Students Hailey, Emily and William in the Top 20 Teens class did a presentation on Fetal Alcohol Synsdrome. Students in this group invited in guest speaker Barb Clark from the MN Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (MOFAS). Students in the class were required to do a 30-40 minute presentation on a mental health issue. Presentations had to include many facets, including: diagnosis, school impact & life outcomes.
Barb Clark, the guest speaker from MOFAS offered interesting commentary and facts, including her own personal experience in raising a daughter (by adoption) with FAS (Fetal Alcohol Syndrome). Did you know that any drink containing alcohol can harm a baby at any time during pregnancy? Ms. Clark urged students that FAS and FASD (Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder) is 100% preventable. The speaker noted was that there are still doctors who say it is okay to drink a glass of wine during pregnancy. Ms. Clark strongly urged that any alcohol, including wine, should not be consumed during pregnancy!
Kudos to these students for bringing in a great speaker for us to learn from :)
On Thursday the 26 we did an experiment with yeast, we took two spoonfuls of sugar, and one spoonful of yeast and mixed them together in a cup. We then poured the mix into a bottle and added some warm water, (we learned that if your water is too hot then it will kill the yeast, but one the other side if the water is too cold then it wont activate the yeast). We then mixed it gently and put a balloon on the top, we only had water balloons which made it hard to put on the water bottle they kept ripping. Keeping our timers going and our rulers handy we patiently awaited the two minute mark, we measured the circumference of the balloons every two minutes and marked the results on a worksheet. Sadly weather it was because of the fact that we had water balloons rather than regular balloons, or the fact that we used a serving spoon instead of a table spoon, the experiment turned out to be a dud. Sadly our results were less than accurate, to our chagrin our balloons only stood up and quivered. One of the balloons to our amusement had become a vacuum, the amount of air in the bottle was severely lacking. We may try this experiment again one day, but for now the memory of this experiment will remain a very entertaining fail
Check out Jason and Josie's presentation on "Expeditions and the Hero's Journey" at the 2012 MAAP Conference. Learn about the three levels of expeditions at NWPHS as well as the benefits of these adventures for students.
The Alternative Education Resource Organization (AERO) was founded in 1989 by Jerry Mintz. AERO is a branch of the School of Living, a non-profit organization founded in 1934 by Ralph Borsodi. AERO's goal is to advance student-driven, learner-centered approaches to education. AERO is considered by many to be the primary hub of communications and support for educational alternatives around the world. Education Alternatives include, but are not limited to, Montessori, Waldorf (Steiner), Public Choice and At-Risk, Democratic, Homeschool, Open, Charter, Free, Sudbury, Holistic, Virtual, Magnet, Early Childhood, Reggio Emilia, Indigo, Krishnamurti, Quaker, Libertarian, Independent, Progressive, Community, Cooperative, and Unschooling. One of AERO's areas of expertise is democratic process and democratic education, but equally important is the networking of all forms of educational alternatives. It is through our work and mission that we hope to create an education revolution.
NWPHS is hosting the 3rd Annual Project Foundry Un-conference July 26-28 in Coon Rapids MN. Don't miss this opportunity to leverage PF and learn from some of the most innovative PBL educators from across the nation. Register at the following link: http://bit.ly/fTKxfQ
Today at the Raptor Center students learned about the pesticide DDT. DDT was used in the U.S. between the 1940's & 70's to control mosquitoes. Unfortunately it had very negative impacts on birds at the top of the food chain. DDT weaken the shells of birds eggs to the point where they would break when sat on by their mothers.
Students conducted an experiment today to measure the strength of chicken eggs, which are similar in size to Peregrine Falcon eggs. In the experiment students predicted the amount weight an egg could hold. In the end the egg we tested held just over 60lbs, a far cry from the 2lbs of a mother Peregrine Falcon.
Reform: To return to a good state. Redesign: A plan for making changes to the structure and functions of a system so as to better serve the purpose of the original design, or to serve purposes different from those set forth in the original design.
I look at the reform movement in education and see a form of insanity that boggles the mind. It is as if the past education structure was good and all we need to do is bring it back to its previous glo … Read More
Today we visited the University of Minnesota Raptor Center as part of our Ornithology Class. We were introduced to the center and several of its residents. We met a Peregrine Falcon, a Great Horned Owl, an Eastern Screech Owl and a Red-Tailed Hawk. We were able to see them eat chicks and mice. We are going to be going every Wednesday throughout the term. We are all looking forward to next weeks visit.