Selecting Powerful Images / Writing Good Captions

21 Apr

In class this week, you have finished your essay where you have compared and contrasted your two places (countries) and you have ensured that you cited your resources (Work Cited/Bibliography) under your essay. This should all be on your note-taking template under your notes. Once this is finished, you are now ready to move to the final stage of your project. It’s time to make a product that visually demonstrates your learning of the physical and cultural characteristics of your two places. You are:

  1. Collecting images and writing citations for your images.

  2. Storing your images in a folder (desktop, Google Drive, or another place of your choice).

  3. Saving the URL for each image you find and adding it to the work cited information.

These two videos are helpful resources as you write citations for your images.

OOEL Footstep #2 Projects

12 Apr

OOEL LJ2 #2 ShivOOEL LJ2 #2 LokeshOOEL LJ2 #2 GyuboOOEL LJ2 #2 GauthamOOEL LJ2 #2 FinnOOEL LJ2 #2 ChaeyoungBTSLoverGoldenFlashOOEL LJ 2 #2 SumanOOEL LJ@ #2 HakinOOEL LJ2 #2 Annie

Here is a roundup of some more of the diagrams from our last Out of Eden Learn project. I will be adding some more examples. I was very impressed with the diagrams and the connections you made between your life and the past. There are several I would like to save to share with future students I teach. If you are wondering when we will begin the next Out of Eden Learn projects, they will start again when we are done with our Comparing Places project. 

China and Renewable Energy

11 Apr

China is the world’s largest emitter of greenhouse gases, using fossil fuels to drive rapid industrialization. So why is it now investing billions of dollars in green technology? Watch this video to learn more. I saw this video today and thought it was a nice connection to economy and the environment and what is happening in China today. 

Featured in Out of Eden Learn (Instagram)

7 Apr

Out of Eden Learn (Instagram) featured Amy’s diagram from our recent footstep project (Making Connections Between Out Lives and the Past). Great job, Amy! I will add some more examples soon.


The Economy Playlist

3 Apr

This playlist features helpful videos to review some of the concepts we have been learning about in class. Our last area of research for your project is on the economy of your two countries. Continue to use the guiding questions on the shared document (“What is good information?) as you complete your research this week.


April Birthdays

2 Apr


Happy birthday to the following people celebrating birthdays this month: Christian(6), Mr. Martin (22), Axel and Finn (23), and Emi (29). If I forgot anyone, let me know and I will edit this list. Have a great day!

Comparing Places

29 Mar

Here are some videos that compare countries or places.

Night Owl – Food, Bottle, Toiletries Drive

23 Mar

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Please remember to bring some items to your advisory class!

Night Owl Ideas

Ideas Brainstormed (Photo by Rob Martin)

BriarHill World Tour Summary

19 Mar

Photo by Rob Martin


I’d like to thank Luca, Christian, Vedha, Emi, Shandaneh, and Clara for participating in the Briar Hill 24 Hour World Tour on Friday, March 10, after school. It was a nice opportunity to learn about a public school in the United States (Texas) and for our students to share information about AISC. Here is a link to the blog for this project: BriarHill23hrWorldTour.

Welcome back – Cartoons

19 Mar
Greek Cartoon

Image source: The New Yorker

HW cartoonWe hope you had a restful vacation and we look forward to seeing you on Tuesday, a 2F day. On Tuesday, you will post your Out of Eden work for Footstep #2 of Learning Journey #2. 

Miruna’s Poll Question

9 Mar

Send me more poll questions!

Goodbye Party

9 Mar

Goodbye and good luck to Moeno, Tomoki, and Mayu. It was a pleasure to teach you. Please stay in touch with your friends at AISC!


7 Mar

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An exciting opportunity to available for you on Friday from 3:30pm – 4:00pm if you are interested in coming to my classroom to participate in the Briarhill 24 Hour World Tour. A school in Texas (USA) is doing a 24 hour Skype activity with teachers, students, and professionals around the world. It will be 4:00am their time and 3:30pm our time. A Google Form has been sent you with more information and a request for participation. This is optional, but I would love to have some students answer questions from their students. Please respond to the Google Form by Thursday at 3:30pm. 


How Religion Spread Around the World

5 Mar

Hinduism, Buddhism, Christianity, Judaism, and Islam are five of the biggest religions in the world. Over the last few thousand years, these religious groups have shaped the course of history and had a profound influence on the trajectory of the human race. Through countless conflicts, conquests, missions abroad, and simple word of mouth, these religions spread around the globe and forever molded the huge geographic regions in their paths.


