Almost everyone who comes into my room, and happens to look up, usually asks, "What are those things?" Along the ceiling, peering down on us are my moles. They stretch from one end of the ceiling to the other and well into my "overflow" room. My students have been creating them each year for our Mole Day celebration.
|A panorama of the 350-450 moles in my classroom. They are just below the ceiling on the far wall!|
Mole Day is celebrated at 6:02 on October 23rd of each year by chemistry teachers to honor Avogadro's Number and the Mole. A mole is a number, just like a dozen is a number. A dozen = 12 things. A mole = 602,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 (or 6.02 x 10^23) things. Its the way chemists measure numbers of atoms and relates to using chemical formulas to predict amounts of a product. We celebrate it on October 23rd because it is 10/23 (Just like Trucker day is celebrated on October 4th - 10/4 Good Buddy!).
|Go to moleday.org for more information on Mole Day|
While I love travel and experiences, I'm very much about being rooted in one place and going on adventures from there. Moving to a new school and back to Denver was scary. I had been in a great situation before but knew I was also ready to push new boundaries and learn new things. Creating new relationships, teaching middle school instead of high school, relearning my way around Denver: all were unknown and at least gave me some anxiety.
|Dark Side of the Mole next to The King of Rock and Mole|