2009-05-28 Seedlings

Welcome to Seedlings and 5-2-1-0! with Bob, Alice, Cheryl and Rick Fortier and Heidi Kessler from the http://www. Letsgo.org foundation.

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cheryloakes~seedlings ->   Just getting things ready!!

bobsprankle ->   hi all!

hk ->   hello!

carolteach4 ->   should we be hearing anything? My realplayer is spinning trying to connect

alice barr (seedlings) ->   NOt streaming yet

alice barr (seedlings) ->   Almost!

cheryloakes~seedlings ->   sound check please from the room?

alice barr (seedlings) ->   Can you hear us?

carolteach4 ->   nothing yet

cheryloakes~seedlings ->   In 20 sec.

bobsprankle ->   can you hear us?

bmcnaboe ->   can only hear cheryl

annefraser ->   heard ‘it is…’

loonyhiker ->   i hear someone now

loonyhiker ->   i am playing u thru windows media

annefraser ->   ok now

cheryloakes~seedlings ->   Thanks loonyhiker!

cheryloakes~seedlings ->   YEAH

loonyhiker ->   i hear all of u now πŸ™‚

carolteach4 ->   hi bob, cheryl, alice and all

cheryloakes~seedlings ->   Letsgo.org

alice barr (seedlings) ->   Hi carolteach!

loonyhiker ->   i’m still trying to get back into the routine of attending the webcasts that i like

cheryloakes~seedlings ->   Rick and Heidi don’t be afraid to speak right up.

loonyhiker ->   sorry, i clicked the link and it closed my window

cheryloakes~seedlings ->   Loonyhiker, I enjoyed watching y our travels this winter.

loonyhiker ->   all of the shows u do r great podcasts! πŸ™‚

cheryloakes~seedlings ->   5-2-1-0 is the moniker

loonyhiker ->   @cheryl thank u πŸ™‚

cheryloakes~seedlings ->   Thanks Loonyhiker! glad you liked the podcasts, did they travel well?

cheryloakes~seedlings ->   Hi Anne, Ben, Carolteach4, kcaise, loonyhiker

cheryloakes~seedlings ->   I like that , a tool kit!

bmcnaboe ->   hi everyone

bobsprankle ->   the binders are really amazing!

cheryloakes~seedlings ->   Hey Ben, I will see you tomorrow.

bmcnaboe ->   @ cheryl yes you will!  very excited!!!

annefraser ->   Hi all – great to be here

cheryloakes~seedlings ->   http://letsgo.org/

carolteach4 ->   Is this mainly aimed at K-6 or middle school, too?

cheryloakes~seedlings ->   This is the great website

bobsprankle ->   http://www.mmc.org/mmc_body.cfm?id=3614

cheryloakes~seedlings ->   We use it at all our schools K-12

loonyhiker ->   i like the recipes from the page (not for my students but for my hubby and me)

cheryloakes~seedlings ->   GReat loonyhiker!

kcaise ->   hi everyone

loonyhiker ->   @cheryl i lived on your podcasts which was great when i was in the car for a long travel day – hubby even listened to some of them w/ me

cheryloakes~seedlings ->   I like the comparison of canned and frozen food facts! it is a pdf

cheryloakes~seedlings ->   So, we are a family show, great for traveling.

loonyhiker ->   @cheryl caused lots of discussion and debate btween me and hubby – kept us mentally alert during drive πŸ™‚

cheryloakes~seedlings ->   That is great to hear!

cheryloakes~seedlings ->   Do your schools sell soda during the school day?

alice barr (seedlings) ->   Ben can you type what kind of new vending machine we have

loonyhiker ->   our high school had vending machines galore w/ soft drinks and our school made lots of $ from it

cheryloakes~seedlings ->   I like this schools are like snowflakes, each unique.

alice barr (seedlings) ->   We have this very cool new vending machine

cheryloakes~seedlings ->   Hello Durff! Does your school sell soda during the day in vending machines?

alice barr (seedlings) ->   That sells organic snacks

cheryloakes~seedlings ->   Hello bauwarter

mrsdurff ->   mmm…food….