When watching this video, what you see or notice?

What does it make you think about?

What questions or wonderings do you have when you watch this video?  


What story does this video tell you about the spread of religion?

What does it mean for an idea to spread? 

What needs to happen for an idea to spread?

Google Hangout with Paul Salopek

3 Mar

Students –

National Geographic Education hosted a live event last night where teachers and students could ask Paul Salopek questions about his journey. He got quite a few new questions in this interview from Bishkek, where he is spending the winter months. Check it out!

March Birthdays

2 Mar


Happy birthday to the following students celebrating birthdays this month: Luca (3), Mr. Ranson (6), Florian (11), Byunggeon(24), Mayu (28), and Aidan (29). If I forgot anyone, let me know and I will fix it. Have a great day!

Fake News vs. Real News

27 Feb


This Thursday we will have our second Inspiration Conversation of this year on Fake News vs. Real News. We will be meeting on the 2nd Floor of the ES/MS CIC at 3:45 for snacks and refreshments, and we will start the session at 4:15. I hope that you can join us as we explore what makes news fake, what tools do we have to help us determine if something is fake, and what role do we have in stopping the spread of fake news. This is a pressing and important issue in the world today, which plays a role in everyone’s life. This is open to MS and HS students. See you there!



A little humor!

26 Feb



Image source: The New Yorker

Best Dab Poll (Stem Fest)

21 Feb


Dab A Group

Dab A Group

Dab B Group

Dab B Group

Dab C Group

Dab C Group


Dab D Group

Great job at STEM Fest! I loved the projects (Sustainable AISC and Surviving a Flood), and I can see you worked hard and learned a lot. I am not sure who started the dab dance move at Stem Fest, but here are a few photos I took. We need more poll questions. Vote for the best one, and send me some more poll questions to add to our class blog.

stem-3 stem1 stem2


A Perspective on Chennai

21 Feb


Here is an excerpt from an interview that Riley (S.S.AllTheThings) did with Ms. Megha in 5th grade. This is a really interesting answer to her question – How has Chennai changed since you have been here?

If you feel you got an a really interesting answer to this questions for Out of Eden Footstep #4 (Learning Journey #1), let me know, and I will add it here. Good job, Riley.


Learning Journey 2 Begins!

17 Feb

Students –

We have been working hard on our new project, a country comparison project. We will take a short break for next class and begin Out of Eden Learn – Learning Journey 2. Listen to Paul’s special message to students:

Here are the instructions for the first footstep. These have been shared with you too, as a Google Document. 

You will have an opportunity to view many of the excellent photos on the Out of Eden Walk Instagram site and to choose one to do a See-Think-Wonder visible thinking routine. Here are two of his photos.

Goodbye to Aziz, Tolik, Haram, and Mouse—and #Uzbekistan. #Kyrgyzstan border.

A post shared by Out of Eden Walk (@outofedenwalk) on

Crossing the Tien Shan mountains to the Fergana Valley, #Uzbekistan.

A post shared by Out of Eden Walk (@outofedenwalk) on

What is climate?

4 Feb

What is climate? How is climate different than weather? You will be researching the climate of your country for your project. These videos could be helpful.

February Birthdays

31 Jan


Happy birthday to the following students celebrating their birthday in February: Tomoyasu (2), Arnav (3), Seojin (9), Hayden (24), Amelie (25), and Clara (27). If we forgot anyone, please let me know. 

M.S. Spirit Week

30 Jan

Dress for Success (Photo by Mr. Martin)


Dress for Success Day (Photo by Rob Martin)


Multiples Day (Photo by Rob Martin)


Multiples Day (Photo by Rob Martin)

This week is MS Spirit Week!  Show your spirit by following the spirit week dress code.

Monday –  Multiples Day 

Tuesday: “Dress to Impress” Day

Wednesday: Pyjama Day

Thursday: Decades Day (50s, 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s).  NO ELECTRONIC GADGETS DAY!

Friday: Rainbow Day  

OOEL – Footstep #4 – Listening to Neighbor’s Stories

22 Jan

Image source: Clipartfest

This week we will be learning about the art of asking good questions during an interview. You will interview a local person who lives in Chennai and write a story or the highlights of the interview (Question and Answer format). We will brainstorm a list of possible subjects you can interview and what makes a good question. The directions and rubric are on Moodle in the Out of Eden section and folder for 2016 – 2017. There are also exemplars or good examples of interviews done last year. They can help give you an idea of what is expected.