Geology: Observing our World
How easy it is not to really notice that which is most familiar to us. How often do we stop and observe the very rocks and dirt that we step on every day? Each fall our freshmen spend four weeks observing the landscape around us and, in so doing, discover just how much we never really noticed. With Brad Miller and myself they are studying the ground upon which they walk every day.
This block began with an orientation trip to Jefferson in the White Mountains where the students took two hikes to elevations that provided panoramic landscape views. The students observed those beautiful views and recorded their perceptions in a journal. It was amazing to see the variety and individuality in the students’ drawing and writing as the understanding emerged of how those landscapes, ands others, were formed over hundreds of millions of years.
Much of this block takes place outside. This year, the freshmen are handling many rocks as they improve a part of the stone wall that runs along Isaac Frye Highway. The biography of each rock is a mystery that we are beginning to unravel. The progress made on the wall is being recorded in journals, and we are very fortunate to have art teacher Rachael Johnson and English teacher Colleen O’Connors helping the students to refine their journaling skills.
by Robert Sim, Academic Dean and teacher at HMS
Friday September, 27, 2013
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