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At 2:27pm on April 2, 2009, Genovefa Pinnick said…
Hi Peggy.

I wanted to touch base with you and tell you again what a pleasure it was to have gotten to know you. I am very impressed by your initiative and structured goals in creating and recording your own research on Black widows and neutralization of PCP, Benzene, toluene and other hazardous wastes. I hadn't looked into the the current research on this. It relates directly to my own interests in diving and environmental issues. If you ever have the time, I'd love a pdf of your work.

Peggy, it has been a pleasure and I hope I am been of some use to yourself and other by my participation in Spaceward Bound.

Sincerely, Genovefa
At 9:49am on August 29, 2009, Genovefa Pinnick said…
Hi Peggy.

So good to hear from you. Yes...that class would be challenging for anyone. For's as much of a juxtaposition as I can imagine. I'm so sorry. Wow.

I'm in my first week of the credential program and I can see I'll be writing a lot! I mean A Whole Lot. Everyone wants me to reflect on their class. I think I may be so tired of reflecting when I am done I may just revert to being a teenager again myself.

When I was subbing I came across a great resource called Classroom Discipline 101 and I highly recommend it. It was refereed to me by the chair of the English Department at a high school in Belmont, CA. She and I were taking some ITEC classes together and she talked about how this worked great. Well, a few months later, upon acceptance into the credential program, I decided to purchase this set of pdf / audio books. They are great! They are written by a master teacher from the LA school district who started off as a sub in that district. They are very good for establishing and maintaining order... and then allowing you and your class to, in an orderly fashion, get to the business of learning, orderly exchanges of opinion, group work, etc. I am so glad I was told about this resource. Sounds like they are exactly what you need. Check out this link to it: . I wish I had not waited to get them as I could have used them at the time I heard about them.

I've had some trouble getting placed at a school as there has been a record number of science credential students this year and a record number of new principals who want to do things differently. It's been challenging and somewhat demoralizing at times. However, as I usually do, I'm persevering and I have an interview this Monday. I hope to get placed at this school. Cross your fingers / pray / light a candle for me...please. I have also found out that if I just take the CSET for Chemistry I can teach chemistry, too. I am thinking about it as I do enjoy it and it is natural extension of Biology. So, when you get time to (clearly not right now) the experiment using titanium and and sunlight that you mentioned would be most appreciated. Certainly anything relating to your previous work in neutralizing PCP, Benzene, Toluene and other hazardous wastes caught my eye when you first mentioned it. That was most impressive.

I'm going to be down at the CSTA (California Science Teacher Association Conference) in Palm Springs in October. If per chance are you going to be there, let's meet up. Peggy, it was so thoughtful of you to email me. I've wondered how you were doing. DO keep in touch.
I've got to go and reflect. Ahwww.....


At 12:28pm on October 19, 2009, Genovefa Pinnick said…
Hi Peggy. I've come across some very cool lesson plans that have been interpreted from case studies. Thought you'd like to take a look. I'm going to be down at he CSTA conference this coming week and thought if I see any interesting things I"d forward them to you. Are you interested?

Hope you're doing well. I'm finding my way. Public Education is an interesting circumstance.

At 12:29pm on October 19, 2009, Genovefa Pinnick said…

...Case Studied Interpreted for Science Class Lessons

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