Geography of a Day AT
Camp Flint Hills Wednesday, July 13, 2011 By Vicki Sherbert
Ron handed us a nifty way to remember the five themes of Social Studies: Thumb – Place; Pointer – Location; Middle Finger – Movement; Ring Finger – Regions; Pinky – Human‐Environment Interaction. Focusing on the pinky, he asked us to think about interactions and changes that have come in and out of our lives to bring us to where we are today. Vicki lamented (griped about) the destruction of Mutton Hollow Park in Branson, MO. Tammy wrote about her move from Texas to Kansas and how she loved both places. She is now proud to be a yellow rose among the sunflowers in Kansas. Mary Kris shared that her maiden name, Kramer, has been said to mean “handler of little things”. She told of the hardware store that had been in her family for generations and the legacy of handling small things. Ellen told of her family’s frequent relocation to different houses and how she feels a connection to the places she has lived. Though she knows it’s not personal, she takes offense when humans interact in a negative way with the environment of her previous home. Todd brought a copy of the book Learning to Die in Miami by Carlos Eire that he had mentioned to us on Monday. Judy provided further examples of human‐environment interaction in her Teacher Demonstration, “Revising, in Their Own Terms or Less Is More: How to Grade Student Writing and Still Have a Life”. In this demonstration, she chronicled “The Evolution of Writing Instruction”
In order to avoid “Slow Death by Red Ink” and “Torture by Peer Revision”, Judy shared how she taught the six traits as part of the writing process and helped her students do focused revision guided by student‐created rubrics. Student papers were then graded by the success of focused revision. Though a hard, time‐consuming process, Judy told of the
growth she saw in the writing of her students. Campers completed CRTD’s, giving their feedback. After lunch, Judy guided everyone to the NWP website, a rich source of information about the teaching of writing.
Tara Baillargeon, Head of Graduate and Faculty Services at Hale Library, helped the FHWP humans interact with the online search environments. After explaining other tools that are helpful for those seeking graduate degrees, the campers left Bluemont Hall for a new
(location): Hale Library. Upon returning from a helpful and inspiring tour, campers read from Because Writing Matters, dug into their demos, and conducted research. After an inspiring day, everyone left for his or her bunks to rest and refresh before tomorrow returning to this wonderful