cheryloakes~seedlings ->   Oh, Alice that is cool organic

bmcnaboe ->   @alicebarr I LOVE our new vending machine….very hightech…you can use a credit card on it now

loonyhiker ->   i think parents should be encouraged to check out this site

mrsdurff ->   our school has vending machines that sell water until 3:15

alice barr (seedlings) ->   @BEn what kind of food?

cheryloakes~seedlings ->   I would like credit card vending.

loonyhiker ->   oh no, if i can use a credit card, i would buy more – not good lol

mrsdurff ->   soda was sold last year

cheryloakes~seedlings ->   SAme at our school Durff.

mrsdurff ->   at the request of teachers that was limited to after school this year

alice barr (seedlings) ->   NO more soda for us

carolteach4 ->   No soda for students

alice barr (seedlings) ->   And we now have an organic garden!

bmcnaboe ->   @alicebarr there are lots of organic chips/crackers, cliff bars, seltzers, energy drinks

mrsdurff ->   or should i say my previous school

carolteach4 ->   No candy sale fundraisers anymore either

cheryloakes~seedlings ->   http://www.mmc.org/mmc_body.cfm?id=3614   here is the other link for 5-2-1-0

cheryloakes~seedlings ->   http://www.letsgo.org

bmcnaboe ->   @alicebarr the school garden is going REALLY well…mym moms one of the master gardeners

cheryloakes~seedlings ->   carol that is interesting it was a big money raiser!

alice barr (seedlings) ->   @Ben that’s cool. Do you help?

mrsdurff ->   our school music department sells cupcakes once a month

mrsdurff ->   sigh

cheryloakes~seedlings ->   durff are they good cupcakes?

alice barr (seedlings) ->   @mrsdurff YUM

cheryloakes~seedlings ->   we still need some!

loonyhiker ->   we were discouraged from walking on our planning or lunch time

mrsdurff ->   depends on who baked – not nutrituos

loonyhiker ->   principal felt we should not be walking on paid time

alice barr (seedlings) ->   @loonyhiker But better work out of you if you walk, no?

mrsdurff ->   previous school had unpaid lunches so we walked

loonyhiker ->   @alice i agree and i think we r setting good role models for our students

carolteach4 ->   Our school had a completely different approach to exercise for teachers; in fact there was a contest on for faculty – logging laps around the building during prep or lunch time

mrsdurff ->   that’s great!

loonyhiker ->   @carol wow u r so lucky

cheryloakes~seedlings ->   loonyhiker not being able to walk on planning time, hm, or lunch? that is absurd.

alice barr (seedlings) ->   @carolteach4 Nice!

loonyhiker ->   @cheryl i agree – it was all about control w/ this principal – i think if she suggested it, it would have been okay

loonyhiker ->   she thought getting that money from vending was more important than good health

cheryloakes~seedlings ->   things are changing now

loonyhiker ->   oh, and my principal was not very…healthy looking

alice barr (seedlings) ->   @Loonyhiker sad that the candy machines are such revune generators

hk ->   you all are mentioning common barriers.  you’re not alone

hk ->   vending does create revenue, but other revenue streams can be created

bmcnaboe ->   here is an article about our school garden which provides valuable educations and food for our cafes  http://pressherald.mainetoday.com/story.php?id=178089&ac=PHnws

hk ->   healthy snacks also sell

carolteach4 ->   I have been using streams downloaded from EdTechTalk and transferred to my Creative mp3 player to help me on my walks around the neighborhood after school – really makes walking time go faster-feel like I’m multitasking

cheryloakes~seedlings ->   BEn, thanks for sharing that article!!!

cheryloakes~seedlings ->   carolteach4, that is great you are taking your Professional development with you.

loonyhiker ->   that’s good to hear that the kids are talking about it at home

cheryloakes~seedlings ->   Hell csitterly, Hi LindaN!!

cheryloakes~seedlings ->   oops Hello!!

mrsdurff ->   nearvy district has elementary school where first 10 mins of recess are walking a track for all grades

LindaN ->   Hi ALL!

