Idaho media have been so very kind. There have been several radio interviews, a few newspaper articles and recently Local News 8 did a piece. (In the interview, I mentioned that naturalists from Australia and Germany were accompanying us. A small twist in this report has me going to Australia. While I'd love to visit this beautiful place, my embarkation destination is Ushuaia, Argentina.) Thank you Idaho for all your support. Nine hours until I board the plane!
PRE-EXPEDITION STORY TELLING
My 2nd, 3rd, and 4th-grade students at Hibbard Elementary have been doing some preliminary research about Antarctica. They decided to find some unusual facts to get me excited about this Lindblad/National Geographic Expedition! Antarctica: The White Continent awaits!
GEO-INQUIRY DATA COLLECTION
Click here to editI had the privilege of spending today with a National Geographic film crew focusing on Geo-Inquiry Data Collection. I have a confession. 😆In the past, data collection has been my weakest Geo-Inquiry phase. I think I am often in a hurry to get to Create and Act. What a gift to be asked to explore this phase more. As we collected data in various ways the curiosity, questions, and passion increased... even though this was a "reenactment". I know where my next Geo-Inquiry project is going to have a hard focus.
Thank you: Nora Rappaport, Producer (https://www.norarappaport.com/); Ryder Haske, DP; Ashely Holmes, AP; Greg Picard, Sound.
WHAT IS A NATURALIST?
HONORED AND AMAZED
After spending multiple weeks on a Grosvenor Teacher Fellow application and waiting months to hear back, the news is out! I still can't believe it. I'm honored to be selected as a National Geographic/Lindblad Expedition Grosvenor Teacher Fellow 2019. Antarctica, here we come!!!🐧🐧🐧
Life has a funny way of sending you in directions for your best-self to emerge when you may not intentionally be looking for a new path. When my dear friend and colleague, Ryan Durfee, invited me to join him in applying for the 2017 National Geographic Summer Institute to learn more about a Geo-Inquiry process my first response was, "A Geo- what?" My summer 2017 calendar was already bursting. "I don't have time to Geo- anything this summer," I thought to myself. When I discovered applications would only be accepted when two teachers from the same school applied, and seeing how intent Ryan was that this experience would be phenomenal for us and our students (he has a sixth sense for finding amazing curriculum and professional development opportunities), I decided to jump in. Fate, providence, inspiration? I believe my entry into the National Geographic Education Family has been a mix of all of these. Blessings for myself, students, colleagues and community have been the ripple effect of my National Geographic journey. Humbled and grateful to be along for the ride.
*Lover of learning-