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A Post About Oregon


My PLP 8 cohort recently completed a field study in Oregon. How exciting! It was really cool to travel around as a class and learn about all the amazing places we saw.

While we were in Oregon we had an assignment to complete. We had to make a book about all the different places we visited. It had to include photos, videos, drawings and text to describe the experience.

Here is a slide show with the pictures from all our activities. We had a pretty busy trip, so you may be here a while!

  • DAY 1: We visited the Dismal Nitch, where Lewis and Clark camped by the Columbia River. 

  • We crossed the Columbia River, and entered Oregon!

  • We climbed to the top of the Astoria Column. It was really high!

  • DAY 2: We visited Fort Stevens, the only place in North America that was attacked during WWII, other that Pearl Harbour. 

  • We went zip lining. It was so much fun!

  • Dinner at Nisa’s Thai Kitchen. They served beef – on fire!

  • DAY 3: At the Columbia River Maritime Museum. We learned at lot about the Coast Guard. 

  • We went to the Tillamook Creamery. Thank goodness for free samples! Yum. 

  • Nya and Annie goofing in our yurt. 

  • DAY 4: We started the day off right with a little crab racing. 

  • Me holding a sea urchin in our Animal Adaptations course at the Hatfield Marine Science Center. 

  • The class constructed a whale skeleton. 

  • DAY 5: My group and I constructed an R.O. V. that collected metal objects from the bottom of a tank. 

  • The Tsunami Machine at the Hatfeild Marine Science Center’s Visitor Center. 

  • A very active octopus greeted us at the Visitors Center. 

  • We saw the lighthouse at Yaquina head. It was a really nice day, and we got lots of great photos!

  • At Beverly Beach we watched a beautiful sunset. 

  • DAY 6: All my yurt mates! 

  • When we went to Newport Bay we learned all about the fishing industry!

  • There were lots of sea lions relaxing in the sun! They’re noisy and stinky, but fun to watch!

  • Our teachers surprised us with a stop at John’s Incredible Pizza Company! I played lots of Crossy Road. 

  • DAY 7: We stopped at Northwest Trek on our way home. This eagle liked to have his photo taken!

  • Our final stop was lunch at Golden Corral. They had a fancy chocolate fountain. 


For this field study, we had a driving question:

How did you persist and manage your impulsivity on this field study in order to question, think, and work interdependently to complete your project and enjoy yourself?

So, to answer the question:

I was persistent on this field study in a couple of different situations. A great example that kept popping up throughout the trip were quests. Quests are like big scavenger hunts where you make your way through a town following a set of clues to find the end, where you achieve bragging rights. My quest group struggled a lot at the beginning, and sometimes thought of just giving up and heading back to our base. But when we persisted, we were able to make it to the end of two of the quests.  I’m proud that we kept going even when we were discouraged and couldn’t figure out a clue. Another demonstration of persistence for me was when I was building an R.O.V. with my group. We had trouble fitting the parts together, and protecting the propellers. We kept at it, and made a great, easily maneuvered R.O.V. that met the challenge of picking up items from the bottom of a tank. I think that I did a pretty good job demonstrating persistence throughout this trip.

Managing Impulsivity
I did fine when managing my impulsivity on this field study. I’m not usually a super impulsive person on principal, so this wasn’t too much of a problem for me. I do struggle with one aspect of impulsivity control though: a lot of the time in groups I have to resist the urge to take over and boss everyone around. I only figured this out about myself about a year ago, and I’ve been working on it ever since. We had a lot of group work on this trip, so I had many opportunities to practice. For example, while my group was building and R.O.V., I wanted to take over and be the dictator of the entire project, but I let others work on it as well. Same with quests: I resisted the impulse to run off by myself, and instead worked with my group. It actually is a lot better that way: everyone has something to contribute, and after all, teamwork makes the dream work!

Question, Think, and Work Interdependently
I must admit that I’m not a huge fan of group projects. I do try to include people and share my own ideas when I am working on them, though. Of the many group projects that we did, the one where I think that I worked the best with my group was one that I haven’t mentioned yet: the crab races in our ‘Speedy Science’ workshop at the Hatfield Marine Science Center. I worked with Kate, Indira, and Erin to test out whether green crabs or purple crabs were faster. (Hint: it was the purple crabs.) We all shared ideas, and everyone adopted different roles during the experiment,  with Indira timing, Erin filming, and Kate and me placing crabs on the racetrack. We made a great team, and our project went well! It always pays off to listen to and appreciate everyone’s ideas and comments.

Whew! That was a big driving question.

Well, that’s it for me! I think I’ll go to sleep now. Goodnight!


Evelyn 👩🏽‍🦱


  1. Sara Gianacopoulos

    January 25, 2022 at 4:45 am

    Hi Evelyn,
    I am an emotional support teacher at a middle school in Pennsylvania. I think that your journaling post was well thought out and interesting. This is a great example of how to incorporate blogging in my middle school classroom. I think it is so important for students to reflect and the photos you added just made everything come to life. You have inspired me with your great example of using blogging in the classroom. Thank you for sharing!

    Below is a link to my blog

    • Evelyn

      January 25, 2022 at 1:02 pm

      Hi Sara!
      Thanks for your wonderful and friendly comment! I’m glad you enjoyed my post, and that it can be helpful for your class. I wrote this post a little over 2 years ago; I definitely see many ways that it can improve now that I have a bit more experience with writing and using media, but I agree that photos are a great way to document experiences.
      Have a lovely day, and I wish you and your class the best!

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