Friday, April 30, 2010
Dear Fellow MACIMISERS,
WE DID IT! We finished our presentation and submitted our final research paper! It has certainly been a labor of love for me, not only because I did much research involving the mathematics of coconut weaving, but also because I got to learn more about my Chamorro culture and spend more time with my Mom, who is also a coconut-leaf weaver. What was supposed to be only 20 pages ended up being 61 pages long!
In light of our accomplishment, I dedicate this special Project MACIMISE cake (please see image above), JUST FOR YOU -- ALL OF YOU! It has been a wonderful and challenging journey for all of us, and I hope to work closely with you for the years to come, so that we can ultimately make a difference in the mathematics skills of our island's children. KUDOS TO ALL OF YOU!
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
Buenas! Would you believe that the countdown is here already? We have gone through so much and have completed countless of hours and days of research, interviews, exploration of the crafts, etc. The time has come for us to gather all our knowledge on mathematics in an organized and meaningful fashion, so I encourage you to go full force and don't look back, because the countdown will go by so fast! 5, 4, 3, 2......1! Good luck my fellow MACIMISERS!
Hafa Adai! I'm glad that I was able to complete my presentation titled, Using Coconut Weaving in Guam Classrooms to Improve the Mathematics Skills of Local Students. It was also wonderful to view and hear about the different indigenous cultural presentations that were shared tonight! Didn't you just love Rosa's singing of the CHamorita to end our night? I have learned from everyone of you, and I am grateful for the Project MACIMISE experience. Our children will be the ones to benefit from all the hard work we've put into our research.
Now that half of us have completed our presentations, it's now time to finalize our research paper! Remember to meet the deadline by Friday, April 30, 2010 by 5:00 p.m. I am confident that we can all do it! *Here's wishing all of you the BEST!*
Sunday, April 25, 2010
Hafa Adai! I have just received my second draft from Don, so the research isn’t over yet! I am now working on draft #3, and I'll be sure to add additional images he requested for each of the weaving crafts I listed in my research paper. The pandanus-leaf mat may be a bit challenging to provide visuals for, but I will certainly do my best, because I'm hitting for the "TARGET" in completing this valuable project. It has been a long journey for me, as I've immersed myself in the project, from interviewing, researching, learning the weaving craft, involving my students in the Chamorro artistry of weaving, completing drafts, and the list goes on. Nevertheless, all the hard work and diligence has enlightened me, as I've been able to connect with and learn more about my Chamorro culture, spend more time with my parents, and in particular, my mother, who is a coconut-leaf weaver and cancer survivor, and so much more! I truly hope to continue the Project MACIMISE journey for all 5 years, so that I can make a difference to ultimately increase the mathematics skills of our island's children. *Here's to the success of Project MACIMISE!*
Based on the research conducted, the researcher has concluded that coconut-leaf and pandanus-leaf weaving, if used effectively, has the potential to increase the mathematics skills of local students. It involves mathematics skills, such as addition, subtraction, division, patterns, even numbers, and odd numbers.
Figure 14. TINIFOK HAGON NIYOK (Coconut Leaf Weaving) by Antonia Castro
-------Decorative Weaving Crafts------
Figure 33. Creating Roses.
Julia Santos Naputi, coconut-leaf weaver,
holds a rose she weaved.
Figure 34. Creating Grasshoppers.
Julia Santos Naputi, coconut-leaf weaver,
holds a grasshopper she weaved.
Creating Buggy Whips/
Figure 35. Creating Buggy Whips/Centipedes.
Julia Naputi Rivera, granddaughter of
coconut-leaf weaver Julia Santos Naputi,
holds a buggy whip she weaved.
Figure 36. Creating Fish.
Julia Santos Naputi, coconut-leaf
weaver, holds a fish she weaved.
Saturday, April 24, 2010
Figure 18. Creating Mats.
Lois Taitano Gumataotao is pictured with
a pandanus-leaf mat she has used over
the years for resting, picnicking, and placing
Figure 19. Creating Bracelets.
Julia Santos Naputi, coconut-leaf weaver, is
shown wearing the bracelet she weaved. The
bracelet is on her left wrist.
Figure 20. Fruit Basket weaved by Robert
Source: Morrison & Healani (2000)
The above image is a screen shot of the Utilitarian Weaving Crafts I'll be presenting on April 28, 2010. Just in case you're unable to view the image, here's the description on the slide:
Coconut-leaf weaver Julia Santos Naputi
wears a coconut hat she weaved and
displays the other articles she weaved,
Figure 16. Creating Heabands.
Julia Santos Naputi, coconut-leaf weaver
Figure 17: Creating Fans.
Julia Santos Naputi, coconut-leaf weaver,
Cunningham (2010) further emphasized the importance of coconut weaving. "Coconut weaving is effective in teaching mathematics, because it addresses the number one problem with mathematics instruction. Mathematics should be taught with practical applications, then students understand why they need to learn mathematics. The students can see practical necessity for mathematics."
Guam has a rich heritage and tradition in folk arts, such as the art of coconut-leaf and pandanus-leaf weaving. For thousands of years Chamorros have used Guam’s abundant foliage to produce useful and unique items (Anderson, 2010). Although the Chamorro artistry of weaving is not used as much anymore, attempts to revive the art is currently being done by the Gef Pago Cultural Center in Inarajan, Guam and other local artists.
