John Muir, Travels in Alaska
Have you ever thought about going to Alaska?
Life at Fifty Below Zero
An Alaskan Memoir on Teaching and Learning
When asked, “do you know what a honey bucket is, can you use one?” I said yes. Beginning in 1972 and over the next thirty-three years I traveled to all four corners of state and many places in between working with school districts learning more than I taught. The idea of no running water, no phones, no daily news, and no stores seemed surreal and alien, but I adapted.
After landing in Alaska I learned it was even more remote than I thought; the weather was colder than imagined; and animals, such as moose and bears wandered through communities. In the beginning I often wondered who was the teacher and who was the student.
You should read this book!
Here’s what reviewer’s have to say:
“…This memoir discusses the important changes that were taking place in Alaska’s education system and society… Issues of equity came to the forefront… teaching methods were phased out in favor of more culturally relevant methods and curricula. Reagle became deeply involved in promoting this transition.”
“So many young seekers come to the last frontier only to find themselves, like Christina Reagle of Monmouth, shivering under blankets without electricity or running water as the thermometer dips to temperatures that threaten to turn their toes black and numb with frostbite.”
Understand for many that living at fifty degrees below zero is normal.
How cold is fifty below zero?
…I loved the opportunity to be outside when it was quiet and still. The spring birds sang as I ran along. I stepped into a mental space of mindfulness of my surroundings. It was almost hypnotic.
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