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Friday, March 7, 2014

Sharon Middle School -- March 7

42° 06' 24" N
71° 09' 58" W 
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The EarthView team is delighted to be back at Sharon Middle School, where we have been sharing geography lessons with seventh graders as well as with students from the preschool that shares space with the school. EarthView is an exciting experience for learners of all ages!
We were especially pleased to be at Sharon Middle School while students are celebrating Upstander Day (Thursday) and Mix-it-Up Day (Friday). This is a community that pays attention to taking care of and respecting each other, and that enjoys celebrating all the many cultures that come together in the town of Sharon.

During the final class of the day we spoke briefly about the importance of the Atlantic Ocean, but did not have time to discuss it in detail. A lot of the current tension in Crimea, for example, is related to the peninsula's position relative to the Atlantic, even though is is several thousand miles away.

Other EarthView blog posts has focused on the Atlantic Ocean and Cape Verde, the Atlantic as one of the world's five oceans, the Atlantic and Port Cities. Most interesting of all, perhaps, is the Biography of the Atlantic, and the idea that people in western Europe and western Africa did not really conceive of the Atlantic as an Ocean -- even though many of them lived near it -- until they knew about the Americas on the other side.

We look forward to coming to the town of Sharon one more time this semester -- when we go to the Cottage Street School in May.

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