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
The researcher asked the following questions in her interviews:
1. Are you a weaver? If not, skip to question 4.
2. How long have you been weaving?
3. What crafts do you weave?
4. How long does it take to weave certain crafts?
5. Is there a pattern that must be followed in weaving? (eg. Counting by 3’s, 5’s, 8’s)
6. What math activities would you recommend for grades 1, 4, and 7?
7. Why is coconut weaving an effective activity for teaching math?
8. Why is coconut weaving important to our Chamorro culture?
9. What special message would you like to pass on to our people regarding the importance of coconut weaving?
Saturday, April 17, 2010
The research was conducted by interviewing indigenous coconut-leaf and pandanus-leaf weavers, as well as laborious reviews of offline and online published books and articles on the Chamorro culture. The researcher consulted with Chamorro teachers knowledgeable about weaving, a recognized Master Weaver, a researcher who has done extensive research in Chamorro history and has published several books on the Chamorro culture, and her mother who is a coconut-leaf weaver.
All the best,
Friday, April 16, 2010
The above image is a sreen shot of the introduction I'll be presenting on April 28, 2010. Just in case you're unable to view the image, here's the description on the slide:
My research paper describes selected examples of contemporary coconut-leaf and pandanus-leaf weaving in Guam. It will explore utilitarian items, such as hats, headbands, fans, mats, bracelets, and baskets, as well as decorative items, such as roses, grasshoppers, whips, and fish.
Once again, good luck to all of you as you finalize your research paper!
Thursday, April 15, 2010
Congratulations! Project MACIMISE was featured in the Spring 2010 Pacific Educator! Sandy's article was well written, as he described details of the project and its importance pertaining to mathematics, and more! View the article below or visit the following URL http://www.prel.org/products/paced/spring10/14_MACIMISE.pdf to view the article. BIBA PROJECT MACIMISE!
Sunday, April 11, 2010
Arceo, A. Personal INTERVIEW. 20 March 2010.
Female, age 42, Agat. Founder of Huråo Academy with 20 years of teaching Chamorro and expertise in Chamorro language and culture.
Bamba, J. Personal INTERVIEW. 14 March 2010.
Male, age 29, Agana Heights. Coconut-leaf and pandanus-leaf weaver of 15 years and translator for the U.S. Air Force and foreign language instructor for junior translators.
Cruz, J.A. Personal INTERVIEW. 12 March 2010.
Male, age 33, Mangilao. Coconut-leaf and pandanus-leaf weaver of 15 years and English instructor for the University of Guam’s TRIO Programs, Student Support Services.
Cruz, J.Q. Personal INTERVIEW. 12 March 2010.
Male, age 64, Barrigada Heights. Guam Education Policy Board member, former University of Guam President, retired UOG Administration and Supervision Program Advisor/Associate Professor.
Cunningham, L. Personal INTERVIEW. 22 March 2010.
Male, age 67, Agat. Researcher, educator, and author of ancient Chamorros and traditional navigation and seafaring.
Guerrero, A. Personal INTERVIEW. 20 March 2010.
Male, age 62, Chalan Pago. Chamorro teacher of 25 years with specialization in Chamorro culture and language.
Gumataotao, A. Personal INTERVIEW. 17 March 2010.
Female, age 43, Toto. Teacher assistant with specialization in cooking Chamorro food.
Gumataotao, L. Personal INTERVIEW. 15 March 2010.
Female, age 59, Agana Heights. Former administrator and ESL teacher in the Guam Department of Education.
Lastimoza, R. Personal INTERVIEW. 16 March 2010.
Female, age 46, Tamuning. First grade teacher in the Guam Department of Education.
Laguana, R. Personal INTERVIEW. 15 March 2010.
Male, age 50, Mangilao. Adminstrator for the Guam Department of Education Chamoru Studies Division with specialization in the following: Chamorro language, culture, history, translating, editing, transcribing, interpreting, and tour guiding.
Naputi, J. N. Personal INTERVIEW. 23 February 2010.
Male, age 59, Tamuning. Farmer, writer, and agriculturalist for over 50 years.
Naputi, J.S. Personal INTERVIEW. 6 February 2010.
Female, age 56, Tamuning, Coconut-leaf weaver with specialization in arts and crafts.
Rojas, D. Personal INTERVIEW. 17 March 2010.
Female, age 61, MongMong, Chamorro teacher in the Guam Department of Education.
Sablan, P. Personal INTERVIEW. 25 March 2010.
Male, age 46, Santa Rita. Coconut-leaf weaver, cultural tattoo artist, stone sculpture and body ornamentation (shell) specialist.
Salas, A. Personal INTERVIEW. 26 March 2010.
Female, age 52, Piti. Chamorro teacher with specialization in the Chamorro language and culture.
A Teacher's Math Prayer
Today's a busy day.
Please hear my Math wish.
In Math, I want to teach students
That bad deeds are reduced to their lowest terms
When good deeds are multiplied.
Give them the skills that will increase their knowledge
To understand that good things will come
If we add good routines and subtract the bad ones.
Help them to know that
For every action
There is an equal and opposite reaction.
That the grade they receive
Is dependent on their good deeds.
Enjoy the following historical pictures I discovered as part of my research on coconut weaving.
NOTE: Click on the images below to get a better view of the respective pictures.
Political Status Education Coordinating Commission (1994). Hale'ta, I Ma Gobetna-na Guam, Governing Guam: Before and After the Wars. Agana, GU.
Sunday, April 4, 2010
Introducing my Banana Puddings...
Introducing my Blueberry Muffins...