New York, My Home

25 Jul

Beautiful Seneca Lake! The Finger Lakes, my home!

A photo posted by Rob Martin (@digitalnomadrob) on

Picking fresh blueberries at the Sugar Shack, something our family enjoys doing each summer.

A photo posted by Rob Martin (@digitalnomadrob) on

Greetings! I hope you all have had a nice summer vacation. I just returned to Chennai last night after spending a month in the Finger Lakes region of New York State. When people think of New York, they often do not think of the images above. They think of New York City. I am from a small town in central New York between Rochester and Syracuse, two medium-size cities. I enjoyed my summer riding my mountain bike, picking fresh berries, visiting nearby state parks and enjoying the beauty of the region I call home. How was your vacation and where did you go?

Himachal Pradesh, India

16 Jun

Hi students –

Here are a few photos from my past week in Himachal Pradesh, a beautiful state in the north of India, known for the Himalayan mountains and Tibetan Buddhism (among many other things). These are some videos and photos from my Instagram site. If you are on Instagram, you can follow me and I would love to see your photos as well. I hope you are enjoying your summer. I leave for New York tomorrow morning early. 

Mr. Martin


Hanna’s Out of Eden Learn Project

16 Jun
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Screenshot by Rob Martin (Out of Eden Learn Instagram page)

Dancinginthemoonlight’s (Hanna’s) project was featured on Out of Eden Learn’s Instagram page today. Congratulations, Hanna! You can read see it by clicking HERE.

Bye! Bye! Have a Nice Summer!

3 Jun
G6 team

Bye, Bye from the Grade 6 Team

Keep calm

Language Arts: Book Trailers

1 Jun

Mrs. Hall and Ms. Jaya asked me to share your book trailers on our blog. I look forward to watching them. Good work, everyone!

LAST Day! Are you ready to KAHOOT?

1 Jun
B block

B block class – I will miss you all.

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Lekhana storms into the lead and wins at the end. Good job, everyone!


Ted moves into the lead, but eventually fades to 4th place!

D block

D Block students – we’ll miss you!


Hmmm….what’s the answer?


“I can’t believe I got that wrong!” said Gregor.

H block

Best of luck next year, H Block!

G block

Goodbye G Block! We’ll miss you.


Goodbye from the Humanities team (L.A. and S.S.)

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Have a great summer! Stay in touch!

Best of luck to our sixth graders! 

Do the Olympics Unite People?

31 May

ArjanJeongwonJohnnyLekhanaCharlotteImogenMadhulikaYoung inComputerHannahLekhana2Sangmin and CyrilTaehee

A few photos from the last two days showing students giving a speech, reading an essay, or showing a presentation where they answer the question: Do the Olympics unite people? 

Last Week of 6th Grade

30 May



We have arrived to our FINAL week of the school year. I want to thank you for your hard work, positive attitude and for making this a special year for us. We will miss you next year, especially those students who are leaving AISC. The following students will be returning to their country or going to another country for school next year: Chanmin, Changik, ChanWoo, Charlotte, Cyril, Jihyeon, Romane, Seohyeon, Yeobin, and Youhei. 

Make sure you exchange new email addresses and stay in touch with your friends. Goodbye is not forever, especially in the age of technology where we can easily keep in touch. Post a comment to wish someone well, tell us your summer vacation plans, and/or to mention something you will miss about social studies. It has been a true pleasure to teach you. Have a great summer!

Mr. Martin and Ms. Jaya

6th Grade Play, Graduation, etc.

25 May


This morning, we got to watch the seniors make some noise and celebrate their upcoming graduation on Saturday. Here are a few photos!

The 6th grade teachers are very proud of the students who participated in the play. We enjoyed both plays. Great work!

Sophia’s Blog – Save Earth: Save Us

24 May

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Check out Sophia’s animal blog, Save Earth: Save Us. It’s a very nice blog which focuses on endangered animals and the environment. It’s quite nice. Take a look, and post a comment. Click HERE to see the blog. Great job, Sophia. I hope you continue to make posters next year. 

Textbook Return

23 May

0618531270bPlease return your social studies textbook on Thursday (G/H) and Friday (B/D) blocks. Thanks!

Ancient Egypt Videos – Best of the Best

18 May

Here is a selection of video documentaries we made for our Egypt project. There were many excellent ones, and I believe we all developed new skills in developing an inquiry or question to research, learning how to stay organized when doing research, writing a script or storyboard, and making a video. The videos in this playlist were among the best ones I watched. Good work everyone!

Watch the world population grow in under six minutes

17 May

Watch human population grow from 1 CE to present and see projected growth in under six minutes. One dot = 1 million people. Video via (WorldPopulationHistory). Very cool video, but also scary when you think about our Earth’s limited resources and the environment. What do you notice when you watch this video (See – Think – Wonder).

End of the Year Party

13 May
Student activities

Lekhana and Michelle

End of Year Party on Friday, May 20 from 4:30-6:00 in the FAC Cafeteria.

Tickets are 200/- and will be available from Tuesday, May 17. Ticket sellers are student activities club members and Ms. Jaya (3129) and Mrs. Hall (3131). 

The Olympics

12 May


How did the Greeks honor their Gods? The Olympics were one way. Watch some of these videos and learn more about the birth of the Olympics. To learn more, read the section ‘Honoring the Gods’ in your textbook (pages 362 – 363).


