April 27, 2016

STORIES: Think South, Raising Our Students' Awareness on Earth Day

We learned a thing or two on Earth Day!

Former music teacher Cathy de Moll returned to Seabury Hall on Friday after 30-some-odd years to tell us all about the 1990 International Trans-Antarctica Scientific Expedition, her role as its executive director, and the importance of preserving Antarctica for the sake of the earth.

Cathy's book Think South: How We Got Six Men and Forty Dogs Across Antarctica was just published in October by the Minnesota Historical Society, on the 25th anniversary of the Expedition. 

That Cathy told the story in chapters devoted to the people involved in the expedition is a genius arrangement. Such interesting characters! And of course the story of crossing the merciless Antarctica is so compelling.

These are some of the things I learned from Cathy's talk:

•The 1989-90 Expedition was the first-ever and last-ever unmechanized crossing across Antarctica: 

•Antarctica is the only place on earth ruled by consensus. It's a scientific laboratory, with no military activity. 

Photo by Minnesota Historical Society

• Ten million students followed the 1990 International Trans-Antarctic Scientific Expedition, and they fell in love with Antarctica.

• Antarctica plays a critical role in climate change. Antarctica will prove to be one of the primary contributors to the rise in sea levels all over the world. See 'A dire prediction' on melting ice sheets and rising sea levels by William Yardley and Raoul Rañoa, L. A. Times, April 7, 2016.

The Paris Agreement of 2015, a global treaty signed by 171 countries to limit carbon dioxide emissions, is a giant step in the right direction to prevent global warming. More international cooperation is imperative.

•It is of extreme importance to renew the 1991 International Antarctic Treaty which will protect and preserve Antarctica. This Treaty will expire only 5 years from now in 2021.

History teacher Kathy Czar, who arranged to bring the entire sixth grade to listen to Cathy talk, gave Cathy and her talk a hearty thumbs up. Mrs. Czar noted that Cathy's presentation brought up lots of questions that her students will discuss in class later. #eduwin ((Be sure to check out Think South's Reading Guide for Book Clubs and Reading Groups on Cathy's website.)

For further study about the importance of Antartica to the health of the planet, check out these two articles: 

Scientists nearly double sea level rise projections for 2100, because of Antarctica by Brady Dennis and Chris Mooney, The Washington Post, March 30, 2016.

Climate Catastrophe, Coming Even Sooner? by Elizabeth Kolbert, New Yorker, March 31, 2016.

And, BTW, how much do you (or your students) know about Antarctica? Take this quiz from National Geographic.

Mahalo to Cathy for her amazing story-telling powers (our library has copies of the book) and for raising our students' awareness about a global problem we should all take seriously and work together to solve.

(So happy to have Cathy back at Seabury.)

Ms. Lindsay (◕‿◕

Cross-posted at mauilibrarian2 in Olinda.

December 21, 2015

Special Guest Readers at This Year's Alumni Keiki Christmas Storytelling Fest!

Our special guest storytellers enchanted our alumni keiki today!

Mahalo to Head of School Sarah Bakhiet, Seabury alum and K-2 teacher extraordinaire Annie Lowson Queirolo (and her daughter Daisy), and Seabury Sophomores Mikhaila and Patricia Sung for bringing such joy to the little ones!

Merry Christmas, everyone!

Ms. Lindsay (◕‿◕

December 1, 2015

Hanging Out with Author Mariana Llanos -- Libros, Preguntas, y Fotos

Thanks to Google Hangouts in Education, our Advanced Spanish classes got to meet author Mariana Llanos!

All ready to share Tristan Lobo with class of high school Spanish students in Hawaii. Thanks to their fantastic...
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Here are some reactions to the experience.

Profesora Mrs. Fuentes-Asato:

"I really enjoyed the Google hangout with Mariana Llanos. It was great to see my students so engaged and interested in knowing more about Tristán Lobo. I also enjoyed seeing them asking different kinds of questions to Mariana regarding her career, personal life, and hobbies.

I think this Google hangout was a great experience because we got to do something outside the classroom and it was different. It was neat to meet the author that we had been talking about for the last few days and to learn so much from her.

Even though Tristán Lobo is a story for kids, it had new vocabulary, expressions, and different past tenses, which made the lessons more meaningful and challenging, perfect for a high level Spanish class.

I highly recommend this to all the teachers."

From some of los estudiantes:

"I enjoyed listening to Mariana share her story with our classes-- it was a nice change in classroom setting and really nice to hear a native speaker speak over video chat. It was very different and I loved the idea of the video chat. I really enjoyed listening to her talk, her voice was so energetic and fluid. Overall, it was a great experience, meeting someone so passionate about what she does." --

"I thought the visit went really well except for some technical glitches like the sound and the text on screen.  But overall, it was really cool to have a Google hangout with a Spanish-speaking author who told us a story and then answered our questions afterwards." --Jesse

"I really enjoyed the visit because Mariana was very energetic and passionate about her books. It was nice to change up the normal classroom activities and have a bit of real world situations in having a conversation in Spanish with strangers. There were technical glitches, but that didn’t ruin the experience. It was really good practice for listening and speaking in Spanish which was very helpful and fun for me." --Ava

"I enjoyed meeting and listening to Mariana. Although it was occasionally hard to follow her Spanish speaking, it was a great experience and showed me that with more practice I could really be able to have a conversation with somebody in Spanish. She made me feel very comfortable and seemed very excited to help us practice our Spanish!" --Peyton

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We'll be purchasing more of Mariana's books, and you can too, either HERE (for an autographed copy) or on Mariana's website.

I was thrilled to facilitate Mariana's visit. Hopefully there will be more Google hangouts and author visits in our future!

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Cross-posted at mauilibrarian2 in Olinda.