[Coral-List] Cindy ' book... great!!

Cindy Shaw cindyshaw177 at charter.net
Sat Mar 18 19:06:54 EST 2006

Hellen and any others who may be interested, 

I'd be happy to send you a copy of GROUPER MOON if you would send me your mailing address (please email me privately at "cindyshaw177 at hotmail.com"). In return, any cogent comments or ideas would be appreciated. The book has not been translated into Spanish, but I'd certainly be interested. 

Cindy Shaw

> Date: Tue, 14 Mar 2006 15:19:55 +0100
> From: "Hellen Faus " <personal at hellenfaus.com>
> Subject: [Coral-List] Cindy ' book... great!!
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> Cindy, your experience and idea of the book is really interesting.
> Do you have it translated into Spanish? Do you think it could be interesting
> to think about it if it isn't? Could you post or send me an image of an
> inner page to have a look? 
> This kind of iniciatives are what I think are very usefull... concientating
> teachers and parents, and having the complicity of kids would do a great
> job. It is one of my main ideas of starting up with all this... schools and
> all this teaching resources.
> By the way, and thanks to the film "Nemo" I now remember how my niece, 7
> years old, when I show her my uw pictures, gets very excited recognizing
> some of her idols in the "real world"... and she can identify more of what I
> thought she'd do!!! This is what encourages me in this way.
> Buen azul a todos - Cheers.
> Hellen
> Date: Mon, 13 Mar 2006 16:53:34 -0800
> From: <cindy177 at charter.net>
> Subject: [Coral-List]  Education and Hollywood
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> As a scientific illustrator and writer backgrounds in earth/marine science
> and education, I am involved in the development of science educational
> materials for K-12-college students and the lay public (geology and coral
> reef ecology). 
> In education we talk about different kinds of learning styles, and the need
> to present subject matter in as many ways as possible in order to reach all
> types of learners. Educating us (the public) about coral reef decline or any
> other important issue needs as many approaches as possible: Inundate us with
> entertaining/educational movies and TV programs, colorful books and articles
> in print - even video games; integrate the subject matter all through the
> K-12 curriculum (and mandate it as part of the national educational
> standards), expand outreach activities - and cultivate supportive public
> policy makers. 
> As an example of what can be done in schools, current educational reform
> encourages "authentic" (real life) learning and assessment using
> multidisciplinary, problem-based approaches. Coral reef issues offer perfect
> opportunities for such learning. 
> In 1999, I wrote, illustrated, and published GROUPER MOON - a children's
> science adventure for use in the classroom - fiction, with accurate science
> that addresses the problems of over-fishing and coral reef decline. My
> approach to the story was to create a lovable fish character  (Cooper the
> Grouper) - one with whom kids could relate and want to take care of (who
> could not love a Nassau grouper?) - but through the boy character, the story
> also addresses human concerns of being able "to have our fish and eat it,
> too." Stan Waterman wrote the foreword. (For more details, see
> www.aureliapress.com or amazon.com)
> My plan was to have teachers field test the book in their classrooms to see
> how it might work with the curriculum; next, use their feedback to develop
> formal lesson plans/activity guides and assessments to go with the book;
> then tweak and reprint the book, if necessary - and, finally, market it as a
> package. Soon after the book was printed, family matters sidetracked me for
> several years, so I am just now in the curriculum development stage. (I do
> this in my spare time between contracts.) 
> Teacher and student response to the book has been very positive. Even
> without any current marketing, orders for classroom sets of books stagger
> in. Occasionally I am surprised by a package of art and letters from a
> classroom of kids who ask "is it really true?" and how they think the story
> should be made into a movie (really!) - actually, adult readers have said
> the same thing, but I've never done a screenplay before. But if Hollywood
> were to get involved with making ANY kind of coral reef movie, how about
> doing so with plans to develop educational materials to go with it? (BTW,
> are there currently materials to use with the IMAX production?)
> There is already a lot of good stuff out there, but where is it all, and how
> can we avoid unnecessary duplication? I would suggest organizing a
> coordinated, multidisciplinary approach to establish specific goals for
> public education. Take an inventory of what is already being done, who is
> doing it, and decide how these isolated projects can fit into a collective
> effort - then figure out where the holes are, and go from there. 
> Please don't hesitate to let me know how I can help.
> Best regards, 
> Cindy Shaw
> 177 Kranichwood Street
> Richland, WA 99352
> 509 627 3839 phone
> 509 627 0703 fax
> cindyshaw177 at hotmail.com

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