And So It Begins
My head is spinning as I head to my hotel room tonight. Passwords, policies, and names of so many that I am sure to get to know well this week circle through my exhausted brain. But its not those thoughts that brought me here. They are simply a means to and end. And that end is going to be so worth it. A chance to teach my students what real science is all about. A chance to let them know that they can make a difference. A chance for them to see that possibilities can become realities.
I still can't believe that it was only two weeks ago that I got the call. My 8th graders were finishing up their notes as I calculated final grades. I looked down to see "Alaska" pop up on my phone. I must have said it out loud, because silence fell across the room. Every eye was on me as I answered the phone. Their faces reflected mine. I smiled. They smiled. They knew what was being said without hearing a word. I held the phone up, and they broke out in a cheer. I am going to Antarctica! I say it out loud, but I still can't believe it. I am going to Antarctica.