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Jul 6, 2017 - Nanton - Vulcan - Okotoks

Heading off this morning we travelled to Nanton first to the Lancaster Bomber Museum - a great place to visit and so much history. Some will remember the movie "The Dam Busters" when the alies trained for months to attack the German dams to cause havoc to their infrastructure, well it was the Lancaster Bombers who actually attacked the dams. Learning about what the women or the WAAF's did during the war was extremely insighfull - made me feel so proud of them! We then travelled to Vulcan - Live Long and Prosper - yes the information centre...

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Jul 5, 2017 - Drumheller - Bad Lands - Calgary

After the Gopher Museum we travelled to Drumheller where we visited the Dinosaur Museum and the Badlands. The Badlands - the name comes from the Sioux who called it 'Mako Sica that translate into land bad as it was always wet and hard for them to travel through. The early French / Canadian fur trappers in the 1800's referred to it as the "Bad Lands" for the same reason - hence the name. The Badlands were formed by melting glaciers in the last Ice Age either 10,000 - 15,000 yrs ago. Visiting the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaentology was very...

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Jun 12, 2017 - Calgary - Bow River's Edge RV Park

June 12 Drove from St Mary’s and Glacier National Park to the Canadian border, a short 20 mile trip. Passed through customs without incident, even the canoe passed its inspection. We are on our way to Calgary, Alberta. On the way we stopped at Nanton to tour the Bomber Command Museum. We forget that Canada has also participated in the many military conflicts in which the US has been involved. We passed through Calgary to set up camp at the Bow River’s Edge Campground in Cochrane, AB. It’s a beautiful campground along a greenway with a...

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Jun 11, 2017 - Calargy, Heritage Park

Heritage Park is an incredible journey through Western Canada: from first nations encampment to rustic settlement, from bustling young prairie town to mid century urban square. Was a lot of fun. The workers dress in 1920's garb and drive around in model t's. They have a vehicle museum of vintage vehicle that is the worylds largest. There is a steam train that you can ride around, paddle wheel steamer that is in the made lake you can take a tour on, ride wagon drawn by a team of horses that drive around the park, midway park with rides about...

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May 26, 2017 - Reflection

Visiting Calgary was an amazing, once-in-a-lifetime experience for me, and I'm so happy to have been able to share the experience with not just a group of incredible future teachers, but also friends. The trip was a lot better than I could've hoped, and the schools we visited and culture we engaged in let me get a feel for the lay of the land in Calgary and Canada as a whole. Culturally, Calgary is not far from the US, but the subtle differences made them all the more noticeable. Everyone is incredibly polite, and also incredibly patriotic....

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May 26, 2017 - Adventure awaited us.

This is a random post about all of the fun things we did while studying abroad in Calgary. We went to a Karaoke bar, where Austin entertained us with "Fancy," and Johnny and Camille wowed up with their voices! You are never too old or too young to enjoy a good night out with friends! And Aubrey utilized her elementary teacher skills to make sure all of her ducks were in a row and accounted for. The boys of the group spent every night lounging and soaking in the hot tub at the hotel. Some of us attempted the hot tub, but it was toasty, and...

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May 26, 2017 - The Aftermath.

While I'm tired, and I still feel like I haven't fully recuperated from long nights talking or hanging out, I enjoyed my trip to Calgary a lot more than I had originally anticipated. Their education system works for them, and while it's flawed just like ours, they try every day to work out all of their problems so that students are always put first. There are things that I probably left off in this blog, things I wished I had said but thought better of it, and things that I probably forgot about all together. There are aspects that I liked...

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May 25, 2017 - Day 8

What can I say about day 8? We flew, we flew and flew. Thousands and thousands of miles, covered in hours. You would think that being terrified of heights would mean being scared of flying as well. Truthfully, I enjoy flying. I like how I can get from place to another so quickly, I like looking out the window, thousands and thousands of feet in the air, to see the world passing underneath me, everything just a speck on the ground. I hate the turbulence, the taking off, and the landing, but who really enjoys those parts anyway? No, I hate...

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May 25, 2017 - Reflection

I don't really know what else to say about Canada that I haven't already said. I believe their education system is excellent, and great to emulate her in Mississippi. The seamless integration between different subjects, the collaboration between teachers, the want for students to learn, everything was great and refreshing to see. Nothing like that exists in Mississippi. It would be great to find someway to bring back what they do there to Mississippi. Sadly, though, I just can't see many legislators being ok with shortening the school day,...

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May 25, 2017 - Day 6

So the bus was an hour late, stripping everyone of our much needed sleep. Good start. Sleep was hard to come by in Canada, I have found. The sun doesn't even fully go down till 10:30, give or take 10 minutes. It's easy to lose track of time. We are used to the sun dropping around 5 in the winter, and then around 7:30 in the spring/summer. To us, the sun seemed to never drop in Canada. It would be 10 o'clock and we thought it was four in the afternoon. Why am I rambling on about when the sun drops? It kills our sleeping pattern. So we all...

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May 25, 2017 - Day 5

The fifth day unfolded much like the previous day. We spent the vast majority of the time at Robert Thirsk High School. But this time, we got to sit in on some classes and see firsthand how their education plays out. Suffice it to say, Thursday was both the last and the best day spent in schools, in my opinion. It was hilarious, honestly, to listen to Canadian students attempt to do a Southern accent when reading out of "To Kill a Mockingbird." Their idea of what we sound like was extremely exaggerated, but probably wouldn't have been too...

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May 25, 2017 - Too much to share!

- May 17, 2017 – Robert Thirsk High School. Robert Thirsk High School is named after the astronaut, Robert Thirsk. Much like Nelson Mandela, RTHS is a part of the re-design model for high schools. I personally liked RTHS the most, but I also think it is because we were there for two whole days, and we were immersed into the classrooms. RTHS is separated into Orange, Red, and Blue communities, and within each community, there is a 10, 11, 12 grade group. All oranges are on one floor, all reds are one floor, and all blues are on one floor....

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