mrsdurff ->   hi linda

LindaN ->   Hi Durff!

cheryloakes~seedlings ->   durff, our middle schoolers walk the track with teachers before school and recess

loonyhiker ->   news told about local young boy who is 550 lbs. -mom and him were wanted by police cuz they ran away – DSS was trying to take boy away cuz mom wouldn’t put him on a diet

mrsdurff ->   wow

cheryloakes~seedlings ->   At least the stores are selling those mini cupcakes

mrsdurff ->   hi csitterly

loonyhiker ->   mom felt it was too cruel to make him exercise or diet

csitterley ->   Hi everyone

LindaN ->   We have a policy that only allows healthy snacks- no more cupcakes

cheryloakes~seedlings ->   That is too bad for that Mom and Boy.

bmcnaboe ->   @linda so do we

bmcnaboe ->   its called "wellness policy"

cheryloakes~seedlings ->   Linda, that is great, more awareness.

LindaN ->   Lots of fruit, soft pretzels

cheryloakes~seedlings ->   evening Matt!

alice barr (seedlings) ->   @Linda N so do we!

bmcnaboe ->   students were on committee to establish it with admins

matt montagne ->   hello cheryl and all!

cheryloakes~seedlings ->   Good Plan Ben to have students, teachers and admin.

carolteach4 ->   whole pieces of fruit never seem to go over big, but fruit cut up and attractively presented is usually welcomed

cheryloakes~seedlings ->   absolutely, carol, everyone loves to nibble fruit.

csitterley ->   No homemade snacks are allowed in our classes- also only 1 candy or cookie per child at parties- must have carrots, apples etc.

cheryloakes~seedlings ->   http://www.letsgo.org

mrsdurff ->   school where i am has fruit break at 10 for elementary

cheryloakes~seedlings ->   http://www.mmc.org/mmc_body.cfm?id=3614

mrsdurff ->   teachers supposed to only allow fruits

LindaN ->   We even have a Go Green week in March where we celebrate good food, have taste testing of "green" foods

cheryloakes~seedlings ->   EAch website has some resources for schools to set up new protocols with support for schools going healthy

mrsdurff ->   green eggs and ham?

loonyhiker ->   we have to b careful in classes because of peanut allergies

cheryloakes~seedlings ->   evening pvil

bmcnaboe ->   @linda we had a day last year for go green where if you had three or more people in your car (carpooling) you would get a prize

csitterley ->   Our cafeteria manager does food tasting a few times each year where kids can try foods they would not normally eat

hk ->   food tasting are great ways to get kids to eat new foods

bmcnaboe ->   we also have SNAC (school nutrition advisory council) at our HS..all kids

cheryloakes~seedlings ->   all those things Ben are good for changing the culture

csitterley ->   Thanks for the links-I will share with our wellness committee and also our cafeteria manager

matt montagne ->   we’re all running up a greased hill on this one

cheryloakes~seedlings ->   That is great csitterley, glad this is helpful.

matt montagne ->   US Farm Policy gives us cheap garbage to eat

matt montagne ->   I can’t find any healthy snacks without HFCS for example…

carolteach4 ->   One of our 7th grade teams is reading Seedfolks, a short novel about about the joy of community gardens; many communities have used the book to read community wide

alice barr (seedlings) ->   @matt you said it! Tough to deal with processed food

cheryloakes~seedlings ->   Matt, Maine farmers are providing more fresh veggies and fruit for our school lunches.

loonyhiker ->   we tried worm composting and i wasn’t allowed to have any food scraps for composting

matt montagne ->   @cheryl…awesome…glad to see the whole food/slow food movement is making its way into our schools…rays of hope

csitterley ->   It was difficult when first starting, but things are calmer now-still some difficulty when inexpensive small rewards are needed-but making gains

cheryloakes~seedlings ->   That is a really interesting fact about sugar and chocolate milk! Oh, my.

bmcnaboe ->   we also have a farm and school garden dinner in our cafe every year….great way to get parents and community involved

loonyhiker ->   why can’t some school systems use common sense

carolteach4 ->   No milk higher than 2% milk fat is allowed; we still sell chocolate milk.

