July 31, 1997
A few days ago I mailed a letter to my students asking them to write a short introduction for their homepages. They could either e-mail them to me or send it by snailmail. I think I am the only teacher that sent a summer homework assignment, but I am doing my share of work too! So far I got a few introductions and it is exciting to learn about my students before I meet them.
August 18, 1997
The first two classes sent me their poems for the Apples project. I can't begin to describe the excitement as I read these poems and uploaded them on the site. What a wonderful feeling it is to work with such cooperative people on an Internet project. One school is from Australia and the other is from South Africa. They both sent me wonderful feedback and I must admit I was very proud of myself. All my web design is done at home with no financial or time compensation. I have spent hours and hours of my summer vacation working on these projects but the sense of accomplishment and pride make it all worth it.
August 23, 1997
Today I will be leaving to visit Moscow for a week. I hope to get materials that I can bring back to my students to enrich my unit on Russia. My husband will attempt to make a video of this trip but we will also take slides just in case!
August 30, 1997
I visited both Moscow and St. Petersburg. Russia is a very interesting country that is both similiar and very different to the United States. The museums and architecture
were fascinating and beautiful. I am looking forward to our unit on Russia sometime in the winter. Below is a photo of St Basil's Cathedral that was taken with my digital camera.
September 9, 1997
This evening we had Parents' Night at our school. I showed the parents a PowerPoint presentation about what the children will be learning this year in my class. Click here for the slide show.