I have been thinking about an informative and humorous post by Sue Waters that started as a result of a Twitter conversation about Outback Steakhouse. Outback is an American steakhouse that promotes itself as having the Aussie culture. The tagline for their website is "Casual dining steak restaurants with an atmosphere suggestive of the rustic Australian outback."
I knew that Outback was nothing like Aussie, but I learned a lot in the post and in subsequent conversations. Learning about different cultures is fascinating to me and I thought it would be fun for readers to Comment some information about their hometown or area. Learning about each other is great fun.
Some suggested sharing items....
Favorite food or hangouts
What makes your area unique
Try to include a little about how school might be different/same
A saying or phrase that is unique to your area.
I will take all the comments and post them on Monday. My start is after the picture...
This is a picture from downtown Waterloo, IA, where I live. You may recognize the photo from similar video on CNN! I took it during the huge flood that raged through the downtown area a few weeks ago. The flood didn't reach my house, but it was within half of a mile. This bridge, and the other six across the river were closed for a few days. I took this picture on the day before it closed when I was out for a bike ride.
School in Iowa is based on four 45 day quarters (two semesters). Until this year, Iowa was the only state in the United States that didn't have state standards! In April, the legislature passed a law requiring schools to have a "Core Curriculum." Still a little different from what I understand of other states' curricula, there are only certain standards that schools must fit in...but schools may choose how they meet the standard.
We have the same fast food chains that most other metro areas have. I teach in Traer, which is about 22 miles south. In that town, there is only a bowling alley and two bars for restaurants!
My school is about 550 students in K-12. My teaches in Waterloo at the fourth largest school in the state, 1800 students in 9-12. Quite a contrast.
As far as a regional dialect, SOME people here (not me) say "Wash" and it sounds like "warsh". Similarly, creek, sounds like crick. We drink 'Pop' and not soda.
OK, so that is a starting place! What will you add?