Class Dynamics and style


I spent my last class period in Earth Shock studying my fellow students and how they react differently in this class setting compared to my Composition 250 class. The dynamics of Earth Shock mirror a typical class room setting. Students sit and zone out or play on their phones while the teacher lectures away. Despite the PowerPoint and videos, many people sit with blank stares on their faces or doze off throughout the lecture. With no stimulation occurring other than the dry voice of the ancient professor, students do not apply themselves or listen. The lecture might as well fall upon deaf ears. In addition to this every class period is the same. All students are expected to remain silent and pay attention to the same thing every day. Repetition like this is not only extremely boring but lazy on the teachers part.bored-class-average-teacherstudents_gather_in_a_circle

When you compare this class to composition 250 the similarities end at the school setting. I never know what to expect when I come into class. Every day is exciting, different, and sometimes even fun. I look forward to talking and having open ended discussions with my fellow classmates and even the professor. In this environment learning is a team effort almost a community rather than a prison. I don’t sit and watch the time go by in Composition because there is not time for me to even think about it. I am transfixed on the class and what my fellow scholars have to say instead of drifting in and out of consciousness. In addition to this fact having a class sit in a circle to talk openly establishes a sense of equality and team work rather than the traditional class room setting.

Climbing and its Effects on Natural Ecosystems


Climbing is becoming one of the most popular and exciting new forms of outdoor recreation. With its growing popularity many issues are beginning to develop concerning species that live on or near many of Americas most common climbing sites. Specifically, the Raptor Hawk is one of the most effected. Raptor Hawks will not return to their nest if it is disturbed or if they hear loud noises. In many cases the mother will abandon her nest never to return. Raptor Hawks have very sensitive senses and can detect the slightest disturbance in the environment.


In Sailing Hawks park, many people enjoy climbing and other various outdoor activities. However one large cliff which overlooks the area is off-limits to climbers because of the raptor hawks which nest there. Simple rules and regulations like these are essential for the climbing community considering its rapid expansion. It’s important for these rules to be respected in order to keep these species surviving well into the future.

Invading these areas could not only be deadly for the nest but also for the climber. Raptor Hawks are known to defend their nest if people get too close. Mothers are extremely protective of their young and could cause a climber to have a serious fall.

Raptor Hawks are not the only birds which are negatively effected by climbing. The Eurasian Eagle owl commonly nests in large cracks of rock. These are also golden spots for climbers to go, which in turn disturbs the mating habits of the owls. The Peregrine Falcons have also suffered decreasing populations due to climbing and people swarming their natural habitat. IMG_2626

Humans have messed with the natural ecosystems of different places around the world throughout history. This happened more and more as travel became easier and easier. Now people can brig with them invasive species from all over the world. People create a lot of issues for these natural ecosystems regardless of the fact that it’s typically unintentional.