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Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Three Cups of Tea Day

I got to visit all the classes on our first Three Cups of Tea Day. I saw lots of interesting things going on: kids getting dressed in high tech gear for mountain climbing; bulbs being planted in the front flower gardens; lots of kids exploring Pakistan on Google Earth; students breathing through straws after hiking outside; groups drinking hot tea; games of cricket in the gym; videos and reading all over the school. It all looked great to me. What did you think?

What did you like about the half day on Wednesday, October 28? To give your opinion, click on the word Comments below and write in the comment box. You don't have to give your name, but please tell what grade you are in. You can add suggestions for the next activity day, too.

Mr. Koelker

125 comments:

Jacob said...

I liked how we got to go outside in the garden because we usually have to stay inside all day.

Anna said...

I liked the day but I wish we did more hands on stuff besides the planting of bulbs. The tea was okay but I didn't like it a lot. I suppose that it was the same thing with that tea that Greg had to drink. It was nice to go outside but it was really cold!!

Josh Velez, 7th Grade said...

I would have rather had a regular school day. It was okay but I would have rather been playing activities like last year.

Anonymous said...

I am in 7th grade and I thought it was pretty boring because all we did was read and drink tea. Hopefully the next day will be better.

Jackman said...

I really enjoyed learning about this man and what he did.
Jackman

masee said...

the thing i loved yesterday was when i started to read because i was born in Pakistan and whenever i read the word Pakistan it made me feel like i was in Pakistan right now

justine said...

I liked the half day but I wish that we didn't have to read for so long. I did not like the tea. It was to plain for me. I suppose that the tea was different than what the tea that Greg drank.

masee said...

the thing i loved yesterday was when i started to read because i was born in Pakistan and whenever i read the word Pakistan it made me feel like i was in Pakistan right now

Elijah said...

i liked the half day but i didn't like the reading part but every thing els was cool and a fun half day. ?:^{)
BY ELIJAH KITCHEN

Ali said...

I preferred other days of school and I think that the book had a very good moral, displaying that you should act out of the kindness of your heart, but I would have enjoyed more physical activity rather than reading straight through the day. I cared for last years activities more compared to this years half days so far.
Thanks a bunch for all the efforts to make our half days fun,
Ali Tolan (7th grade)

Matthew said...

I didn't like it because I am not a big fan of reading a book I don't like. I also didn't like how we were forced to drink tea, that I thought tasted awful. -Matt Beecher

morrigan said...

I liked the other half days a little more than the one yesterday, I liked learning about Greg and the wonderful things he did but it was a little boring

pratt said...

I thought that the 3 Cups of Tea day was better than having regular classes. It was fun to have a change, but we (7th grade) spent the whole day reading except for one break when we planted tulips which was fun. Next time I think we should start the pennies for peace program!!!!

shannon said...

I think that the day was fun and because we didn't have the normal classes and i also liked the group activites

Me said...

I think it was fun because its better than doing regular schoolwork, but next time I think we should do more "hands-on" group activities. Tea is delicious and we should have Tea every day.
-Me
(Katie)

Anonymous said...

It was OK it was not boring but it was not FUN FUN it was between.It was somewhat boring because my group mostly read the whole time and that was OK, but I would liked to have done something else besides read.

Will said...

I thought that it was an okay day but some parts were a little boring, I still felt it was better than most days.
Will

Anonymous said...

I like how we read for an hour and we went outside to garden.

Tony 7th grade

Jasper Erickson said...

I personally liked the half day. i like going home early. :D

Jack said...

I think that the three cups of tea day was okay but we need to do more activities we mostly read the whole time. Overall it wasn't too bad

Kevin said...

I liked Planting the bulbs and Ms. Smacher and everyone else had some talks

kevan said...

I thought that the day was okay, the book was good but I would like it more if we did another activity outside but it was kind of cold. Also I think that we should of had some sugar to put into the tea because it was plain and strong. kevan m

Silas said...

I liked that it was a half day but the tea was horrible and the book wasn't great and apparently people were actually doing fun things which is stupid because all we did was read.

Lizzie said...

It was interesting though I also wish that we had more hands on stuff the planting the bulbs was fun but I think having more hands on work with the book could of happened.I was freezing outside Brrrr.

Jack said...

I thought it was okay but we need to do more activities, we mostly just read the whole time.

ryan said...

