Showing posts from April, 2016

Ethnobotany class observes Pohnpeian sakau ceremony

The SC/SS 115 Ethnobotany class wrapped up the term with a visit to the home of Senator Dakker Daniel, Nahnmadau, soumas en kousapw Pehleng, Kitti, Pohnpei, to observe the formal sakau ceremony nohpwei.

A driveway across the road is framed by oahr, Premna serratifolia/Premna obtusifolia small leaf variant.


Bus arrival at 3:43 P.M. suggests that while time lines would be tight, the class could venture further into Kitti. My own travel time was about six minutes.

 The sakau, Piper methysticum, arrives in the nahs.

A large and old plant is brought in.

The branches are ceremonially cut.

The root stock is separated.

Sunet, Helen, Twain, and Rogan.

Gathered family and friends.

Kerat, Sonja, Sandra. Stewart and Jason at the back, Angela far left behind Kerat.

Chance videos, Sweena, Cherlylina, and Rebeseen watch.

A legal consultant invited by Nahnmadau, Ravelyn, Chance, Sweena, Rebseen.

Kerat, Angela, Stewart, Jason, Sonja.

I am moved to the front platform to perform translation duties …

Site swap notation wraps up physical science term

Laboratory fifteen in physical science has the intent of wrapping up the term, expanding the students conception of what constitutes a mathematical model of a physical system, and having some fun. Daniel Kahneman in Thinking, Fast and Slow noted that the remembering mind rates experiences using a peak-end rule. We remember the best moment and the final moments of an experience when we reflect back on that experience. Although I had not known this particular fact when I designed laboratory 15 five years ago, I had always shared George M. Cohan's belief that one should "always leave them laughing when you say goodbye. I want the students to have positive affective domain responses to science, and ensuring the end experience is fun has an impact on those perceptions.

In the past I framed laboratory fifteen as a exposure to an alternative mathematical model that exists outside of the traditional mathematics "stack" of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, trigonometry, calculu…