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Thank GOODNESS for FLAT Walls!

Posted by on November 1, 2013

“Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.”
~Benjamin Franklin

Ashli and Zoe helped us to FLATTEN our classroom WALLS again!  Before you get all worried about “demolition” … take a DEEP breath! That’s NOT what we mean! Ashli and Zoe, our Peru experts from Mosqoy, SKYPED with us again. They are bringing their experiences TO us by connecting through technology. We are SO lucky that we get to ask them our questions instead of having to read about Peru in a text book or by doing google searches! They have done SUCH an amazing job of helping us to understand our “wonders”!

WOW! Over 100 students ... all cozied up to Skype with Ashli and Zoe!

WOW! Over 100 students … all cozied up to Skype with Ashli and Zoe!

What follows are our reflections on our SECOND Skype in TWO weeks with Ashli and Zoe:

“Hi! Welcome to our new Blog Post, Readers! I’m gonna talk to you about our second Skype with Ashli and Zoe! Okay! Let’s start! Question: Why is Machu Picchu carved like stairs? Answer: Okay, well, some are just normal stairs that we walk on. They build so the people that lived there could transfer faster from one house to another. The other giant steps are used for gardening on the mountains. Question: Have you ever been in the Amazon? Answer: (Ashli) Well I have been in the Amazon Jungle! I’ve caped out there! It was very loud there! (Zoe) Well, I’ve been there camping on the roof of the little boat that floated on the river in the Amazon Jungle. These are two highlight questions for me! Thank you for reading!”

“WOW! Amazing! Really? Me, my class and four other classes and five other teachers and some university students, (they were observing), Skyping with Ashli and Zoe! Okay … now I think we should go into facts. In Peru all they have as pets is … DOGS! Do you know why? Because cats would just walk away and they KILL guinea pigs to eat so they just just dogs. But, most dogs are stray. Amazon time. Okay … in the Amazon, there are killer ants and in three bites … you could be … dead!” ~Claire

“Why??? It’s TOO sad! On October 29th we Skyped with Ashli and Zoe. I still did not get to say my question. If you don’t know, this is my second time skyping!” ~Melvin

We still have SO many questions ... with SO many students we didn't ALL get the chance to ask ... YET!

We still have SO many questions … with SO many students we didn’t ALL get the chance to ask … YET!

“This is our 2nd Skype with Ashli and Zoe. We learned why the stairs are carved on Machu Picchu … because it gives more space for farming. Peruvians mostly have dogs as pets, (if they could afford them.) The jungle is FULL of many dangerous animals like killer ants and scorpions!” ~Isaac

“Ashli told us that she BURST into tears when she passed the corner store (*in Vancouver when she came back from Peru ~LR), because of CULTURE SHOCK. I’m pretty sure she said CULTURE SHOCK because it couldn’t be because she went into shock, right? She burst into tears because she had previously been in Peru for a long, long time. Probably three months, at least. (*and she was sad that kids in Peru were so excited to go to school and would walk several hours just to get there, but in Canada she saw so many kids just “skipping” school. ~LR) We were lucky enough for them to show us what was outside their living room and it was the ocean.” ~Cohen

“I was surprised that the most common pet in Peru is dogs. In the Amazon Jungle there are killer ants. If you get three bites from a killer ant you will die. Cats are not common pets in Q’enqo. In Q’enqo high school students need to walk a long way to get to school. Scorpions roam freely around in the streets. The air is hard to breath climbing up the mountain to get to Q’enqo because of altitude sickness and pollution.” ~Noam

We are SO lucky to be able to interview Ashli and Zoe. They have helped us to learn SO much about Peru!

We are SO lucky to be able to interview Ashli and Zoe. They have helped us to learn SO much about Peru!

“Sometimes when someone is climbing mountains to get to Q’enqo they could get altitude sickness because when they get higher the air is thinner. There are ants in Peru that if they bite you three times you will die! Ashli told us that she exploded into tears because there where people wasting their time drinking slurpies and missing classes that they didn’t like and she stayed with people that had to walk 3 – 4 hours to get to school in Peru. It was great to get to Skype with Ashli and Zoe. We learned lots!” ~Hilary

“Whhhaaatttt? I had no idea that dogs are the most usual pets. Even though I have a dog, but we have a lizard too. In the Amazon jungle there’s a place called the Cloud Forest with killer ants! Three bites can kill you!” ~Amy

“Wow! Really? Dogs are the only pets in Peru. Well, actually only the lucky dogs get to be a pet. Lots of dogs are stray and live on the dirty, muddy streets with rats too!!! Cats are not good pets in Peru because they can escape easy. Only the lucky Peruvians have cats. Rats, rats, rats. How come it has to be rats? Rats are common to run around some Peruvian houses … on their beds, tables, and chairs and lots of different places in houses. There are some soldier ants in Peru. Three bits you can die. I loved having about 102 kids Skyping with Ashli and Zoe with my class!” ~Kennedy