I think what we did yesterday was okay, it wasn't the best day ever but it certainly wasn't the worst. Also I was very inspired by his accomplishments and his story and what he did for those kids was great.

Maura said...

I thought the half-day was ok, but i do wish that we could have done the mountaineering thing too. i like to read, so to me the day was more interesting than other days. i don't see why they told us what the flowers were going to be, it ruined the surprise! i though that was about being patient.

Jesse Fickel said...

It was pretty boring. Not the best/funnest thing ever. I didn't like the tea at all. It was really gross.I was basically bored the whole day besides spending time with the people in my group. I don't remember a thing and I think it is stupid that we have to spend our free time reading a book we didn't choose to read.

matthew said...

I liked it because we got to go outside and also I liked how here was no work to do other than the reading

(>'_')>#? said...

the story was a good syory but the way he wrote it wazzzzzzz .......kinda......awful

ryan said...

I think yesterday was okay It wasn't the worst day ever but it wasn't the best either. Also, i was inspired by his story and his accomplishments and what he did for those kids was great.

Marty said...

I liked how we got to drink tea and go outside. The book was nice and had a good story.

Max said...

I thought it was OK but the tea taste horrible. I kind of liked the reading but it was kind of short.

Graham Shallow said...

I liked that we could go outside and plant that stuff but I thought that the music video was boring. I didn't like the tea but I thought It was interesting (I mean it was sad and all) but I'm interested in stuff like that. NOT INTERESTED IN SAD STUFF BUT STUFF HAPPENING AROUND THE WORLD!

Aimee said...

I really enjoyed the three cups of tea day. I thought the book was great and had a good message.

Anonymous said...

it was super kool hanging with friends


-noah 6th grade

Anonymous said...

i liked the half day yesterday but it would have been better if we didnt have to do work!
-Ben 6th grade

Anonymous said...

Makala

I loved it so much!!!
:)

lindsey said...

i'm a 6th grader and i think yesterday wasn't the best but i would do it agian anyday

Anonymous said...

Makaela im in 6th grade
I liked how we got to run up and down the hill. It was really fun, all of the kids were really hyper and excited about it.

Anonymous said...

i liked the half day it would have been better if we got to go in the gym and if we didnt have to do any work at all!!!!!!!!

jordin in 6th grade

Anonymous said...

Michael said... I really liked it because it was a half day and Three Cups of Tea was going on too!

Anonymous said...

I liked the half day yesterday but it would have been awesome if we went on a FIELD TRIP!!!!!
-BEN 6TH GRADE

Anonymous said...

I thought that the half day was fun, but mostly because of the part of thinking that we didn't have any work to do at school or outside of school and also thinking that we could be able to go out to lunch right after with your friends.I do wish that we got to do the awesome things that the 7th and the 8th like cricket or drink tea, YMMMMMMMM! The dressing up thing was fun too!

Anonymous said...

im a sixth grader and i liked the walk the most. that hill was huge! my legs still hurt. i liked learning about greg also. and seeing ben get all dressed up in the big suits!
-Caitlin

Anonymous said...

I thought it was fun but i wished we could have done more game activities instead of just listening to people talk. I mean I still thought it was fun like the movie was interesting and so was seeing the equiptment .I definitly liked how we got to do it the whole day . Next time I hope to do more hands on activities but it was still really fun!!!!

Anonymous said...

I thought it was fun but i wished we could have done more game activities instead of just listening to people talk. I mean I still thought it was fun like the movie was interesting and so was seeing the equiptment .I definitly liked how we got to do it the whole day . Next time I hope to do more hands on activities but it was still really fun!!!!

Anonymous said...

Im Angel and im a sixth grade . So iim gonna tell you what i think so we should have drank tea . I think it would be cool if we did that . But the day was awesome cause it was a half day

Anonymous said...

It was pretty fun! We got to hang out with our friends that are on the other team. The walk was the best. Running down the hill was really fun! It was cool.

Signed Drew

Anonymous said...

Bodhi said It was a okay day. I wasn't expecting this day to come. However,I did like the Hill Hiking,and the Mountain gear.
i would've rather have a normal day... oh who am I'm kidding
IT WAS "FUN".

Anonymous said...

im a sixth grader i think that we should have done more stuff out side.!!!!:)

Anonymous said...

Ciera said...
It was a pretty nice choice to chose for a half day but i think there could have been something a little bit more fun, but I learned lots of interesting things that i would have never thought of before? But the one thing that made me really happy that day was that it was a half day.

