Tag Archives: Out of Eden Learn

Snapshot Autobiographies + Out of Eden Learn

17 Sep

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Here are a few photos of your work on your snapshot autobiography from class on Thursday and Friday. Most of you nearly finished in class. Finish them before class on Monday and Tuesday and be prepared to share them with your classmates. Review the expectations and rubric that has been emailed to you and also shared on PowerSchool. Out of Eden Learn begins next week! More details will be provided in class. 

"Sadness is but a wall between two gardens." —Kahlil Gibran

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New pack donkey. Alai mountain crossing, #Kyrgyzstan. Photo credit: Sunny Lambert

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Out of Eden Learn is Coming Soon!

30 Aug

Road worker Abdulkhalek Abdrakhmanov carries his daughter, Bukhalima, in the Pamir Mountains of #Tajikistan.

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Support vehicle: cargo horse and rider, Alai range, #Kyrgyzstan.

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Seven levels of nourishment: village feast, #Kyrgyzstan.

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Learning from Past Generations

29 May

Students have completed their final Out of Eden Learn footstep for the year, Learning from Past Generations. Students interviewed someone, typically a family member, about a meaningful and old object (at least 30 years!). They learned to develop their interviewing skills through the types of questions they would create and ask. Each student wrote a story that highlighted the most important details from the interview. Learning the story behind the object and why it is meaningful were key things to learn. I love this activity because students learn new things about their parents and their own family history. Here are some excerpts from some stories:

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“Overall, I had an awesome time learning about something that I never knew my mom was carrying with her for the past fifteen years!!” – Emi

“After the interview was over, I thanked my grandmother for letting me interview her. In addition, this interview has helped me get to know my grandmother more. Furthermore, this experience has improved my relationship with my grandmother.” – Nashiha

‘I think this was a valuable interview because I learnt a lot about my mother.   I always knew she was nostalgic about most of her possessions and this ring had a great memory.  I am so satisfied at the end since I know she was very proud to be in a family which respected female children.  As quoted by her, “This ring is so precious not only because it has travelled several generations but also it shows the respect of a female child in my family.”’ – Suman

“At the end of this interview, I learned quite a bit about the dynamics between my mother and grandfather. It’s quite inspiring how inspired my mother was by my grandfather!!!  I think my mother will keep this letter for as long as humanly possible!” – Shanmuga

‘“Objects that are from the past are like flashbacks you have on the back of your mind.” I interviewed my grandmother. The object I interviewed her about was a necklace that she had ever since she was a kid. My grandmother has had it since 1956, when she was 5 years old. The necklace is made out of gold. The necklace is about a foot long.’ – Shandaneh

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“People have many things that are meaningful to them. These can be an artifacts, heirlooms, or something that reminds them of good memories. For this footstep I interviewed my mom about something that meant a lot to her. This happened to be a stuffed animal. Surprisingly, it is in fairly nice condition considering that it is over 40 years old.” – Owen

“Anything can hold memories. It can be a photo or something passed down from generations. That one thing for my grandmother was a large bowl. The bowl is heavy and is gold in color with black specs on it. It’s shiny and clean, but you can still tell that it is still old. I never really wondered what it was even though I walk past it every day. In conclusion, my interview with my grandmother was very informational. It helped me learn about an object which I thought was just a random artifact in my house. It also helped me learn about my grandmother’s love for my great great grandmother.” – Shiv

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“In conclusion, my interview with my dad was very, very interesting because I learned a lot of things about him and now I feel like just listening to this interview again because it inspires me to do a lot of things. For example, achieving a lot of things like helping other people in many ways.” – Lokesh

Asking Follow-Up Questions

12 May

As we prepare to do interviews for our next Out of Eden Learn footstep (Learning from Past Generations), we will talk more about the importance of asking follow up questions. Here are some helpful videos that tells you more about these questions.

OOEL Footstep #2 Projects

12 Apr

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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. 

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.

 

A Perspective on Chennai

21 Feb

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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.

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

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

22 Jan
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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. 

Paul on the Silk Road

8 Jan

In class we have been learning about the Silk Road. Here is a new article about Paul Salopek and his walk. You can also listen to the interview with him as well. Here is a script of the interview. In his article, he says this about the Silk Road and globalization, something we will discuss this week:

For the past year, Salopek has been following the ancient Silk Road trade routes that once connected China to Mediterranean. Merchants used to move precious cloths and spices. Now they move precious oil and gas. Globalization has made it possible to extract the region’s abundant natural resources, which has brought prosperity to a small but growing middle class in the region. However, that prosperity has also created resentment. Many locals are being left behind. 

“That’s happening in North America too, of course,” he tells Chattopadhyay (the interviewer). “That’s what’s driving some of these movements against globalization.”

Happy New Year & Welcome Back!

8 Jan

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Greetings and Happy New Year! I hope you and your family had a wonderful vacation with family and friends and that you are ready for school tomorrow. Tomorrow is a 1A day. I had a nice vacation with family in New York State. Here are two photos I took in New York City, one of Rockefeller Center where they have a huge Christmas tree and ice skating rink and the other of the Empire State Building showing Christmas colors. 

