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 The Trek: The Journals

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Team: North
Michael Murphy
Wednesday, January 15
Back in School
Dear America:
Field Report, Day 61 plus

I returned to school the very next day after returning home. Some people thought I should take a day or two for myself. Although the trip was for America and my classroom, I felt like I had already taken a day or two (70) for myself. My wife agrees. Besides after talking to my class each week for the first five weeks of school I was anxious to get back to school.

Well, I jumped back in with both feet. I continue to work 10-11 hours (by choice)- making sure I have a wonderful experience for my students. The class was 25 days ahead of me and I needed to catch up. I returned to coaching cross-country, California Geography Alliance workshops to teach, Faculty Senate, parent conferences, progress reports, Boy Scouts, and Big Brothers/Big Sisters. I love being busy, which is why I think I did on the trek.

After sorting through 1,100 color slides of the trip I narrowed them down to my 243 favorite to show to four student teacher classes at Fresno State University. I did this as a Teacher Consultant with the California Geographic Alliance. Every semester the university has about 250 student teachers attend a daylong workshop on how to teach geography in the classroom. I used my slides to illustrate how to incorporate visuals and the trek into journal writing.

I also taught classes at CGA workshops during the first four weekends after getting home. This was to help train new TC’s for the Alliance. I showed my slides to that group also. By then I had pared down the slides to about 180. I also taught ‘regular’ geography lessons to the group.

My involvement in the Boy Scouts includes and is because of my “little brother”. The Boy Scouts offer so much to help develop a young man’s character. Besides Thomas really likes the campouts.

Our cross-country teams (4th grade girls, 4th grade boys, 5-6 girls, and 5-6 boys) did not lose a match after my return. It has been fun teasing the other coaches about that. I was in good enough shape after the trek to keep up with most of the runners. Mike P., in my class last year is way beyond anything I will ever be able to do. I’m not sure my truck could keep up with him.

I’ve had a great time meeting with parents, attending Parent-Teacher Club meetings, and just being back where I belong-in school.

I think this covers the highlights of October. My next entry will be on November and December and will include more slide shows, a school board presentation, and my two trips to Washington, DC (Shepherdstown, WV, at the National Conservation Training Center) for work with the National Geographic Society. I love my life.

for Wednesday, January 15
North South Both




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