The van is tired. Myself and two colleagues drove it down to Baton Rouge, LA for a conference for museum professionals the third week of October. That's 12 hours down and 12 hours back. Then it was back down to Morgan County for more outreaching. Then it was to Bowling Green, then all the way to the far northeastern tip of Kentucky - Greenup County. Then a trip to Lexington, then Ohio County, then to Frankfort for a speaking engagement for the Kentucky Historical Society. For those of you keeping score at home, that's about 5200 miles for the month. Yes, the van is tired. I'm not going to tell it we're heading to the far southwestern tip tomorrow - Murray.
I finished up Morgan County with maybe the smallest school I'll visit this year - Ezel Elementary with about 150 wonderful students . They were beautiful October days and I was able to eat lunch at their beautiful city park (best in Kentucky) along the Licking River.
After teaching that afternoon, I drove to the next county to visit a park I had passed on the way in - the perfectly named Broke Leg Falls. I hiked the trail down into the ravine, but didn't bring hiking boots and very nearly added to the legacy of its name.
The dining selections in Morgan County are, shall we say, limited. So it was fried chicken from the local pizzeria. (don''t ask - I'm tired of pizza) At Morgan Central Elementary the next day, I ended up meeting a superhero who berated me about my dining choice from the evening before and encouraged me to make better dietary choices. Here he is:
The next day I travelled to Berea, Kentucky for a first-time visit to Silver Creek Elementary. Silver Creek is a large, sprawling school with maybe the most enthusiastic staff I've met this year. The large group sizes took nothing away from the experience and I walked out thinking I need to visit more schools in Berea! Here is an excerpt from their website after the visit:
Silver Creek students caught “Mathin' Around The Track” Wednesday, 03 November 2010. On October 22, Silver Creek Elementary students found out just what it takes to win the Kentucky Derby. “Sure it takes a fast horse,” said the presenter from the Kentucky Derby Museum, “but it also take a whole lot of math!” Students applied their knowledge of Number Properties and Operations, Measurement, Geometry, Probability, and Algebra (the 5 Big Ideas of Math) to solve real life problems that they would encounter if they were gearing up to race a horse in the Kentucky Derby.
The program provided is aimed at students with hands on experiences that integrated math and social studies. Third graders learned just what it takes to win the Kentucky Derby - strong math skills. Students used their knowledge of math concepts in real world applications to determine what times the trainer needed to exercise the horse, what color Thoroughbred they would want to invest in, how tall a Thoroughbred horse is, and much more!
I couldn't have said it better myself. And I want Veggie Man to know that I'll do better.