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David Sobel, Antioch University Department of Education, is a pioneer philosopher and teacher of Place Based Education. In this landmark essay, “Beyond Ecophobia,” from a 1995 issue of Orion Magazine, he outlines some of the successes and failures of our attempts at creating environmentally literate students. He later developed his research and analysis into the literacy series of the same name as well as other place-based works such as Map Making with Children, Know Nukes: Controversy in the Classroom, and Childhood and Nature.
As you know from our work last week, the mid-term project is a portfolio which demonstrates our learning from semester 1. In addition to the work you have collected(component 1) and the reflections that you have written (component 2), there is a “game-day assignment” (component 3) which should add to the overall presentation and wholeness of your portfolio. Just a reminder, the game-day assignment is the only piece that needs to be done on the day of the exam. Component 1 and 2 should be complete before coming to the mid-term exam period, however as they are a larger portion of your grade, you are free to continue work on component 1 and 2 during the exam session. Check out the portfolio project for more details. The assignment sheet outlines the requirements for your portfolio as well as how your portfolio will be assessed.
Mid-Term Portfolio Project
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Welcome back! We have just one full week(next week) before mid-terms. This week we will be talking about the importance of “the un-examined life.” We will be discussing Plato’s Allegory of the Cave and watching The Truman Show. The idea of truth and investigation will frame our work for the next week, creating our mid-term portfolios. Please check back soon for more information and resources to use in reflecting on your learning and creating a portfolio for semester 1.
Here we go folks. One week till winter vacation and we will be wrapping up our energy case studies. At this point in the current case study, your group should be done the with the background (history of energy use in the United States), the issues/conflicts (largely peak oil and exponential energy use), and should have started working on the challenges for the future. We will review existing plans to mitigate energy conflicts and begin crafting action plans this week. Each group’s plan may look a little different, as each of you have chosen to focus on a different element of our current global energy crisis. In crafting your action plan, remember to make specific references to the proposed or attempted solutions. Weigh in on the benefits and limiting factors to these ideas and discuss specifically what your group recommends and why you recommend this.
This week we begin our second round of case studies! We will talk about how humans use energy, though our discussions will mostly revolve around one of the biggest controversies of our time, “peak oil.” What is peak oil? Is it a myth? How much energy do we really use, and what is the most sustainable way to plan for our energy future?
Week 2 of our industrial foods unit. We’ll be learning more about each of the issues that we brainstormed after finishing the documentary Food Fight. We’ll work on our case-study portfolios for sustainability issues. Remember to e-mail Mr. Des Marais at email@example.com to schedule time to meet if you need extra help. Also, do not forget to get any late work turned in if you still want full credit!
Welcome back folks! I hope you had a restful and enjoyable break. This week in C.S.C. we are going to finish our asset maps and reflections, and share some of the community assets that we believe are vital to a sustainable community. We will conclude the week by introducing our case study portfolio assignment. We will begin with “food,” a case study that intersects all levels of community, and frankly an issue that is impossible to avoid as a human living in communities. Check back soon for details and downloads.
Please enjoy your time with friends and Family!
We’ve got a short week this week. we will be working on wrapping up the community asset mapping assignment. When we return from break, we will begin to learn about case studies Remember your brainstorm of community challenges? Case studies will be the format which will allow us to take a closer look at some of the challenges facing our communities.
We are continuing our reading of Ishmael this week. As we listen to the audiobook, we will continue to discuss some of the big ideas of the novel, as well as taking notes as a group. Please look below our class’s updated notes on google docs.
The Novel’s Big Question So Far: Are we captives of a system that forces us to destroy our world just to get by?
- Check out our Class’s Cooperative notes on Google Docs!
- Please see Mr. Des Marais for a copy of the book if you will be out. In addition, you can get the audiobook from the library.
- Always take advantage of every opportunity at your disposal. Feel free to check out the Cliffs Notes and to ask questions as early and as often as you need assistance!
- Please do not hesitate to e-mail me at any time at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Where do we come from? Where are we going? Are we going to get there?
This is it! Ishmael…. We will be tackling some of the biggest and most long-standing philosophical questions of our species. We’re going to encounter different opinions of what is happening on our planet and we will begin to dissect the ideas of the book, the author, and our class.
We will be using cooperative notes and a “red light, green light” strategy in order to stay on the same page, ensure that we are all contributing to our overall understanding of the book, and collect and maintain ideas and questions that will follow us through our study of creating sustainable communities.