Anonymous said...

It was OK, because we got to learn about what Greg had to wear when he tried to climb K2. Also I liked that in Mr.Heffernan's room we got on the laptops and try to find how tall each mountain was on his sheet of paper.


Noah

Anonymous said...

I learned about K2, the second largest mountain in the world. It was good to learn about Greg and his sister Christa. Christa died of a seizure and Greg is going to build a school .

Megan

Anonymous said...

A lot of people died on k2.I learned that Greg built a school.

Sumner

Anonymous said...

I thought it was fun on 3 cups of tea day. but the one thing that I didn't like was breathing through a straw. ALICE

Anonymous said...

Aaron grade 6

I liked it because the walk was good. The walk was good because I ran up a hill. I like the outside.

Anonymous said...

I'm Katarina and im in grade 6. I kind of liked the day because I like running up and down the hills. The movies were alright and the walk was fun. It was kind of stupid how we had to breath through straws AFTER. We should have done it while we were going up the steep hill.

Anonymous said...

Zachery grade 6

It was a great day and I wish we could do it again except a different topic. I thought the best part was the climb when we had to climb up Boothby. Then we had to breath through straws for 2:00 minutes. It was so easy everyone could do it in my group and that's what I think of of yesterday!$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

Anonymous said...

I liked it because hanging out with my friends from different classes was really fun. Katarina and I ran up and down the hill together and hung out mostly the whole day. We were in every class together. So awesome and exciting.

Sage said...

I thougthe sixth graders should be able to drink tea.
~Sage 6th grade

meagan said...

i wish that things that the 7 th graders did but besides that it was better than a regular school day
meagan

Peach said...

I really liked it! I think it would be a great idea for Karing for Kitties!

Anonymous said...

YEVONNA !
I thought it was okay, I liked the walk. But the rest was boring.

Sam said...

My name is Sam,
the half day was fun but mostlly just because it was a half day. the three cups of tea idea wasn't as fun as i taught. i wish we did more active stuff.

P.S. i am in 6th grade

Anonymous said...

YEVONNA !
I thought it was okay, I liked the walk. But the rest was boring.

Julia said...

Julia

The day was okay, i think that we should of done more hands on stuff. i wish we could of gone outside.

Anonymous said...

will,i think the day but i did not like the videos and that we did not get to drink tea.

6th grade

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Kenzie said...

I liked it alot. I thought it was very cool and creative...Athough...I want to drink tea...I liked the walk and it was fun...I like the new blog too...

Anonymous said...

-Storm 6th grade well i could say it was pretty fun i mean it we got to try on moutain gear so that was pretty fun so what i'd have to say is we should do it again so the best thing is was the boothbay hill going diwn on it (except when i lost my phone) but other than that i had a BLAST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Jackson said...

I thought it was ok. Next time we should do for a full day so we can do some more activity's.

Ava said...

I really liked the half day, because we were able to learn a lot more about mountains, and what you'd need to survive on K2. It was cool to see all of the stuff to use. I did wish we could learn more about the Korphe culture though. And I wish we could have drank tea also. But overall, it was a very fun, cool, interesting day!

ANGEL said...

Hey my name is Angel. Im in sixth grade. I thought that the half day was awesome because we got to have no work to do at all witch i loved .
But i also loved all the stuff we did . They were fun to. I still wished that we all drank tea that would be alright.Google Earth was cool. to do and now im all done so byeeee

Anonymous said...

I thought yesterday was really cool because i got to learn a lot of stuff about greg mortenson and what it was like to be him.

max

Anonymous said...

I thought yesterday was fun because we got to go on the walk and see how Greg Mortenson would climb up the K2 mountain!

- Rachel a 6 grader at Mahoney Middle School

Anonymous said...

I didn't like it because it was based on there cups of tea . it should of just a fun day were every one is out side .



r2d2

Anonymous said...

I liked yesterday, only not the walk. I kept getting rushed when I was only five steps from the main group! I wish we could have had it on a warmer day though. It sounded scary when ice froze over Greg's nose and mouth. I also wish there was more funner activites.
~Courtney, 6th grader

Anonymous said...

I thought yesterday was fun because it was easy to walk up booth bay because I walk up the road almost every time I go to his house. I also liked the activity in the computer lab because we learned how they play, and how they ate.


Noah 6th grade

Anonymous said...

