The idea of the Cloudman Discovery Notebook and how to get started.
The idea of the Cloudman Discovery Notebook began as an experiment with my college students a few years ago. I was looking for a fresh approach to inspiring my students to feel a connection with the sky and to establish the practice of "Looking Up and Seeing"! The success in the classroom has proven the value of the idea as a practical and far-reaching tool for learning. The following are ideas to get you started on making your notebook uniquely yours.
HOW TO CREATE YOUR NOTEBOOK:
1. Start with a large three ring binder.
2. Make chapters from the list of activities on these next pages:
3. Choose topics provided on my website, or ones you wish to add.
4. Chapters may be explored independently or when necessary with parental/teacher guidance.
5. You may wish to start with a few topics, and add others as time goes by. (This could become a long range project lasting years.) Use your imagination. There are no hard rules about the notebook.
6. After you start, begin to establish the habit of LOOKING UP and SEEING. Learn the difference between casual looking and SEEING with perception. This is a capability that develops over time, with continued practice.
7. Use my Peterson's First Guide to Clouds and Weather, Peterson's Field Guide to the Atmosphere, my new book, The Book of Clouds and a Skywatcher's Cloud Chart for resources. See my Cloudman Products page on this site.
If you have any questions, contact
Sincerely, John A. Day, Ph.D. (a.k.a. Cloudman)
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