Exploring your Hi(STORY)

10 May

Students are currently completing Footstep #3, Learning from other Generations. I have seen some wonderful examples of special objects from your family, and I have read some really wonderful stories as well. Here are five stories from 6th grade students (See – Think – Wonder + Connect). Click HERE to read it! We look forward to sharing other examples this week.

Learning From Other Generations

6 May

The next footstep for Out of Eden Learn, #3 is “Learning from other generations.” This is a very interesting footstep because it gives you the opportunity to study and make connections (See-Think-Wonder + Connect) an object. This object could be almost anything, as long as it’s about 20- 30 years old. Look at directions I have shared with you, watch Sheya’s video directions on Out of Eden Learn, and take a look at examples of other student work from our walking party to gather ideas. I think this is a great opportunity to learn more about an important possession of a family member. Note: You can interview anyone for this project. Please read the directions again!

I also want to congratulate Ella. Her neighborhood map was featured on Out of Eden Learn’s Instagram page. Great job!

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Ella’s neighborhood map on Instagram

The Geography of Greece

4 May

Isthmus from mainland Greece to the Peloponnesus

Isthmus of Central America

Isthmus of Central America






Korean peninsula

Greece is a beautiful country and its geography shaped life there. Click on these links to learn more about how Greeks used their limited land resources and trade to prosper.

Odyssey Online – Click on the link ‘geography’ and then look at the map link and look at the British Museum to get an introduction to the geography of Greece. 

Follow Odysseus’ travels to many fantastic lands with this story
Be an underwater archaeologist – take the challenge! Enjoy these links and post a comment telling me something interesting you learned about Greece.

May Birthdays

3 May

Happy Birthday Dog Singing

Happy birthday to the following students celebrating birthdays this month: Yewon (16), Aryan (18), Youhei (21), Madhulika (22), Efflam/Hanut (26). Let me know if I forgot anyone. Have a great day! I will add the June and July birthdays together at the end of the month. 

Paul Follows the Footsteps of Silk Road Traders

2 May

Three years ago, Pulitzer-winning journalist Paul Salopek embarked on a decade-long walk around the world, charting the path of the original human emigrants who left their birthplace in eastern Africa to spread across the globe. As he prepares to follow the Silk Road from Central Asia into China, Salopek checks in with Hari Sreenivasan to reflect on his journey thus far and what lies ahead. Watch the video and/or read the interview from PBS news and see what is next for the Out of Eden Walk.


Pyramids around the World

27 Apr



Sudan, Africa


Sudan, Africa


Guatemala, Central America

Pyramids are not only in Egypt! Check out some of the pyramids in these photos and take a look at some of the articles here. Also, watch the playlist of video clips below. If you have any good links, videos, or photos, please send them to Mr. Martin. Thanks!

Ancient Pyramids around the World (Smithsonian Magazine)

The World’s 15 Most Amazing Pyramids (

World Pyramids

Pyramids (British Museum) – try the challenge activity!

4,600 Year old Pyramid Discovered  Read all about it!

Google Hangout with Paul Salopek

26 Apr

Students – I watched the live Google Hangout with Paul Salopek, hosted by NatGeo Education. He answered one of our questions and you can hear it if you skip to 43:30 in this video. I encourage you to watch and listen to Paul’s entire talk and to learn more about him and the Out of Eden Walk. We will be doing another footstep project as soon as we finish our ancient Egypt project.

Questions for Paul?

24 Apr

ideaThanks for your interest in participating in the Google Hangout with Paul Salopek on Tuesday night. I had 17 students who expressed interest in coming to school at 8:30pm for this question and answer session with Paul. Unfortunately, our school was not among that three finalists when they randomly selected the schools. I still plan to watch the Google Hangout live and I would be happy to Tweet or email any questions to Paul on your behalf. If you have a question, please email me or post your question in the comment section below. I need the questions by Monday at 8:00pm. Thanks! – Mr. Martin


Paul Responds to Ted’s Post

24 Apr

Photo by Yejune (Ted)


Photo by Yejune (Ted)

I received a message from Out of Eden Learn telling me that one of my students received a personal message from Paul Salopek on their project. This excerpt come from the Out of Eden blog post by Liz Dawes Duraisingh:

“…Paul is getting ready to set off across the bleak and remote steppes of Kazakhstan. According to Paul, this part of his journey has been one of the most demanding because of the logistical preparations necessary to walk across terrain that hasn’t been traversed on foot in decades. Nevertheless, he recently found time to browse through and respond to student work from Out of Eden Learn. In an email to us he commented, “I’m blown awayas usualby the quality and thoughtfulness of the students’ work. Intellectually, it’s fascinating to see the cohesion of observationsand enthusiasmamong kids from all over the globe.” Twenty lucky students recently received a direct comment from Paul via our platform, including three who received a comment in Spanish (Paul is bilingual having spent much of his childhood in Mexico).”

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Image source: Yejune’s ‘Documenting the Everything’ photos and post

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Image source: Screenshot of Paul’s reply to Ted’s project

Congratulations to all of my students for their hard work on Out of Eden Learn. I think it’s fantastic that Paul is looking at student work while on his journey. 



Go Athletes!

21 Apr
Track and field

Hanut, Masataka, and Ryotaro (Photo by Rob Martin)


Good luck track and field athletes! We are proud of you.


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