cheryloakes~seedlings ->   Matt, slowly, very slowly, but kids like the fresh stuff!

mrsdurff ->   i would choose soymilk

matt montagne ->   we need to get michael pollan on seedlings!!!

matt montagne ->   He wrote omnivore’s dillema

bmcnaboe ->   we have choc and van soymilk in our cafe now

matt montagne ->   I don’t buy the argument that students will only eat hot dogs, fries, and chips…that is bunk

mrsdurff ->   flavored soymilk is high in sugar

carolteach4 ->   I’ve switched to soycreamer – 15 calories per TBS in my coffee – usually drink it black but sometimes a bit of creamer is comforting

mrsdurff ->   i like plain

loonyhiker ->   i thought there was research that if u give kids healthy choices, they will pick the right foods but the key is giving them healthy choices

LindaN ->   @matt Montagne I so agree with you- they love good fresh food.

matt montagne ->   I like the modeling that Google is doing with the development of healthy food systems

cheryloakes~seedlings ->   carolteach4, i do like cream and milk in coffee and tea, yum

LindaN ->   ust check out how much they throw out at lunch

cheryloakes~seedlings ->   matt can you share a link for that?

matt montagne ->   http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/chronicle/archive/2006/03/01/FDG32H9OF61.DTL&type=printable

carolteach4 ->   There was a study not too long ago on the power of the McDonald’s wrapper; kids chose healthy foods wrapped in a McDonald’s wrapper far more than they did just in plain wrapping

cheryloakes~seedlings ->   thanks Matt, it will be part of the show !

matt montagne ->   google cafe 150 is what it is called…all food in that particular cafe at google is procured within a 150 mile zone

cheryloakes~seedlings ->   evening Peggy!

csitterley ->   We actually had some students send a petition to our cafeteria manager complaining about food choices, so now there are students on an advisory committee that meets with her throughout the year.

PeggyG ->   Hi-so sorry I’m late!!

kcaise ->   hi peggy!

PeggyG ->   Hi all!

cheryloakes~seedlings ->   Peggy, I will give you a late pass.

LindaN ->   @csitterley- that is so fantastic

PeggyG ->   Thanks and I’ll definitely listen to the recording!! πŸ™‚

cheryloakes~seedlings ->   yes, student power! csitterley

carolteach4 ->   I am going to share the links with our phys ed teacher, health teacher, and school nurse to begin with, but the other curricular integration sounds terrific, too!

loonyhiker ->   link to sad article about 555lb. boy http://www.wyff4.com/news/19566400/detail.html

LindaN ->   I had the OT come and teach us exercises to help us engage all parts of our brains before we begin working

cheryloakes~seedlings ->   great article in Edutopia this month, Get Fit, Get Smart! check it out, by Vanessa Richardson!

carolteach4 ->   School in China have mass exercise a part of the school day, I believe.

carolteach4 ->   Schools

cheryloakes~seedlings ->   We had a show/podcast about Yoga in the Classroom, excellent companion to this show?

loonyhiker ->   i think it is so important that tchrs get involved in health of students if parents won’t or don’t know how

bmcnaboe ->   The Sidartha schoo in Tibet does a lot of exercise throughout the day

loonyhiker ->   @cheryl i missed that one, gotta go find it

cheryloakes~seedlings ->   yes, we need to look at the whole child and this is a big part.

csitterley ->   We have to tie everything to student achievement (which translates to bubble tests) so that is good information to encourage participation

matt montagne ->   It is clear that people of all ages are moving less.

