A few days ago, I was invited to visit Pohnpei, Micronesia through pictures. I was truly masmerized by my friend’s description of a photo of her standing at the blow holes at Tonga and the power of the sea.
As a a life- long learner myself, non- native speaker of English, an EFL teacher, someone whose kids made snow tunnels this February, I felt a need to experience and google concepts like lazy sting rays, puffer fish, coral reef, lagoon, snorkling and blow holes.
Since, I am in hospital now and have plenty of time, I continued my “visit” and listened to the concerns of the local people for the future of the islands in Micronesia.The cute, five or six- year old children joyfully crossing the shallow water of the street, may have to permanently leave their homes and islands, because they are being covered by the sea. The global warming again. How sad!
Let’s empower the youth in our classrooms to take action about problems that surround them. We even, don’t have to start from scratch. On March 21, 2012, the two polar explorers and educators Liv Arnesen and Ann Bancroft presented their Acess Water 2012 Expedition project at the third Microsoft Partners in Learning European Forum held in Lisbon, Portugal. If interested to help or participate, the only requirement is to register for free at Microsoft Partners in Learning Network. The project starts in November, 2012.
As for myself, I plan to lead my classroom, and perhaps a few other educators with their classrooms on the expedition to the South Pole.