One day in September last year we walked into our computer class as 9th graders. Mrs. Thomas, our computer teacher,
had something ready for us. We finished our unit on HTML last year and she wanted us to participate in ThinkQuest.
The five of us have been together the longest in class and we know each other well and can work together better.
First we all brainstormed on what we wanted to do. Since all the secondary students in the school had been on a trip to the
Aral Sea, we looked at the areas we could do and saw that "World Economy" might suit us. We felt the topic of
cotton and the Aral Sea would be fit for the 9th grade project.
If, cajoling, pleading, and bribing is evidence of the role of the teacher(s), the web site is proof of a lot of the above. Although our five students are only in computer class one day a week, they were highly motivated to do the ThinkQuest projects. We had been on a field trip last year to the Aral Sea and, while looking for a project to tell the rest of the world about our ecological disaster, this seemed to fit perfectly. Weeks went by and progress was being made, but the question "Are you done yet" was asked many times. Always "I will be, tomorrow, next Monday", was the answer. But it was done piece by piece. The last two weeks were hectic. We coordinated our web site together, had it proofread by our English teacher Mrs. Timke and Mrs. Thomas saying "got to be done, got to be done". Just in the nick of time, it was done. It was a team effort and whatever happens all of us really enjoyed the process and hope the world will realize the plight of the Aral Sea.