Trip Start Apr 17, 2010
80Trip End Jul 02, 2010
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Mr. O taught four sections of Senior 2 (Juniors). He rearranged his room into table groupings of five, a challenge in a small room with 56+ desks! After a brief introduction about himself, he began his lesson on Scientific Achievements with the theme music of 2001: A Space Odyssey as examples of science achievements over the years appeared on the screen (telephone, electricity, internet, automobile, etc.). Students discussed which of the nine examples was the most important
As a listening activity, Mr. O read a passage about three important people. The students had to listen and identify the scientific achievements: Neil Armstrong (first man on the moon), Alexander Graham Bell (first telephone call), and Ray Tomlinson (first e-mail message). He supplemented the activity with images of each individual (thank goodness for Google images!).
The final activity was a simulation. Four students took on the roles of scientists with a specific project that they wanted to pursue (cure for AIDS, cloning for curing disease, food production in arid areas, a human mission to Mars). They had to convince a fifth person, who had money for only one of the projects, to fund them. Mr. O enjoyed the interaction of the groups. When asked which doctor would receive funding, several donors said, "None of them!" As in real life, not all projects receive funding just because the money is there
Ms. Long met a new group of Senior 1 students, so she started with a brief introduction of herself and then started the "Healthy Eating" lesson she had began with the other Senior 1 classes. Time ran out quickly, since class periods are only 40 minutes long. She will continue this lesson with the Senior 1 classes next week. Many asked her to continue the lesson even though the classes had ended. She has promised to continue next week!
She was also surprised today by several classes, individual students, and teachers. Tomorrow is her birthday, so many had planned many special things for her today. She was overwhelmed with gifts, letters with birthday wishes, and a special announcement over the intercom followed by a Lady GaGa song that the students requested for her. Sally's class sang along to "Poker Face" as it was being played for her. What a treat! For dinner, Cherry's mother had made homemade dumplings, one of Ms. Long's favorites. It was a wonderful day of so many blessings. She is very thankful.
After dinner, we waited in the courtyard area of the school for singing practice. Many students quickly gathered around us to practice speaking their English
Mr. O was sad to hear this morning that his favorite blog reader, his 99-year-old Aunt Elizabeth, died Thursday afternoon in Illiniois after a long, travel-filled life. His sisters were printing out and sharing the blog and pictures. She was enjoying traveling along with Mr. O and Ms. Long and was always ready to hear the next adventure in our journey. She will be missed.