World history and human geography teacher Anne Canipe has returned home from San Francisco after a week-long World Project Based Conference in Napa Valley.... Anne’s Big Adventure

World history and human geography teacher Anne Canipe has returned home from San Francisco after a week-long World Project Based Conference in Napa Valley. The R.E.B.  recipient’s story was shared in the Village News June 24 issue detailing how she would be using the $12,000 grant she received for her excellence in teaching. The Village News is following Canipe and her travels over the summer through her blog – annecanipe.wordpress.com.  Her summer travels will continue August 1, as she travels to Japan and China.

Anne Canipe, right, visits with an executive (Ms. Doris) from iLearn

Anne Canipe, right, visits with an executive (Ms. Doris) from iLearn

Canipe returns to Chester with renewed energy for her classroom this fall following lectures from renowned educators, meeting peers from across the world and having new ideas to bring to her world history classes at Clover Hill High School.  Many readers may know Canipe from reports in the Village News on her lessons and trips when she was a teacher at Carver Middle School.  She also brings many memories of historical sites she visited while in the San Francisco surrounding areas.

A few excerpts from her blog:

“Today I had the day off from the Classroom and Training at World PBL Conference, and I visited California’s Old Faithful, the Petrified Forest, Bodega Bay and traveled through the great redwoods and sequoias…it made me realize how much I want to visit every one of the 50 states and all of the world – if that’s even possible!  Here’s a GREAT old song that my mom use to play for me, but with a more modernversion…but it holds a resounding theme…”This land was made for you and me…

Canipe shares songs throughout her blog that relate to her experiences. What a WONDERFUL WORLD at PBL (Project Base Learning) World today…

“As I share this song with you, it reminds me of the wonderful world we have around us and all the good things that we as people can do if we just open our minds and work to improve our lives, our communities and the things around us…

“Good evening…another exciting day of learning at the World PBL Conference, here in Napa, and meeting new people to help me enhance my teaching classroom!  GREAT Project Based Learning ideas for me and others and the opportunity to meet an executive from iEARN (Taiwan) – as I will be attending a seminar tomorrow.  Having lunch with Ms. Doris and some of her staff members was a wonderful opportunity to get some one-on-one info. on iEARN – which I hope to utilize in my classroom!

“I then attended a session of Future Cities utilizing Sims City modules and other resources to improve one of my PBLs with my World History Class.  I was in class with educators from coast-to-coast as well as from Mexico.  It is so exciting to meet new people and get new and innovative ideas to bring back into the classroom!

“After school” I strolled downtown to Napa and had some wonderful gelato – oh how I miss Italy.”

Friday, June 26, her blog entry for the day read, “Francisco and home to Virginia…what will that final day hold in store for me?  Stay tuned…It’s is a SMALL WORLD – GLOBAL DAY at World PBL…BE BRAVE and GO GLOBAL. Expanding knowledge for myself and my students…

“Song for the day – BE BRAVE –https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QUQsqBqxoR4 “

Before flying home she wrote “Following my last workshops, yesterday in Napa I had the pleasure of visiting the Muir Woods – California’s National Redwood Forest, visiting the lovely Stinston Beach and the town of Sausalito, but sadly driving back over the Golden Gate Bridge – one last goodbye to a magnificent wonder of our modern world!”