My Nespelem teacher wife’s class will get a call from Antarctica scientist tomorrow, but her kids are already engaged at her blog, where they’re practicing how the written word is used for making a point.
Kids don’t necessarily get the connection between writing and communication. They often just view it as a subject they have to take in school. When they engage with real people out in the real world online, not face to face, it forces them to use the skills teachers are trying to teach. Suddenly it all becomes relevant, and kids try harder.
Yes, Scott, you are right about trying harder in real-life communication settings. My students and I are learning that now.
In addition to their connection with the Antarctica scientist, Sheri’s students are also actively involved with two classes in Iowa right now (mine included). We are all up to our elbows in written communication and the frustrations that occur when we don’t communicate well in writing. It is forcing us all to use our skills in ways we have never had to before!
I’m excited for Sheri and this great opportunity to talk to Jeff Bowman and his team in Antarctica.