Friday, June 28, 2013
Monday, June 24, 2013
This week I brought 17 educators to Ossabaw Island to study sea turtles. The first night out we saw four turtles. For one, we watched the complete nesting process. We encountered two of the others when they had finished and were headed back to the ocean. Just before heading in for the night, we saw one more coming in. The tide was low and she had a long way to walk, so we left her to her task and retreated by truck 8 miles back to the club house. Teachers are mesmerized and inspired by seeing nature in action. My task now is to help them figure out how to turn this adventure into a learning opportunity for their students. I look forward to seeing the teachers make meaning of their experiences on this magnificent barrier island.
In my doctoral program we are currently studying leadership for change. For this trip to Ossabaw, I am practicing my leadership skills. I am also hoping the teachers here become teacher leaders and share this experience with colleagues and students in a meaningful and creative way.
Friday, June 14, 2013
Sunday, June 9, 2013
Monday, June 3, 2013
Blogging my researchDuring my doctoral program, I will use this blog to journal my research. Since my proposed dissertation topic centers around outdoor science, it is an appropriate way to tie previous professional work to this research. My classmates can visit, and others interested in the topic can as well.
In my opening video for my summer research course, I mentioned working with former First Lady Rosalynn Carter to establish a butterfly garden at her home as the start of the Rosalynn Carter Butterfly Trail... a serie of gardens. Curriculum materials will follow this project. I have included here a photograph of President Carter looking on as I help Mrs. Carter release butterflies as the official opening of the Rosalynn Carter Butterfly Trail, Apri 20, 2013.