RE: A great Launch!!!

From: Laura Bashlor <>
Subject: RE: A great Launch!!!
Date: Thu, 07 Nov 1996 19:45:35 -0500

Barb and other launch viewers,

Did you get goosebumps?  I did and I have suspicions that the few of my
students who were watching did also.

Interesting comments, Barb, about the "unmotovated" ones.  One of my
partners reorganized the classes to promote an "Honors Math" class,
which, of course, means I now have an "Honors Science" class, whether I
want it or not.  Not the best thing in the world for cooperative group

However, it does mean I can go full blast with the Mars projects.  Since
the launch was scheduled during their exploratory time, and only a few
could be close enough to the room to slip in to view the launch, I
celebrated by showing the wonderful segment of the LFM video of the
Rover launch and deployment.  You could have heard a pin drop!  Not a
breath during the whole film EXCEPT when the airbags became visible. 
They were oohing and ahhing  for that.  I remembered how we applauded in

When the classes were heterogeneous the motovated ones were afraid to
show their wasn't cool.  The unmotovated ones bullied and
made fun of the very students who are now in the honors class.  One
other observation has been that the competition among the honors kids is
bringing out more motovation than I thought possible in sixth grade.

These kids are eating up everything I can get them on Mars.  If
Ameritech can fix my phone line you will see these 32 kids online and
excited in Webchat, CUSeeMe and wherever we can get them.

When we return to heterogenous grouping next term I just hope they can
let that motovation dominate the attitude of the others.  This is an
interesting experiment.  We aren't keeping scientific data on the
results, but we are noting our observations.

Laura (MI)