Monday, July 30, 2012

Gearing Up for the Start of School

I went into my classroom again this morning to get ready for the arrival of the students. I bought a bunch of books over the summer and some were given to me by my generous parents, which I now have to find room for on the already full bookshelf. I will figure out something, hopefully! I am excited to begin school and meet all the new students. I know we are going to have a great time learning and reading this year!

Friday, July 27, 2012

Last Day of STEM Training

Today was the last day of STEM training and I had a blast. I was able to work out the kinks of my website and some on my video cropping that I am trying to work on in the morning. It was productive in my two morning classes as I was able to work on making worksheets, updating my website, and collaborating with other professionals. I had a great lunch conversation with a few other professionals about teaching in general. My afternoon class of Murder, Mystery, Arson and Disease was great fun as we made a murder scene, which a person was chosen at random to take home-not me :( . I then headed home to my boys who actually did a good job keeping the house clean (surprisingly!). Of course they ate everything in the house so I had to go food shopping and prepare for my parents to arrive tomorrow for their visit. I am looking forward to seeing them!

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Day 4 of STEM Training

I have once again gotten a lot of work done. I went for my run this morning and my legs now have many scratches from the high grass- ouch! I ended up running in the long, muddy, and slippery puddles as the grass was just hurting too much. My classes have been going well as I have been finishing and adding information to my class website. I am excited about all that is going on and having my questions answered so well by the people who are training us this week. This afternoon I am going zip lining at the Great Falls- I will update on how this goes. On my last class of the day we did a Murder Mystery Dinner. It was fun to see all of us animated (as we had to pretend to be other people and I was Dr. Sigmund Fraud). We had to guess at the end who we thought was the murder and none of us got it right.

Okay I went zip lining at the Great Falls in New Brunswick with ZipZag. It was great! I had a few butterflies as I was standing on the log. This was because you are high up already and strapped on the line looking down or across to where you are going to be crossing. Once we (as there are two people at a time- one on one side and one on the other- there are two different lines) took off I was fine. I was looking around and enjoying the view of the falls. Natashia was on the line next to mine and she was a hoot! She yelled and fist pumped the air and on our second run she told me I had to do this, so we did it together. Great times!

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Day 3 of STEM training

I had a great morning so far. I did not get lost running, but I did see fresh bear tracks and moose poop! In my morning classes I have learned how to edit videos online at (it is amazing!) and worked on my website along with other Google products. It has been a productive morning! My afternoon class on Murder, Mystery and Arson is okay. We did some reading on an arson so it was a bit boring. In the afternoon I hiked Aroostook State Park. It was not a bad hike up on the North side and great views at the top. Coming down we decided to go down the South side (opposite of what is recommended) and we found out quickly why. There is a large cliff that you have to scale down, and with my water climbing shoes it was a bit slippery. I took my time and made it safely. We arrived a bit late for dinner but it was still available. I then shoveled my dinner down to make it to my free 15-minute massage. Two people did not show up so I received a 45-minute free massage! I then went and did some work before I went to bed.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Day 2 of STEM

Today I left for my hour long run and got lost. It was pouring rain out but I love running in the rain, thus I thought it would be a great day. I finally realized that I had taken a wrong turn and could not figure out where I was. I then flagged down a truck and the gentleman was nice enough to state that I was way off- I had to turn around and go back the way I came and head back to Limestone since I was in Fort Fairfield (and not just a little bit over the border). Needless to say my hour long run turned into a two hour run. I guess I got my exercise today!

My first class today was a bit boring. He zipped through the maps on Google which I do not use with my students. I guess I should pay attention as who knows when I could use this for myself or for an assignment. I worked on finding resources to make a custom Google search (which is something he showed us today). I am now in my website and blog class, where I am now blogging.

My day ended well as my two boys came to visit with me. We drove to Presque Isle and did some shopping or really poking around in stores. I did find a few books for my classroom library. I also picked up supplies for the classroom and supplies for my sons. The great thing is I found a natural food store! We ate at a Chinese food place in town, which the boys enjoyed. It was nice to see them and have them tell me how much they miss me!

Monday, July 23, 2012

STEM Training

Today, is my first full day at the STEM training. I have attended one full seminar for iPads and one about websites, blogging, and wikis. I am finding that the second seminar is more informative for what I need. I am excited about my last training for the day which is Murder, Arson, and Death by Chocolate. I am then going to go rock climbing this afternoon. I let you know how this goes!

I went rock climbing and had a blast. I climbed three different walls and made it to the tippy top two times- once I lost my footing and slipped. It was a nice car ride to and from discussing teaching and learning with fellow educators. I am going zip lining over the Great Falls in Canada on Thursday, which will be fun.