PeggyG ->   This reminds me of my principal days. πŸ™‚ We always started our morning announcements with exercises for just that reason–to get the brain thinking and to transition into school from anything that may have happened on the way to school. Great "wake up" routine.

carolteach4 ->   We have no recess at our middle school. Kids get 20 minutes for lunch including traveling time to and from cafeteria, and that’s it.

loonyhiker ->   researching about health would involve reading and science standards, keeping records and charts would involve math standards

carolteach4 ->   They do get gym every other day.

matt montagne ->   had a great talk with Alice Mercer’s husband last year on Earthcast about his efforts to get people  back on bikes

LindaN ->   Learning how to take frequent breaks – get up and stretch, exercise really helps the studens be engaged and they actually accomplish more

cheryloakes~seedlings ->   Peggy, you are so right on getting kids and teachers active!

matt montagne ->   amazing how the US Govt wants to look to schools to teach health lifestyles…I think the US Govt needs to take a look in the mirror at what their farm policy has done to our diet

PeggyG ->   http://www.edutopia.org/exercise-fitness-brain-benefits-learning

cheryloakes~seedlings ->   Thanks peggy, you always have our backs!

PeggyG ->   I just can’t wait to explore the resources πŸ™‚

loonyhiker ->   and different US govt dept. need to get together – one dept. tends to contradict the other

cheryloakes~seedlings ->   can anyone view this edutopia or do they have to be a member?

PeggyG ->   you can view it without logging in

cheryloakes~seedlings ->   thanks Peggy, I wasn’t sure.

loonyhiker ->   i can see it and i’m not a member

cheryloakes~seedlings ->   ok, that is good you are checking for me.

carolteach4 ->   I joined Edutopia as a matter of principal – only $35.00 per year, and I’m so grateful for all their resources.

PeggyG ->   Although Edutopia has such fantastic resources that it’s well worth considering a membership!! Lots of additional resources for members. πŸ™‚

loonyhiker ->   as a retired tchr, it is hard to join all the great things out there πŸ™

PeggyG ->   @carolteach4–you and I are on the same wavelength πŸ™‚

loonyhiker ->   i want them all!!

carolteach4 ->   You have to pick and choose.

PeggyG ->   I have the same problem loonyhiker!! retired and still want it all!

sheila ->   Better late than never! Hi all!

alice barr (seedlings) ->   HI sheila

loonyhiker ->   @peggyG and when i was working, i didn’t seem to have the time or energy to do all this – now i wish i knew then what i knew now

carolteach4 ->   I have some great healty recipes for low-fat bran muffins with fruit and gingerbread with applesauce as its main source of moistness. Can I post these on the Seedlings NING?

PeggyG ->   Hi Sheila–I’m glad I wasn’t the last one in!! πŸ™‚

cheryloakes~seedlings ->   Hi Shelia, we are talking school healthy choices food and exercise  http://letsgo.org

alice barr (seedlings) ->   GREAT idea Carolteach4!

loonyhiker ->   @carol those sound really good

cheryloakes~seedlings ->   http://www.mmc.org/mmc_body.cfm?id=3614

PeggyG ->   @lookyhiker-Exactly!!!! I wish I had all of these resources and tools when I was teaching and principaling πŸ™‚

sheila ->   Thanks for the update!

csitterley ->   Great links and conversation-gotta go- see everyone again

loonyhiker ->   i will be sharing a lot of this info w/ the teachers taking my 2 grad courses

carolteach4 ->   Maybe someone on the Seedlings NING should start a dialogue with us teachers logging in with our goals to exercise more and eat more healthy foods.

loonyhiker ->   i will be playing clips of the Seedling podcasts too to get them hooked

alice barr (seedlings) ->   Will do right after the show

cheryloakes~seedlings ->   Carolteach4 you can start that at the NING!

loonyhiker ->   hubby and i are keeping a food journal including calorie count – amazing how it makes us more conscious about eating more healthy

alice barr (seedlings) ->   YEs at carolteach… Yes please do. I can help if needed

cheryloakes~seedlings ->   Loonyhiker this will be great for preservice and graduate classes, thanks!!

cheryloakes~seedlings ->   hello Gail, evening.

PeggyG ->   have any of you ever tried having recess before lunch rather than after lunch? We did that when I was a principal in MA and it kept the kids from rushing through their lunch & they actually talked about the food they were eating. πŸ™‚

carolteach4 ->   Gee – that hour went quickly! I am hoping to listen in to edtechbrainstorm at 9:00. I’m going to try to go out and walk for 20 minutes after this is over. It’s really chilly, but I can put on a jacket.

gail ->   hello sorry to be so late; just checked my email

loonyhiker ->   @cheryl i wish someone had told me about y’all when i was teaching πŸ™‚

hk ->   evidence for recess before lunch is strong

gail ->   will this talk be in the archive? topic is close to my heart

sheila ->   We do recess before lunch. Seems to work well.

