Wahoo! Summer has started! I finished my last class today, and I’m free, free, free for the summer! I’ve got huge plans for the summer, with lots of stuff to add to my todo lists, but I wanted to stop and just revel a bit in the joy I get from teaching. My job at the University of Redlands is to teach lab science courses to non-science majors…this often means seniors who have put off taking science because they hate it, or feel they’re no good at it. So I design courses that teach them the scientific method in ways they can relate to! During this crazy month called May Term, I teach a class called Mother Earth Chemistry: we make beer, cheese, soap, and learn all about dyeing: fiber reactive as well as natural dyes. We even got to try indigo dyeing!
Today my students put on a feast, bringing in food they made using the concepts we learned about, and they all wore/brought the things they dyed. What is awesome is to have them realize that they could predict and (at least partially!) control the dyeing process. Here’s a slideshow of all their successes:
We had a fantastic time, and today’s final presentations were fun moments I’ll enjoy remembering!
alamodestuff Linda has started a weekly meetup based on taking a moment each week to really notice something as you go about your daily grind life. I need to do this. You may want to too – read more about it here: