Wednesday, December 31, 2008


Ten days and four thousand miles was our investment this Christmas vacation to see family… Well worth it! We drove the southern route past California, New Mexico, Arizona, Texas, Oklahoma, and Kansas on the way to Jayhawk country. We stayed at my son’s place – and got to see his family as well as their new addition, our grandbaby: Kuyper Noel. Having the rest of the family members with us was an incredible blessing – we had a memorable Christmas. J

We came back through Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada, and finally our home state California using Route 66 (New “40”) – in route we visited the Grand Canyon – oy vey ! What a treat to see it in Winter!

In route we went through two books: Sara Paretsky, “Bleeding Kansas” a very interesting novel about Kansas and the Lawrence area – we were fully entertained and learned a lot about the history of the place. The second book was much more interesting to me, “Measuring the World” by Daniel Kehlamnn is a historical novel about the scientist adventurer Alexander Von Humboldt and the mathematician Carl Fredrich Gauss – this book is highly recommended.

Ten days – incredibly packed!

Here are a few snapshots:

Wednesday, December 24, 2008


Cabrillo is a great San Diego resource - from history to science - it is a definite site to visit. Here are some geology field trip pictures.

Sunday, December 14, 2008


I came across this quote -

"The whole purpose of education is to turn mirrors into windows."

— Sydney J. Harris: Was a journalist and lecturer

Isn't superb?

Saturday, December 13, 2008


While teaching my Academic Earth Science SEI (Sheltered English Instruction) class I was surprised by my naivete. As we were identifying sedimentary rocks a student asked, "...what is a fossil?" I looked at the student and realized that I blew it... I was taken aback by his honest and simple statement that he had no clue what was meant by a fossil. Wow!

I realize now that sometimes I assume too much in terms of background. I did not realistically have a good grip on this student's lack of background. Back to Pedagogy 101. Never assume, always dip-stick and test for foundational knowledge. Hopefully my SIOP lesson plans will be tighter next time. Humbled...