I have been putting updating my blog off for awhile now and finally getting around to it. Life has been full of blessings. Over a year ago I became a Dad for the 3rd time to a little girl. She is a great addition to our family. Life has been hectic as I also started teaching science full-time in the fall at Murray Middle School in the Saint Paul Public Schools.
Wow, a lot has happened since my last update. The rest of summer and fall 2013 went well. Completing my 3rd full season with 45 trips, a little under my goal of 55 but I had taken a EngrTEAMS curriculum writing professional development in June/July and underwent surgery for an abdominal hernia I had for years but finally got to where I couldn’t put it back in.
The curriculum I will be publishing with a group from the University of Minnesota Stem Center and a fellow Saint Paul Science Teacher. We both teach 7th grade life science so that is where we focused. Our problem was what is causing the Minnesota Moose population to loose over 50% in less than 5 years and what can we do about it. I enjoyed working with my team for my first official curriculum unit. I have a special appreciation for moose from the time spent up North as a child and now into adulthood. We don’t see as many moose near our cabin as we did in the past. Hopefully the harsh winters and late springs will put a hurt on those “winter ticks”.
Teaching has been challenging and enjoyable, everything I was looking forward to and more. I learned a lot during my first year as a full-time teacher, including communicate with families and there are not enough hours in a day. I have a great science department around me to answer my questions, to which I have many. I am looking forward to starting up again in the fall. I am investigating Trout in the Classroom (www.troutintheclassroom.org/ )and will be contacting Twin Cities Trout Unlimited to see if we can get something together.
Stay tuned to for more fishing updates and more. Until next time, Enjoy life, love those around you, and do what you can to make Earth a better place to live!