So Much to Learn

Orientation classroom
2019 cohort hard at work on day three or orientation.

Well, I hope my students back home are happy...I feel their pain. Long hours sitting in a chair, taking copious notes, listening to lectures, frustrating technology, and even homework! And I wouldn't trade a minute of it.

Today, we began our day getting down to the basics of polar science. We looked at data, pictures and evidence of change at the poles. It's amazing how the two worlds of the Arctic and Antarctic are so alike, yet so different. In the north, the lands of Russia, Alaska, Canada, Greenland, Iceland, and Norway surround the frozen ocean. In the South, the continent of Antarctica is ringed by the cold Southern Ocean. The winds and currents are eating away at the sea ice in Western Antarctica, but building on the other side of the continent. Data show the ocean levels rising, pushed higher and higher by retreating ice sheets. There is so much to learn – so much data – that I can't wait to share with my students.

For the second half of our day, we focused on technology. This Mac surely has a learning curve, but I am starting to get the hang of it. Red, yellow and green dots replace X's and - signs, and command key instead of control. Got it. Now on to master those Markdown codes and inserting pictures in my journal. One thing at a time.

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Piper Bartlett…

Hi Denise! I like that you talk about feeling like one of your students. I do too! I forget how hard it is to sit for a long period time. Can't wait to follow your expedition!