I liked the half day yesterday because we got to learn a lot about Thrre Cups Of Tea and a lot about what food they eat and what they celebrate. I also liked how I got to dress how Greg Mortenson did when he went on his expedition on K2.It was really fun and I'm willing to do the same thing anyday!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!-Ben 6th grade

Michael said...

Michael said... I'm in 6th grade and I think that watching the Three Cups of Tea video was my favorite because the video talked more about Greg and what he did in Pakistan for the children.

Anonymous said...

aka it was fun to walk up the hill

Anonymous said...

Nick 6th grade,
I liked the half day. It was the best
day so far this year. It was fun because it all revolved around Three Cups of Tea and Greg Mortenson. Plus we learned about when Greg tried to climb K2 and put the necklace on the summit of K2 for his sisters honor.

Anonymous said...

i like the half day but if i could change any thing i would have us go out side and play things that have to do with the book.

- Kaeli 6th grade :)

Anonymous said...

i loved the walk that in took with Mrs. Pitt and my other class mates my name is Adrienne and i am a 6th grader i had a lotz of fun

Anonymous said...

i didnt like it but when we got to go in to the gear its started to be really fun so the day wasnt that bad but we started off really boring so next time we should start it more exciting

Anonymous said...

I am in 6th grade and I thought that it was kind of fun. But I was not there for the whole day. While I there I thought it was a little fun I thought there was going to be more games.

Anonymous said...

it was awesome aj

Anonymous said...

IT WAS BORING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Emily said...

I really liked the half day!! I thought it was cool to switch to classes you haven't had before!! Like I had Mrs. Pitt (which i usally don't have her!) Also Mr.Nee! I think that we should do something just a little more fun! Though everything was really fun!! :)

Emily

Anonymous said...

I thought it was funner than a regular day. I enjoyed breathing through the straws and seeing all the different hiking equipment they used to hike K2.

Anonymous said...

I thought it was pretty cool how the sixth graders got to walk up a hill.



Matt 6th grade

Anonymous said...

It was really fun and she enjoyed having a half day and learning more about K2. :) :) :)

Anonymous said...

I liked the half day because we got to hang out with all my friends and did not have to do any work!! :)

Anonymous said...

Joey Rocker in 6th grade,
I thought that th half day was really fun because we got to walk up Bothby hill with are friends.I didn't like the group I was in they was bugging me. Over all it was a really fun day, all day long. I liked when we left school better, it was lots of fun.

Anonymous said...

JOJO grade 6

I enjoyed the "hike" and thought meeting different teachers was interesting but I thought over all I like my normal day better.

Anonymous said...

Hi its Joey Rocker I liked the half day.

Anonymous said...

I kinda like it because you watch movies and that is sleepy and i almost fell a sleep. The only part that was fun was the google earth because we got to use the laptops and we barly use them. But over all it was kinda fun. Also the fun part was running up the hill and down it.

Kristina 6:)

Anonymous said...

Mary said...(6th grade)
I thought the half day was pretty good but I would rather have done more physical activity even though we did go for a walk. I didn't like the part where we had to watch short videos and take notes because that's exactly what we do in school. Other than that I had lots of fun and I liked my group. It was also cool to breath through a straw. It was better than most days.

Anonymous said...

I am in 6th grade and my name is Caitlyn. I liked the walk the most because we got to run down his huge hill. I also enjoyed the station when we got to learn about hiking mountains and watching a video about k2.

Anonymous said...

I thought it was fun but I wish we could have had more time to do more active stuff. Like playing a game about 3 cups of tea, and that we could have snack. Connor Brown

Anonymous said...

Hi I am in sixth grade I thought the half day was okay. I thought when Mr. Kozaka came to talk about the mountain K2 it was pretty fun because we didn't learn by the way you normally learn we watched a video and dressed up got to go bye!!!!

Anonymous said...

it was sick.




r2d2 from the land of the wardrobe.

Anonymous said...

I liked how we ran up Boothby and breathed through straws it was fun!!

Zach J.

GARY said...

I LIKE THE HALF DAY BECAUSE I LIKED THE GROUP I WAS IN I ALSO LIKED GOING OUTSIDE FOR A LITTLE BIT

Anonymous said...

I think that the half day was fun, we got to go up the hill and breath through straws so we could experience what Greg had done. We also got to see some of the types of clothes and got to try them on that Greg would had worn.



Dejan -- 6th Grade

Eli said...

