Teacher tweets from Antarctic
Penguins and icebergs and windstorms, oh my! It's all in a day's work for Grove Community School teacher Ellie Clin
- In December of 2015, Grove Community School's Grade One Teacher Ellie Clin went to the Antarctic as a Grosvenor Teacher Fellow.
- The Grade One kids knew they would miss their teacher, but Ellie assured them they would be in close contact through social media. To prepare the kids for her adventure, she brought a stuffed penguin into her classroom. The kids voted to name the stuffed penguin Peggy, and Ellie promised to bring Peggy along on her adventures.
- The whole school was excited about Ellie's departure. At the Grove's daily outdoor morning circle, the choir even serenaded her. Click on her blog post below to hear them singing!
- Students and teachers at other schools wanted to follow Eliie's journey, too.
- Soon, Ellie was headed south, posting frequent updates using maps, photographs, text, and video to make her geographic learning experience real for the kids.
- The kids had questions, of course. Using a private twitter account, they could ask Ellie whatever they wanted. Ellie answered!
- Her days were jam packed with expeditions and adventures, but she took time to post frequent mini lessons about the climate, the wildlife and life on a ship.
- Peggy popped up frequently. The Grade One children could relate to her adventures.
- Parents followed Ellie's journey, too, and piped up with questions.