teams of 16. My team was "Inspiration." We even were able to simulate missions from space, which gave me a much better understanding of all the teamwork and effort that is behind each mission. I hope to be able to bring some of the activities and experiences from space camp back to my classroom.

Hey, if any of you are scientists/researchers/engineers/mathematicians please feel free to give my students a description of what you do day by day. They would love to hear from you.

2009 EFHS Costa Rica Tour

From June 2-10 I traveled through Costa Rica with 4 of my students. We traveled from San Jose to Fortuna, Monteverde, Jaco Beach, Manuel Antonio Biological Reserve, and back to San Jose. We were fortunate to see both Poas and Arenal volcanoes, kayak in Arenal lake, visit a hot spring at the base of the volcano, hike trails in the Santa Elena Biological Reserve, Experience a Canopy tour and horseback riding in Monteverde, swim, snorkel and go canoeing on the coast, see a wealth of the flora and fauna of the country, learn about how the country is balancing its energy needs while it sustains its ecosystem, and learn about the culture and history. Oh, we also got to practice our Spanish. What an educational experience this was for us all!

Summer Update 2009

I have been very busy this summer traveling with students, participating in professional development, and packing for my big move to Thailand. I want to share my experiences with all of you so you can get an idea of how passionate I am about becoming the best teacher possible, and so students, parents, and teachers can learn from each other, and continue to support each other outside of the classroom.