Grade 6

It was okay but I liked how we walked up Boothby hill. Overall it was an okay day.I also liked breathing through straws

Krystal said...

I really enjoyed the halfday about three cups of tea!!!! The most funest part of that day was when we got to walk up boothby and run right back the hill!!!!!!I can't wait for the next halfday about Three cups Of Tea!!!!!!

Krystal 6th Grade

Anonymous said...

I'm Katarina and im in sixth grade. It was alright because the only thing i liked was that it was a half day and running up and down the hill was fun. I sort of want to do this again. Even though it was a half day, the day still seemed kind of long.
-Katarina 6th grade.

Anonymous said...

I'm Katarina and im in 6th grade. This is my 3rd or 4th time publishing a comment. I liked running up and down the hill!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

I really enjoyed the half day because I learned some interesting things about mountains and mountain climbing.I also enjoyed going outside for the walk because it was nice to get some fresh air.

Josie
Grade 6

Anonymous said...

Ashlee 6 grade


I thought it was fun out side but it felt weird breathing through a straw.

Anonymous said...

i really liked the half day,my favorite part was when we went outside.I also liked when we got to see the videos in the computer lab.






Emma Harmon-6th grade

Anonymous said...

James
grade 6
p-4
I liked the half day. It was fun learning about kids in different countries. If there was another half day i would like to do more art.

Anonymous said...

Shelby 6th grade

I like how we got to go outside and how we just did such different things than we usually do in school, but in the end I thought that it turned out awesome. I think that on the next half day we could mabye do a scavenger hunt or more games.

Phoebe grade 6 said...

I am a sixth grader and I thought that the half day was very cool. I enjoyed being with people from the 2 person team and seeing different teachers. It was rather confusing though I ended up in the wrong group because I misread the schedule. (oops) I did enjoy doing something doing different classes. It's so cool that all the city is reading this book! I can't wait to start the pennies for peace program!

Anonymous said...

I am Sarah and I am a sixth grader. I thought the half day was pretty cool but not the best. I thought that learning about all the gear that Greg had to wear and how different it was from what Greg's guide wore. i also liked going on google earth but i think we should of had enough laptops so we didn't have to share.

Anonymous said...

I liked the activity that we did with Mr. Kozaka. It was fun looking at all of the stuff that greg and his helpers would have to carry around. some of it was really heavy!I hope that the next half day will be this fun!!!

Anonymous said...

Claire 6

I liked the day because it was fun to see all the gear that Greg would have used, the jacket was really warm! Also I liked finding the Mountans on Google Earth, they look really hard to clime!

Anonymous said...

Maggie
6th

I thought it was fun it was cool when we went with Mrs. Pitt and walked up a hill then for 2 minutes we were breathing through a straw and I got kid of tired but not as bad as I thought. We also did google earth and looked at all the cool mountains like K2 and many other mountains even mount Washington which is in New Hampshire which was awesome because I have been there. But I didn't like when we went to the computer lab and watched the mini videos because sometimes I got confused because they were so short and so fast it was very confusing, so ti was kind of hard to write facts down,and lots of people were talking near me and I got very loud so I couldn't hear the movie. Overall it was ok but not the best.

Anonymous said...

Tristan 6th grade

I liked the half day because of all the gear they showed us. I thought the shoes with the spikes on it.

Anonymous said...

It was okay but I wish we could do some more activitys out side.

Anonymous said...

Davina
I liked the half a day with those people coming and telling us about Greg's trip on K2. It was weird though how Greg got to wear real good snow wear and his friend who carried his luggage wore wull and stuff like that.

Chris Choyce said...

I thought it was fun. I liked the day because all we did was eat,plant and read!I would like to thank whoever bought the books!THE WORST PART WAS DRINKING TEA!!!!!! I look forward to next time though.

Anonymous said...

The Three Cups of Tea day was fun because I got to learn what Greg did with and for the people of Korphe. It was also cool to see what Greg wore when he wanted to climb K2. It was interesting to see what the people in Korphe ate, what the kids played and what they learned and how they afforded to hire a teacher for them to learn. Plus when the kids didn't have a teacher they went outside and study with the other kids in the dirt. With out a teacher and just study with the other kids. Then Greg promised to build a school for the kids of Korphe so they could learn in instead of outside in the dirt. 6th grade Noah

Anna said...

It was okay more fun than the first day but I still didn't LOVE it i would have liked more activitys