Shark Bytes

This blog is an area for project participants to collaborate, share ideas, ask questions, etc.

Monday, September 18, 2006

This is Dr. Eugenie Clark.
I had the opportunity to hear her speak at the Museum of Natural History in Manhattan sixteen years ago and I still remember what a wonderful experience it was.
I saw her a few weeks before I went on a dive trip to Cocos Island.
I was nervous about this trip since we were going to be diving with schools of hammerhead sharks. I knew that the movie Jaws gave sharks a bad reputation, but had a difficult time relaxing my mind. Dr. Clark assured me that I'd be fine and reminded me how fortunate I was to be able to spend a week diving in such a pristine place as Cocos Island. Dr. Clark was right!
There's an excellent chapter biography for your students that I highly recommend.
Shark Lady: True Adventures of Eugenie Clark (Paperback) by Ann Mcgovern, Ruth Chew (Illustrator)

Here's a question for discussion.
I'm thrilled that you joined Shark Bytes, but it's time for true confessions. Are you afraid of sharks? If so, how can you teach this topic objectively without letting your students know your true feelings?