There are KILLER ants EVERYWHERE in the Jungle. Three bites from THESE ... and you DIE! Shared by Ashli Akins. © Stuart Higgs

There are KILLER ants EVERYWHERE in the Jungle. Three bites from THESE … and you DIE!
Shared by Ashli Akins. © Stuart Higgs

“On our Skype with Ashli and Zoe I learned a lot. In Peru people have dogs as pets, not cats. And, they have rats, not mice. The reason people do not have cats is because they would run away. But, only the lucky dogs get to be pets. The rats run around the house on beds and on headboards. In the Amazon Jungle, there are killer ants, and if you get stung by one three time then you could … die. OMG that is scary. But, if you think that is scary, listen to this. If you (go into the Amazon Jungle ~LR), some Peruvians will shoot you with a bow and arrow, (because some indigenous tribes do not want outsiders coming into their villages … they have not been exposed to our diseases and could die ~LR). I would be terrified of that! I hope we get to Skype again!” ~Jenna

It's FUNNY ... but ... the more questions we ASK ... the more we WONDER!

It’s FUNNY … but … the more questions we ASK … the more we WONDER!

“I learned that in the jungle there are poisonous spiders and dangerous wild boars. You could get shot by a tribe member with a bow and arrow. You can also get bitten by an ant. Scorpions walk across the streets.” ~Lane

“Hi. I asked why the mountains are carved into shapes of stairs. Ashli said it was for more planting area and to use as stairs too. It takes about three days, from Victoria, to get to Q’enqo Peru. Cats aren’t common because they will run away. Many farmers have dogs but only lucky dogs get to be pets.” ~Daniel

“Did you know that in the Amazon Jungle there are killer ants all over? Ashli and Zoe told us that if the killer ants bite you three times, you will die. Even there’s rats all over the houses in Peru. Even in Peru there is scorpions. The scorpions run around the streets. And Ashli even told us maybe that some people in the Amazon Jungles might eat scorpions! I did not know that in Peru the only pets are usually dogs. Some dogs are lucky enough to get an owner. Some dogs live in the road or outside from the house.” ~Hannah

Look VERY closely ... we wonder if this is a dog who is lucky enough to be a pet ... and NOT a stray.

Look VERY closely … we wonder if this is a dog who is lucky enough to be a pet … and NOT a stray.
© Photo by Lauren Adamson

“We had another Skype with Ashli and Zoe. They told us more stuff. They told us about this kind of ant. They are 3.5 cm. If you get bitten by one three times you can die. They also said there were poisonous spiders. I thought it was cool that the most popular pet was a DOG! Well, lucky dogs. The jungle has dangerous creatures.” ~Catherine

“When we were Skyping with Ashli and Zoe, Ashli told us she had about three more weeks until she goes to Peru. Have you ever been to the Amazon? Ashli has! She has gone to a part of the Amazon Jungle that isn’t mapped!?! Did you know that a killer ant can kill a human in three bites? There are also tribes that would shoot you with their bow and arrows! And, it would take one hour to get 100 metres through the cloud forest with a machete!” ~Peng Peng

Ashli and the machete she used to make her way through the Amazon Jungle! Shared by Ashli Akins. © Stuart Higgs

Ashli and the machete she used to make her way through the Amazon Jungle!
Shared by Ashli Akins. © Stuart Higgs

“Guess what? Today we got to Skype with Ashli and Zoe! Here is information about Q’enqo and the Amazon Jungle. In the Amazon Jungle there are lots of wild animals like killer ants. If they bit you three times then you die. One boy asked why is Machu Picchu carved like stairs? She said some are used for gardening. I was shocked that dogs were the popular animals in Peru. She also said that she could speak two languages. Lots of high school students in Peru have to walk a long way to get to school.” ~Kelly

So ... the steps were actual STEPS and MANY steps were created for gardens! © Photo by Lauren Adamson

So … the steps were actual STEPS and MANY steps were created for gardens!
© Photo by Lauren Adamson

“When Ashli and Zoe said people in the Cloud Forest sometimes shoot outsiders I was so confused! Something else about the Amazon Jungle … there is killer ants that in three bites you’re dead. We finally found out why Machu Picchu is shaped like stairs. Once, some of my friends went up the Inca Trail and saw the ruins.” ~Ethan

“I never knew that in Peru that most people have dogs as pets. This was a very interesting sentence. In Peru the killer ant … if they bite you in three bites you are dead. The cats are not that common in Peru. The Amazon Jungle is full of wild animals like spiders. In high school they usually have to walk a long way. Ashli and Zoe both went to the Amazon Jungle. We had so much fun!” ~Aya

