Monthly Archives: September 2011

Teaching Science in the South Pacific and a Plea for Teaching Advice

Teaching science is a little weird for me here since all of the books we have are from the U.S. We can’t use the majority of the solar system unit because it focuses on the northern hemisphere. For instance, there … Continue reading

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Fa’alavelave

Yesterday was a very sad day for our school. Our Vice Principal died. He was my Samoan language teacher but he was only able to teach two classes at the beginning of the school year before he became very dehydrated … Continue reading

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Tsunami drills, anniversary prep, and some interesting perspectives from 7 year olds

September 29th is the anniversary of the tsunami that hit Tutuila (the main island) in 2009. Something like 34 people were killed and one entire elementary school building was destroyed. Even though the tsunami did not hit our island, Ta’u, … Continue reading

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A day in the life: the typical, the bizarre, and the extraordinary

School was cancelled yesterday morning because the water in Faleasao (possibly on the whole island?) was not working. The Faleasao kids, who all live within a 3-minute walk of the elementary school, were sent home around 7. About ten minutes … Continue reading

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9/11 Memorial Assembly

The English committee at Faleasao Elementary hosted a 9/11 memorial assembly today. We had a banner competition and each class performed a song or poem. Afterward, we watched a few slide-shows about 9/11 and then had a balloon release (students … Continue reading

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Oh no biggie…just whale watching and sun-bathing in September.

Wow, I haven’t posted anything in a while! Don’t worry; I’m still here! Today started out as not-the-best day. My Kindle died yesterday. My watch stopped working this morning. I barely got any sleep last night because I kept hearing … Continue reading

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