Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Me & Continental Drift

When I about 9 or 10 years old, I used to look at a globe and wonder why South America and Africa looked like they should fit together jigsaw style. I began to become haunted with questions about the earth, how it's parts realted with one another, began forming maps in my head of structures and places. When I got to high school, but before I made the kinds of friends that got me running around and getting into trouble, I spent a few lonely lunch-hours in the library looking at filmstrips and reading Latin quotations (don't ask me why). I only remember one of the Latin quotes ("difficultatis patrocinia praeteximus seginitae" ...sp?). But, from the filmstrips on continental drift, I learned that some well-known geographers (Wegener, Tuzo Wilson) asked the same questions. I think my interest in the subject was one of the reasons I took Geography at university and one of the reasons I became a teacher. What powerful things motivate you? What things you've picked up along the way will influence your future?

Friday, February 24, 2006

Collage Websearch #1

Spend some time googling the time period from Unit 1 Canada to World War One (1900 to 1920). Look at fashion, technology, sports, activities. Copy and past these images as a graphics into a word, appleworks, or fireworks file and build a 8.5x11 collage. When you are done, print off one copy which you can use as a page divider in you binders for Unit 1. Some keywords might include ww1, fashion, victorian. Alternately, find a good history webpage that fits the time period and look through their images.

Thursday, February 23, 2006

New Class!

Check out the history lessons and activites at Usborne's World War One site and type in 358 for a page number

Monday, February 20, 2006

Issues Results

If you are submitting your issues research in a written format, you may choose to leave it here as a comment. Don't forget your name somewhere so we know who's who. If you are submitting as an audio or video file, hand it in on the server's "Classwork" folder (look for Thielmann folder, then Hand-In folder).

Saturday, February 18, 2006


What do you think of your issues/podcast assignment? You've all written a hundred reports or essays or research summaries before, so I though we could try something different, something which engages yor senses a bit more in the creation process. Also makes it more avaialble for others in the class. I've put an intro podcast up on the course webpage. Do see audio & video casts as a valuable tool for learning about environmental issues?

Tuesday, February 14, 2006


What do you think of Lovelock's Gaia Hypothesis? Read about it HERE if you need to. Do you think the Earth is a living system capable of managing its own survival? Do we have a duty to protect, respect, or restore the earth?