What a busy week this has been!! On Monday afternoon we had a wonderful discussion on tides and later we talked about The Marginal World by Rachel Carson, which is a fantastic article that talks about the wonders of the ocean. On Tuesday we took a field to the Freeport Historical Society. We got a tour of the building and then examined old documents in groups and analyzed them carefully for meaning and context. On Wednesday we talked about the power of questions. We also did a really fun activity called the Wonder Circle. The whole class laid down on the yoga mats in a circle, and we asked questions that began with “I wonder…” The questions ranged from “I wonder if caterpillars can taste”, to “I wonder where my life is going”, and from “I wonder how many sides the yurt has” to “I wonder if animals laugh at us.” It was a fascinating activity; I could have done it all day. There was so much freedom, you let your mind wonder and ask questions and you also mentally explored the questions everyone else was asking. On Thursday, our Marine Science class took a field trip to a local mud flat located near Recompense Campground on Wolfes Neck. That trip was a blast, many of us got stuck in the depths of the mud and had to dug each other out! It was 24˚ out but we all still had a blast. On Friday we listened to a guest speaker talk about her life as an aspiring scientist. Yesterday, we drove in vans to Lewiston and listened to a Somali woman named Fajah talk about her emigration from Somali to the United States. It was a humbling talk. She let us ask questions and we learned so much about what life was like in Somali and what it was like transition to life in the US. Her talk really made me think twice about what I complain about. She also served us delicious native Chai tea and samosas! We got our picture taken with her and met two of her daughters. Today, we had brunch around 10:30 and then left for Portland a little after noon. When we arrived in Portland, we took split into groups of 3 or more and went around to local cafes to study. It was so great to be out in society again! Gail set 2 rules for us: we were only allowed to buy one decaf drink, and nothing else. I got so much work done. It was a lovely afternoon!
Have a great week 🙂