I received this message from Out of Eden Learn the other day. Jinwon received a personal message on her photos from Paul Salopek. You can see her photos if you click on the link and read his comment. I have pasted it below too:

This is a reply from Paul Salopek:

Your text and photos are great examples of keen observation. The physical details, the noting of time and place, the background (a bit of recent history), all these elements are what journalists like me use to build a good story. It requires close attention. Keep at it. Carry a small notepad around with you to jot such things down—you can use them in later stories.

 

Google Hangout with Paul Salopek – Tomorrow!

15 Dec
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Students –  We have an exciting opportunity tomorrow at 10:30am in the CIC. Paul Salopek and Out of Eden Learn will be hosting a LIVE Google Hangout Question and Answer (Q & A) session for students and teachers. He is in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. Please comment here or send me a question you would like to ask. He has been walking the the ancient routes of the Silk Roads, so this is also a great opportunity to ask him questions about this topic. Your A block teacher will release you to go to the CIC. Here is a great CNN story about the Silk Roads today with interactive maps and stories about the countries along the present day ancient networks for the Silk Roads. Click HERE to see the stories. 

Samarkand fast food: plov, bread, rice soup. #Uzbekistan.

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"Tamerlane’s Gate"—an ancient pass north to China. Near Jizak, #Uzbekistan.

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More Out of Eden Photos!

7 Dec
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I am sharing some more photos and a few very thoughtfully written reflections by students in their e-portfolios. I am really impressed with your photos and I have enjoyed reading your reflections. The ones I shared here are among several that really impressed me and where students made strong connections between Paul’s walk and your work with Out of Eden Learn. Keep up the good work. We will start Out of Eden, Footstep #4 as soon as we return from winter break and we will aim to finish the remaining two footsteps by the end of January or early February. Keep up the good work!

Out of Eden Learn Footstep #3 Photos

20 Nov

Here are a few photos from Out of Eden Learn, Footstep #3 – Neighborhood Walk Photos. We are enjoying the photos and stories from this footstep project. Please remember to post your photos and story on Out of Eden Learn, reply to any questions your receive, and thank other students from our walking party who comment or praise your work. Continue to comment and share your questions in our walking party.

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Taking Neighborhood Walks (OOEL – Footstep #3)

11 Nov

We are launching Footstep #3 today and Monday (11/14). The footstep is posted on Out of Eden and you can see the directions there. They have also been added to the Moodle folder for Out of Eden Learn, along with a rubric. Here is a video of the directions, along with a a video I made of some photos made by students. You will see more examples of photos by looking at examples done by other students in our walking party. Out of Eden Walk has an Instagram page where you can see Paul’s photos. Click on the link to see some amazing photos! 

Gallery Walk & Reflection (Out of Eden Learn)

11 Nov

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In class this week, students learned about SMART goals and created a one goal for a learning habits or area they wanted to improve in our new trimester. Students also reflected on Out of Eden Learn, Footstep #2 and responded to these two questions in their notebook:

What did you learn about your neighborhood or what did you notice about your neighborhood?

How does this activity connect with Paul’s journey and/or the Out of Eden Project?

Creating Neighborhood Maps

23 Oct

Students have finished Out of Eden Learn, Footstep #2 – Creating a Neighborhood Map – and written a story using one of the five prompts provided by Out of Eden. Here are is a sample of some more of the maps that were created. After Week Without Walls, we will share the maps in a Gallery Walk with our classmates. Click on the images to see a slideshow.

 

Social Studies Updates

19 Oct
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Peer editing with a focus on capitalization (Photo by Rob Martin)

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Peer editing (Photo by Rob Martin)

We have had a busy two weeks leading up to our Week Without Walls trip on Monday. You are in the process of finishing your Egypt or Mesopotamia Inquiry Project (G.R.A.P.E.S. Historical Themes), and most of you have also finished your latest Out of Eden Learn activity, Footstep #2, Creating a Neighborhood Map. I have shared some photos here of some of our work, and will share some more here on the class blog and my Twitter handle (@DigitalNomadRob – #G6SSAISC). Out of Eden Learn has already seen some of your maps and has shared them as well. Great job!

You will be given class time tomorrow and Friday to work on your project. Please finish them over the weekend, if you do not finish tomorrow. When we return from Week Without Walls on Tuesday, November 1 (No school on Monday, Oct. 31), we will only have four days left in trimester 1. Our goals for the rest of the trimester are:

  1. To make sure everyone has finished their summative (final) project.

  2. To make sure you have finished Footstep #2 (Out of Eden Learn) and posted it on their site.

  3. Written comments on other posts from our OOEL walking party – Part 3 of Out of Eden Learn, Footstep #2.

When these things are done, you will need to write a reflection and add both #1 and #2 above to your e-portfolio (More on this later!). Keep up the good work!

Out of Eden Learn: Uncovering the Everyday – Share Your Photo!

16 Oct

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This is a photo taken by a former student, Kennedy Porter (8th grade), when she did Out of Eden Learn. It is currently on display at Harvard University’s Monroe C. Gutman Library Gallery. Out of Eden Learn is inviting students to take photos of something interesting in their neighborhood. See the directions below. You can share your photo via Instagram or Twitter or email your photo and a brief description (example: what it is and where it was taken) to: learn@outofedenwalk.com

I have shared a few photos I have taken in my neighborhood, Kottivakkam.

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Decorated dump trucks in Kottivakkam, Chennai, India (Photo by Rob Martin)

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Decorated dump trucks in Kottivakkam, Chennai, India (Photo by Rob Martin)

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Kottivakkam neighborhood (Photo by Rob Martin)

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Kottivakkam, Chennai, India (Photo by Rob Martin)

October Birthdays + Next Week

8 Oct

Happy birthday to all of the grade 6 students celebrating birthdays this month: Leo (15), Lokesh & Seongwon(19), Junwoo (25), Yejin (26) and Hana (28). If I left anyone off this list or made an error, let me know. Enjoy the rest of your vacation and see you on Monday, which will be a 1A Day. I am enjoying my vacation in Vietnam and have added some photos to my Instagram account which is on my class blog. Here is one photo I took the other day.

We look forward to hearing about your vacation, whether you stayed in Chennai or traveled. Next week we will continue working on our research project and also introduce Out of Eden Learn Footstep #2 – Creating a Neighborhood Map. Students in our walking party have already begun posting their maps. You can see their maps and comment.

UN Day, Our Research Project, & More…

23 Sep

We have had a busy week! Here are some photos from today’s United Nations Day celebrations. Here are some videos from Mr. Hoover from students around the world sharing their views on peace.  

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Grade 6 social studies invited Mr. Jet to our classroom this week for a talk on how we find information for our project. What is information? Where do we find it? How do we know it’s good information? He shared some tips on how we can evaluate whether a source is good or not (i.e. Is the person who write that book an expert?) and also shared the World Book Online website, which we will use as one of our resources when doing our research project. Students also finished their first footstep for Out of Eden Learn. You have introduced yourself to our walking party and you are commenting and asking questions to learn more about the other students around the world who are in our walking party. Finally, what is a compelling question? That was also reviewed this week. Have a great weekend!

Watch Paul’s Interview!

17 Sep

Thank you to the students who wrote questions and watched the LIVE interview with Paul Salopek from Uzbekistan. If you missed the interview, you can watch it here! I feel fortunate that I was invited to be among a small group (five!) that was able to be on screen and to ask questions on behalf of you. There were many good questions for Paul, but I was able to ask two (at the beginning and near the end). Several of the questions that you asked and posted on our ‘wondering wall’ were among the questions asked by other students around the world.

I learned many new things about Paul, his guide (Aziz), and his journey: the power of storytelling, borders, why he walks, his role in helping others, schools he visits in other countries, what keeps him going, his family, plans for writing a book, the funniest moments on the trail, countries and regions he looks forward to visiting, crossing large bodies of water, and whether or not he listens to music while walking. There were several other topics he discussed. Watch the video and comment on something you learned or thought was interesting.

Some personal takeaways that I made connections to:

Some comments by Paul in his interview: The walk is his work. His workplace is the road, the trail, the mountain pass he must cross. Many strangers he meets have been kind. People are compassionate. Compassion erodes (or defeats) fear. It is important to be curious about the world. It is important to engage in the world and to learn it. Walking gives him a sense of confidence and he has become calmer and more peaceful. He will most remember the people he meets on his journey.

Mr. Martin

LIVE interview tonight with Paul Salopek (Out of Eden Walk)

16 Sep
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Photo taken by John Stanmeyer (@johnstanmeyer) – Out of Eden Walk Instagram

The interview with Paul Salopek is tonight. I have sent you a link where you can watch it live. The local time for the interview will be 8:30pm and it will end at 9:30pm. I hope he will answer one of our questions!

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A Busy Week!

11 Sep

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Students –

We learned about Paul Salopek’s Out of Eden Walk last week. Next, you will join our walking party for Out of Eden Learn and start your first footstep. Here are the towns or cities who will be in our walking party:

OUR TWO WALKING PARTIES (B/D BLOCKS AND F/H BLOCKS):
Location:  from the U.S.A. Atlanta, Georgia; Houston, Texas; Chicago, Illinois; Danville, California; Marblehead, Massachusetts; Oak Hill, Florida; Portland, Oregon; Oxnard, California; Hockessin, Deleware. From other countries: Accra, Ghana

Here are two photos of students learning about Paul Salopek and his journey.

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Finally, students shared their Egypt and Mesopotamia mind maps in a gallery walk and we worked on developing skills in giving feedback and learning what is helpful (good) vs. Not so helpful or detailed feedback (Mmmmm….not so good). We will continue to work on this throughout the year because one thing you will be doing a lot of on Out of Eden Learn is giving feedback and asking questions to other students in our walking party.

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Helpful, detailed feedback on the right vs. Not so-detailed feedback. We will continue to work on this skill. (Photo by Rob Martin)

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Gallery Walk for our Mind Maps

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Out of Eden Learn – Coming Soon!

30 Aug

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