Wednesday, July 27, 2005

My favorite modern building. TAIPEI 101 Posted by Picasa

Tuesday, July 26, 2005


Phew, after two exhausting weeks the hard part of QUEST is over. I don't want anyone to think that I didn't have a good time and that I didn't learn oodles of information, because I definitely am taking a lot away from this experience. However, it was tiring. I am so lucky to have the experience of meeting a large portion of the "team" that I'll be student teaching with in the fall. This definitely helped to ease an anxiety I was feeling that I might be unwelcome at the school.

Ok, it is time to work on my final QUEST project. If you're lucky maybe I'll post the link here and you can check it out sometime.

OH!!! AND...I got a book about rocks and minerals AND a box of rocks today. I am one happy girl.

Sunday, July 17, 2005

Harry Potter

I recieved the latest Harry Potter this Saturday and have been limiting myself to only a few chapters a day. I'm doing this so that I can enjoy the book longer and because I have other things I need to work on, such as my Japanese.

You can then understand why I get a little upset when people post about the ending of this book in their away messages and emails.

It's been a long weekend, but I'm looking forward to going back to QUEST on Monday.

Thursday, July 14, 2005

Now Accepting Applications

I am now officially accepting applications for boyfriends who have the deceny to not break up with someone over email.

That having been said. This past week at QUEST has been fantastic!!! I can't believe how much I've learned, both about teaching (and the politics surrounding it) and about weather.

Our weather activites ranged from measuring humidity to creating a tornado in a cardboard box. I am also confident that I will be able to teach this material to my students.

Next week I'll be moving on to the enviromental science module.

Monday, July 11, 2005


I am exhausted.

However, I will say that today was really enlightening and that I met a lot of interesting individuals.

I will probably sum of my week in Weather and Climate on Friday, but you never know, I might be back sooner!

Wednesday, July 06, 2005

Pre-QUEST Day 7

My goodness we got a lot of books today! QUEST is seriously reinforcing my already overflowing library!

Also, we explored (read: played with) stream tables today which I had never done before. I must admit that at first I was reminded of playing at the sand table in kindergarten.

::gets distracted by MYTHBUSTERS for 10 minutes::

Ok, I'm back on task now. Anyway, I liked our speakers approach of "not answering" students questions. However, I'm not sure if I am suited to that style of teaching. I like letting students discover things on their own, but I also tent to be a little picky when it comes to certain things. For example, I will insist that my students write in a dark color pen or pencil in PRINT for homeworks and tests. Besides I also like to shake things up a bit. :-)

Ok, I'm off to finish watching Mythbusters and then read my chapter for tomorrow.

Tuesday, July 05, 2005

Pre-QUEST Day 6

Consider the application of the technology and resources we reviewed today. How can you infuse technology in your post-QUEST project?

For those readers that are not related to the fellows program, our final project is to create a "resource portfolio" for the teachers who attended our modules. After today's technology the above question was posed for us to respond to.

I have two main ways that I would like to incorporate some of the things we learned today into the portfolio for my module. I would like to "weed through" the vast sea of websites so the teachers will have a list of "good" website at their fingertips. Also, creating a webquest that students could use (and teachers could modify for their needs) would be something I would like to do for the teachers. Of course, all of this could change after my two weeks with the teachers and I might decided to do something entirely different.

Off to feed various critters.

Monday, July 04, 2005

An Escape.

Today one of my caterpillars decided that it no longer wished to remain in captivity.

When I was changing their food and cleaning up after them, I counted not three captives, but two..."hmmm," I thought, "this is odd."

So, I searched and I searched...and I searched...and I SEARCHED. I even went so far as to dig through the smelly garbage to see if I had thrown the little guy away by accident.

After an extensive search, I was ready to give up, but low and behold the little guy was right in front of me - on the kitchen floor.

Thank goodness!

After the morning drama of the caterpillar search, I went to a friend's get together and spent the time chatting with some fellow teachers. All in all, it was a great 4th!

Sunday, July 03, 2005

Have some perspective!!!!

Here is an article I just read from Yahoo!

How about we fix how children are educated and then worry about teacher dress codes.

If a teacher can relate better to their students by wearing jeans sometimes, then I say let them! Furthermore, I know that when I wear clothing that fits my personality and my body, I am a better teacher - naturally, this doesn't mean that my boobs are popping out of my shirt or anything like that! Also, I think that I can still dress to suit my personality and look professional. For example, I have a fitted tshirt with a brain on it that can look very professional under a blazer.

Besides, I look young regardless what I wear! Even if I shop at Ann Taylor, I look stupid, because I just appear to be a 16 year old trying to wear "big girl" clothing!

We have the most important job in the world and people are worried about how we dress?!? I say, if it works go for it.

ps- I did agree that the teacher should have been sent home for wearing the belt with the pot leaf on it!

Friday, July 01, 2005

Pre-QUEST Day 5

Today we examined the process of making science accessible to ALL students, especially those with learning disabilities. The two teachers who came in to speak with us, were WONDERFUL! It was really nice to see two individuals who were so enthusiastic and in love with their jobs.

We mainly focused on students who had learning disablities, however I wish we had also covered students who may suffer from emotional problems as well. I think that treatment for emotionaly disturbed students is lacking and these kids are too often labeled as incouragable "bad eggs." Furthermore, I do not think that it is appropriate to group these students in the same special education classes with learning disabled students.

Anyway, today was wonderful! Monday we will be taking a "field trip" to visit a technology expert.

I should go feed my monarch butterfly caterpillars.

If I don't update anything this weekend, I want to wish everyone a happy and safe Independence Day!!!