1) What is the coolest thing you learned about your classmates? What made it cool?
First off I kind of hate using "cool" as an adjective, so I'll keep it out of this. I thought the best thing I heard was that one kid co-owned a store with her aunt. I think it's a wonderful thing when a kid and an adult relative so something like that together because it shows they have an interest in common. It's also good to see that kind of relationship because I think relationships between kids and their grownups should be cooperative and not adversarial. I was also impressed that a couple of them are able to build things and sell them. I guess the only reason is that I wish I could do that too, got a little jealous. Maybe they should have a class dedicated to building and scripting at Oceanside.
2) What are your hopes for this class? What do you hope to learn about Egypt?
I hopes we can cover a lot of different aspects of this subject. I would like to learn about their religion and also how their society was structured. For example how were the state and religion related? What was the class structure and who had the power?
I also want to learn about what they accomplished scientifically and how they applied it to things like building the pyramids. You might be able to sneak a geometry lesson in when you talk about the pyramids. I'll probably think of some other stuff as we go along.