Monday, October 19, 2015

Welcome Aboard, 5th Graders!

I can't believe the new school year has already started, as it was just yesterday we were 3D printing ocean organisms and building underwater ROVs. It has been a great first couple of days with a mixture of old and new faces, and we are ready to hit the ground running with a STEMtastic year!

Click here to read my NOAA Teacher at Sea Blog.
I recently returned from a summer adventure in Alaska. I was selected as a NOAA Teacher at Sea (for the second time!) in the spring, and spent 3 weeks in Kodiak, Alaska helping scientists conduct the yearly walleye pollock survey. This experience gave me new insight into teaching, and I am committed to embedding my learning into everything we do this school year (and hopefully for years to come).

With that thought in mind, I decided to go with a nautical theme for my classroom this year. I have never been one for themes, but this one seemed fitting, and as I thought about it more, there are many connections to the atmosphere I am trying to create in our room. Here are a few pictures to help show our nautical connections.

Our job board complete with a nautical chart of Kodiak

"Sail Away With a Book"- The classroom library

Just a few photos outside the door attached to some fishing net from the ship

Entering Pier 112, our classroom

A reminder to the students: We are all members of the crew
It is going to be a great, nautical themed year!