The jungle was SO dense it would take an HOUR to get 100 metres! If you look VERY closely, can you see ASHLI with her HEADLAMP on? Shared by Ashli Akins. © Stuart Higgs

The jungle was SO dense it would take an HOUR to get 100 metres! If you look VERY closely, can you see ASHLI with her HEADLAMP on?
Shared by Ashli Akins. © Stuart Higgs

Oh … if you ONLY knew HOW much more we could have told you! We didn’t even MENTION the fact that Ashli said the jungle animals were SO loud that she couldn’t even SLEEP at night! OR that the Library in Q’enqo only has about 120 books … MANY of us think we need to DO something about that! Something TELLS us that we are SO intrigued by the indigenous tribes in the Cloud Forest, and the KILLER ants in the Amazon Jungle, that we MAY have to do a little more DIGGING!

We wonder:

  • Have you ever been to the Amazon Jungle?
  • Do you know anything about the indigenous tribes around the world who DON’T want contact with the outside world? We have a TON of questions about this.
  • What do YOU think we should ask Ashli and Zoe the next time we Skype with them?

“Who questions much, shall learn much, and retain much.”

~Francis Bacon

7 Responses to Thank GOODNESS for FLAT Walls!

  1. jenna and family

    Hi Miss Renton and class 🙂
    I Ioved the new post it is great! We loved all the photos! So I wanted to ask which photo was the best?
    I looked in the photo were we where all siting in the big group of kids were looking at Ashil and Zoe and I saw to two kids. They looked happy but I only saw the back of there heads. Did you know a lot of people there, did you know some people or did you not know a lot of people there and that’s fine;) Hope you guys have lots of fun all week! 🙂
    Jenna and family

    • Laurie Renton

      Hi Jenna!

      I love seeing how engaged you are with our class blog! I loved the new post too! Gosh … it would be hard to choose a favourite photo on this post, but I’d have to say that the one with Ashli in the middle of the Cloud Forest, with the machete clutched between her teeth, ALWAYS brings a smile to my face!

      It was sure a big group of people in our room that day. It was SO nice to have all FIVE classes together for that Skype! I knew a lot of people in that room but, honestly, there were a lot of people I DIDN’T know as well! We’ll have a YEAR of Skypes to get to know one another!

      I wonder what YOUR favourite photo was?

      Mrs. Renton 🙂

      • jenna and family

        Hi Miss Renton
        Well it is hard for me to have a favourite photo but I like the one where she is in the tent and she had a great view of the Cloud Forest:)

        What was your favourite thing they told us:)

        • Laurie Renton

          Hi Jenna!

          I agree – it was really tough to choose just one photo! There were so MANY awesome PHOTOS. I am THRILLED that Ashli AND Lauren are sharing their photos with us!

          Gosh … Ashli and Zoe told us SO many amazing things! I was THRILLED to hear that Zoe had been to India … and that she would be willing to Skype with us to tell us about THAT experience. I think the one big SURPRISE was discovering that there are “voluntary no contact” indigenous people living in the jungle who will do almost anything to avoid contact from people outside their clan. I really learned SO many interesting things during our Skype. I walked away with SO many more questions! I LOVE when that happens!

          Mrs. Renton 🙂

          • jenna and family

            Hi Miss Renton

            As you know, I did not feel good today but that did not stop me from replying to your comment! 🙂

            I was very happy when Zoe told us she went to India. It would be SO cool if they left a comment.

            I think it is cool that we are learning about the “voluntary no contact” indigenous people.

            You are great;)

            Jenna:)

  2. Cohen and family

    Hello. It is so great to see this great learning in the classroom. There are so many interesting facts about Peru. Cohen told me that YOU have been learning about Kangaroo,eihcidna…We can’t wait to hear more!

    • Laurie Renton

      Hi Cohen, and family!

      It was an AWESOME surprise to see your comment! We’ve been discovering some AMAZING things about Peru through our Skypes with Ashli and Zoe. The funny thing is, the more questions we ask, the more we learn, the MORE questions we have! Learning is like that!

      We are lucky to have a global reader, Ross Mannell in New South Wales, who always leaves us the MOST interesting comments. When we ask him a question often we are lucky enough to end up with an “extended comment” that Ross will turn into a blog post for us! Because we asked him about Australia, he shared some INCREDIBLE information about the animals and the land. We LOVE that we get to learn with other people around the world! Keep checking back … our NEXT post will MOST likely be about the voluntary no-contact indigenous people Ashli told us about in our LAST Skype. We had a TON of questions about THAT and had to do some MORE investigating!

      Mrs. Renton 🙂

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