Month: March 2014

1st graders from Jacksonville, Florida are AWESOME!!

I want to share about some AWESOME students and kids who are in first grade in Martin J Gottlieb Day School located in Jacksonville, Florida. This wonderful group of students and AMAZING art teacher Mrs. Gutterman are doing some really cool things in class. My first thought is how cool to integrate the eagles at this young age as well as art class.

These students have been doing some cool projects with art as well as keeping eagle journals. I wanted to share this short video as well as some images that Mrs. Gutterman shared with me. This is a great start to the week and if these kids don’t put a smile on your face, then I don’t know what will.

Here is the power of an eagle camera.  We will be sharing more soon. Thanks to  Pamela Lewis and Shannon McVearry and Shana Gutternman for all of their hard work to help these students learn and see the world in a new way.

Here is a link if you want to more about the class and teacher http://mjgds.org/classrooms/art/

Liberty And Justice from MJGDS Classrooms on Vimeo.

 

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What is next for the students?

They plan on watching this video to learn more on Discovery Education (You need an account) http://app.discoveryeducation.com/search?Ntt=bald+eagle&N=18340
They will then be taking everything they have been learning and are going to turn it onto a Popplet (app)
The Popplet, their art and more activities will be turned into a 30 hands presentation.
Can you say SWEET! I love the energy and excitement from this class and teacher. This is better than coffee!

With a heavy heart I have to report that……

Liberty and Justice have lost an egg.

I am like many others that I don’t want to hear “Well, it is just nature taking its course.”

I know this is nature. I know these are eagles and we are watching reality television without a script or prompts. I know this is an animal. However, some of us have watched Liberty and Justice for years.

They are more than just “eagles”. They are animals that remind us of the joys of life. They struggled through the snow, wind, temperatures, and just plain survival. Through the camera we are able to watch, study, connect, and learn.

When I started this global project I knew the risk that things would not always turn out beautiful and perfect. You go into these things hoping for the best. You watch the beauty and majestic wonders of bald eagles.

We are able to connect with people from all over the world to share our concerns, our stresses, and joys when they hatch, develop,  and grow into adulthood. Along the way friendships are formed, recipes shared, and life stories begin to unfold.

When it comes to the global education project students connect from all over the world to study eagles, but more importantly learn 21st century skills as well as knock down the four cement walls of their classroom to learn from amazing students educators located hundred to thousands of miles away.

Today we are hit with hardship of one egg being lost.

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As we watched the parents work to hope that it was not true they still sat on the egg, rolled it, and in some ways were in denial of the truth. Finally, they have come to accept the fate of the egg.

What is weird is that I was crafting a completely different type of blog post when I heard the news. It has been a while since I posted due to a crazy schedule. I was tweaking a podcast as well to post today, but neither one really seems right to post. Today we are hit with the realities of life.

I look at this moment as a learning opportunity. Life is not perfect. Life is not fair. If everything was easy and perfect, then we would never realize what joy would really feel like. The upside is that we have one egg. We have two eagles that know how to survive through the rough conditions. They have had great success in the long-term. It reminds me that we must always work hard and not settle. We never know when our time is up nor do we know the outcomes. What we can control is how we deal with adversity. I am reading some books that really connect with this mindset as I write this that are clicking together right now. The Champion’s Mind and The Art of Learning. Reading these, dealing with the egg, and watching our high school basketball team fall short of a dream of theirs reminds me that through loss we can learn so much.

As we continue to watch the camera we will see two eagles stay the course, work hard to protect the other egg, and not give up. They won’t throw in the towel. They won’t fly away to warmer conditions. They won’t just call it quits. They will stay in the nest along with the cold, wind, and terrible conditions winter has brought. They will give all they have to ensure the egg has what it deserves to hatch. Will it hatch? There is no guarantee, but without hard work and determination all hope is lost.

Take this to reflect on your own life. Don’t give up. Stay strong when life throws you curveballs. Through it all there is always a light at the end of the tunnel. In a few short weeks I hope that light is an eaglet ready to enter this world!

As we have young students watching please let me know what questions or thoughts that you have. I am sure this won’t be easy for some of our young classrooms to understand or make sense of. The power of the community is what will help turn this into a great learning opportunity.