The heavy rains we are experiencing this winter (January/February 2016) have caused numerous mudslides in our area, and flooding near students' homes. The students had the chance to watch the effects of a mudslide here on our own school campus that sent muddy sand and silt in a dramatic swirl around the storm drain near our classroom. Needless to say they are pumped up to learn more about how erosion works. We will use the tubs ordered, fortified with plywood underneath, tilted up on two by four boards. The tubs will be filled part way with sand, gravel and silt. We will fill plastic cups with water and try out different sized holes in the cups drizzling water down onto the sand in the stream tables as the first phase of our study. Students will measure, observe and identify variables they want to pursue for further study in small groups. Student skills of observation, and critical thinking will be enhanced through this project.Starting with real-life personal experience, learning through hands-on teamwork with sand and water. No theory, just muscle memory. Exactly right. BEAUTIFUL. = = = = = Then I noticed from other parts of the description that the students are probably illegal migrants. (Not explicit but clear enough.) ALSO BEAUTIFUL. As I said in previous item, the school doesn't deserve Federal funding because it's helping to violate Federal law... but a great teacher with kids who are there through no fault of their own deserves NON-FEDERAL funding. I'm glad to help.
Labels: Experiential education
Polistra was named after the original townsite of Manhattan (the one in Kansas). When I was growing up in Manhattan, I spent a lot of time exploring by foot, bike, and car. I discovered the ruins of an old mill along Wildcat Creek, and decided (inaccurately) that it was the remains of the original site of Polistra. Accurate or not, I've always liked the name, with its echoes of Poland (an under-appreciated friend of freedom) and stars. ==== The title icon is explained here. ==== Switchover: This 2007 entry marks a sharp change in worldview from neocon to pure populist. ===== The long illustrated story of Polistra's Dream is a time-travel fable, attempting to answer the dangerous revision of New Deal history propagated by Amity Shlaes. The Dream has 8 episodes, linked in a chain from the first. This entry explains the Shlaes connection.