Tuesday, September 18, 2007

A QUESTING we will go!

This picture is from a summer hiking trip on the AT in Baxter State Park near Roaring Brook. My daughter & her boyfriend joined us before heading back to college (my husband took the photo).

I've been working with my classes on their quests. They are loving it! We finished our rough drafts and we're test-hiking them tomorrow and Thursday. We'll then switch quests with the other class to see if they can figure it out. We now have to get our boxes, journals and stamps, but we should have our final quests done in a few weeks. I'm really proud of how well they are doing.

A 7th grade teacher asked me about working on a project in the school forest and she was thinking of some kind of scavenger hunt related to math. I lent her my questing book & now she's excited to give it a try. It's fun to have an idea catch on.

Had our first frost of the season last night. Monarchs are taking flight. Lots of leaves are changing colors & a student said they saw a flock of geese heading south. The seasons are a changing!

Monday, September 17, 2007

A Few Photos from the Summer

Here are a few random photos from our program this summer. Pam and I are having a good deal of success with our TGIATF program, thanks to Pam's hard work putting it all together. She has really kept the kids busy. The past three Fridays have been spent learning about the trail through various activities, such as videos, excerpts, and a webquest. Last Friday, we had a former thru-hiker come in as a guest speaker (Rita hooked us up. Thanks, Rita.) In two weeks, we are taking our class out on the trail for the first time. The kids really seem to be enjoying the change of pace on Fridays and I truly believe they are making the connection to the curriculum through the Journeys theme we have built the English course and the AT program around. Looking forward to seeing everybody in the fall.

North Carolina NCCAT participants

North Carolina NCCAT participants
At the Wayah Bald Fire Tower

Mary Jane

Mary Jane
On top of Silers Bald