Sunday, April 29, 2012

Arrived in San Francisco and this is a view from my room!  Then headed off to the first meeting - an orientation on the trip to Japan.  We will be doing a lot of school visits while there and also have a homestay with a Japanese family.

Dinner was spent talking with some of the teachers from Japan and the U.S.  Learned one of my first Japanese words:  Itadakimasu means Thank you for the meal.  I will try to post a new word each day.

Student questions:  What is Sustainability?  What are we doing at Howard Gray to be more sustainable?  (answer these in the comment section below)

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Off to San Francisco

One week till the San Francisco Joint Conference where I get to meet the U.S. and Japanese teacher participants! We'll be working on lots of activities around sustainability and learn about what other schools are doing around the U.S. and in Japan! It will be great to share our experiences at Howard Gray, but more so to learn about the activities and lessons that the other teachers are using in their classrooms.

I will be speaking at the conference about our sustainable garden at Howard Gray and the ECO program. We will also have the opportunity to visit the CuriOdessey Park and learn all about hands-on science and animal activities that they offer at this unique location. Another exciting activity during the conference is a dinner at the Consul General of Japan in San Francisco.