LindaN ->   We fought to have recess before lunch- district changed it to after fo two years and now we are back to what we felt was better for kids

cheryloakes~seedlings ->   http://www.letsgo.org

loonyhiker ->   thank you so much for this wonderful conversation about getting healthy!

PeggyG ->   yeah-Geek of the Week time πŸ™‚ so many wonderful resources tonight!!

cheryloakes~seedlings ->   http://www.mmc.org/mmc_body.cfm?id=3614

alice barr (seedlings) ->   http://pandora.com

cheryloakes~seedlings ->   Google Maps and Pandora.com   Guest Geek

carolteach4 ->   Here is a really wonderful site with all kinds of resources for both physical and mental health:  http://learntobehealthy.org/

PeggyG ->   I love Pandora!! Have installed it on my iPhone πŸ™‚

cheryloakes~seedlings ->   http://www.eeweek.org/resources/survey.htm

loonyhiker ->   i enjoy pandora too – can hear oldies

bmcnaboe ->   pandora is by far my favorite music site

bmcnaboe ->   and ipod touch

cheryloakes~seedlings ->   portlandfoodcoop.org   for so. maine

cheryloakes~seedlings ->   http://www.eeweek.org/resources/survey.htm

bmcnaboe ->   if you are all interested in this type of green, healthy stuff, you should look into the new england bioneers conference in the fall at USM

cheryloakes~seedlings ->   thanks Ben!

bmcnaboe ->   I went this year and it was very good

alice barr (seedlings) ->   http://www.slideshare.net/janehart/25-tools-a-toolbox-for-learning-professionals-2009-1448214

alice barr (seedlings) ->   http://www.google.com/landing/studytips.html

bmcnaboe ->   @alicebarr saw that google studying on twitter today

alice barr (seedlings) ->   It’s great

alice barr (seedlings) ->   Want to use it starting Day 1 nest year

alice barr (seedlings) ->   next

bmcnaboe ->   @alicebarr already showed it to Deb for holocaust research

alice barr (seedlings) ->   And?

kcaise ->   be careful of spezify, the tweets it brings up contain profanity

bmcnaboe ->   haha

cheryloakes~seedlings ->   thanks kcaise, good to know!!

PeggyG ->   another incredible resource for iphones πŸ™‚ love it!

carolteach4 ->   My son has that app on his Nintendo ds; it is great!

cheryloakes~seedlings ->   No show for SEEDLINGS next week.

carolteach4 ->   When is Jim Moulton coming on?

PeggyG ->   what an inspiring show tonight! thank you all! I need to listen to the recording to hear what I missed!!

carolteach4 ->   I thought he was today.

carolteach4 ->   This show was really great.

PeggyG ->   wow! a double show?? what a treat!!

alice barr (seedlings) ->   @carolteach we had to rebook him Big tech conference tomorrow

carolteach4 ->   Thanks Jeff and Dave!

cheryloakes~seedlings ->   thanks again for the chat room!!

bmcnaboe ->   @cheryl @bobsprankle see you both tomorrow AM at UMO!!

loonyhiker ->   thanks y’all! i always feel so inspired after this!

PeggyG ->   Congrats to Sheila for her Earthcast Echo broadcast today!! Great quizzes!!

cheryloakes~seedlings ->   great show!!!

alice barr (seedlings) ->   Congrats Sheila

sheila ->   We tried! Thanks for being there Peggy!

loonyhiker ->   good nite y’all!

carolteach4 ->   Good night – going for my quick walk

PeggyG ->   They did a great job!!!

PeggyG ->   Night all!!

LindaN ->   GooGod Night ALl!

sheila ->   Thanks! Looking forward to the parts I missed!

LindaN ->   Good Night All!


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