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Leading By Example, in the 21st Century...

Crystal Nelson
  • Port Alexander, AK
  • United States
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Local History

I am still teaching my students the history of Port Alexander and the Baranof Islands.  They are enjoying it and it is great to have community members join us for lessons.  The kids journal entries about PA have been interesting and they are writing more per journaling session.  We went on a hike to look at what is left of a hotel that used to reside here.  The only thing left is a hole in the ground that used to be the basement!  I would never have known a structure had existed on this piece… Continue

Posted on March 8, 2011 at 8:20pm


A few months ago we had a trainer from Apple computers spend a couple of days with us.  He inspired us to start using Garageband, iMovie and other Apple products.  He also encouraged us to enter some tech projects into the Idida Contest.  I realized that my students could learn new computer skills and make little histories of their lives here in the bush at the same time.  Each of my students made their own short movie about something interesting in our small community.  We had a blast doing it… Continue

Posted on February 8, 2011 at 8:19pm

Lesson on Music and Lynching

Last weeks lesson with my older students on lynching was very difficult for one of my students to swallow. The other 3 took in all in and were very mature in their approach to understand the history behind it. I was impressed with how much they enjoyed the music by Bessie Smith's "Strange Fruit." They tried to really understand the words and were moved by it.

Posted on December 7, 2010 at 6:24pm — 1 Comment

A week in Sitka

I am spending a week in Sitka to get surgery to have my gall bladder removed. I will be glad to get the surgery over with and I miss my kids and husband.

Posted on December 7, 2010 at 4:54pm

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At 11:22am on October 31, 2010, Cindee Karns said…
At 11:56am on October 28, 2010, Mark J Biberg said…
Hi Crystal,

I enjoyed looking over a few of your blog posts. It sounds like teaching in SE in a wonderful challenge. I am here in Anchorage at the Delta Cyber School trying to think of ways to get more of our onlines students working. Our online curriculum was originally created for honors students and has not really been adapted to meet the demands of our demographic (which includes students who have fallen through the cracks in other schools- mostly ASD).........

Have you started work on your LCP? I have not and hope to get a clearer picture of what needs to be done. I think it should be something that we can take right into the classroom and use, something relevant.

OK, thanks for reading.

Delta Cyber School
At 5:57am on October 1, 2010, Cindee Karns said…
Okay you guys, at the end of the course you're going to have to tell me if it was worth it or not. I hope this is making it easier.

Yes, if you ever get to Anchorage, you've gotta come visit my solarium for reals!
At 9:01pm on September 30, 2010, Cindee Karns said…
Good! John'll get you access soon. But I thought you were going to bed? Don't over-do it. If you don't remember what you are doing, it's useless anyway. Be well.
At 7:41pm on September 29, 2010, Cindee Karns said…
NICE: pink and green! Lovely!

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Where do you live?
Port Alexander, Ak
What is your favorite subject in Social Studies?
History of our founding fathers
What do you do for fun?
Play with my kids!

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