8 weeks 3 days
Submitted by Cynthia L. Fong on Fri, 06/26/2009 - 18:10
Stand back: I am now officially entering the world of social networking...Generally a luddite but it's time to try new technologies. This has been our third day at sea aboard the JR (as it is fondly called). The ship recently underwent an incredible renovation in which it is now running more fuel efficiently and a real green operation. The crew take it to heart and walk the talk! It is really awesome.
The international crew aboard are all incredibly gracious and helpful. They all make you feel welcomed and home and despite my many blunders. They have such a positive and open perspective. It has been very smooth sailing though Frigidly cold (in terms of a now acclimatized Hawaii resident). We started having rougher seas as of last night but I'm sure my sea legs will appear at some point.
We have been very busy with introductions, being subjected to "Inquiry-Based" lessons in the form of inquiry. Hah, all those workshops where they were teaching and having me implement inquiry-based lessons...to have it done to oneself is a very humbling yet freeing experience. At least I now truly know how my students feel - all those stinkeyes they initially gave me were for good cause.
But what of it: It's all RAD...that is radiolarians...those little tiny microscopic fossils used to help date different sediments. These Rads and forams helped us discover and touch the Eocene-Oligocene Boundary. Wow! And guess what - I've got lessons up my sleeve that I am currently working on for my students to do...can't give away too much as the need for surprise is important.
They are keeping us busy and this is my first try ever at blogging. More later with photos and introductions to my accompanying teacher, Goldie, whom you will meet on my next blog. ;-)