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  • Lorelle VanFossen 12:05 pm on September 19, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: automotive, , chemistry, discussion, , faculty focus, , , inspiration, math, nursing, price tags, , psychology, , tasks, , teaching ideas, techology   

    Clark Faculty Ideas for Garbology Projects 

    Thank you to all who attended the Garbology workshop sessions during the Faculty Focus event on September 17. It was exciting to hear all the amazing ideas in and around Garbology that instructors are considering for their courses this year and next.

    Price tags from coffee mugs as art - Clark College Faculty Focus Collaborative Art.

    Price tags from mugs and cups became artwork – Collaborative art project with hosts of Clark Collage Faculty Focus Day

    Here are some examples:

    • Chemistry: Determine the gases like methane and heat in a landfill and calculate what it would take to set it on fire or cause an explosion.
    • Automotive: Increase student awareness of oils and toxic chemicals and metals in engines and the fact that Pacific Northwest orcas are dying from runoff from parking lots and brake pads and car washes, noting that the local Kaddy Car Wash facilities recycle their water.
    • Acting/Theater: They will be doing a 24 hour theater project from concept to production with an emphasis on garbology this year.
    • World Languages: Various uses of garbage around the world and their efforts.
    • Human Development: Career choices in garbage, trash, and their passion for garbage learned in classes using Garbology data and projects.
    • Nursing: Teaching students about the vast quantities of waste generated in hospital and care facilities, learning why as well as where it comes from and where it goes, and how they can help change the system.
    • Nursing: Soliciting hospitals and medical facilities for past expiration date products for student training use, then recycling or properly disposing of the materials so the hospitals can reduce their trash handling costs.
    • Math: Teaching students to read charts, graphics, and understand statistics.
    • Math: Using math, symbols, and English metaphors to represent the statistics and numbers such as “One out of every six big trucks in the US is a garbage truck. Their yearly loads would fill a line of trucks stretching halfway to the moon.”
    • Math and Science: Research the timeline from the data from the book to study the evolution and cultural development of garbage.
    • English: There were many ideas on metaphors, similes, comparative analysis, research, and argument possible with garbology.
    • Business: Incorporating the moral and ethical practices of waste management related to office papers, chemicals, etc., as well as exploring the economy and industry of trash.
    • ESL: Encourage students to share the story of trash and recycling from their countries and cultures.
    • Computer Technology: Not every class will find a connection, and web technologies is a difficult one, though some of the instructors are exploring the subject of e-waste, which represents 2% of America’s trash in landfills and equals 70% of overall toxic waste. And the WordPress class will be helping with the campus-wide sites supporting faculty and students on the subject.
    • Psychology: Hoarding, OCD, and other compulsive disorders that revolve around trash and cleanliness are being considered.
    • Sociology: The culture around our trash opened up many possibilities to explore.
    • Art History: Not just the history of using garbage and “found objects” in art, but the use of garbage as inspiration and creation.
    • Graphic Design: Garbage in art and garbage art, and influence of design in packaging, including recycling materials in products and packaging.

    These are just the tip of the landfill of ideas that came out during the four sessions and throughout the day. We’d love to have you share your ideas here or on the other posts labeled “Discussion.”

  • Lorelle VanFossen 2:43 pm on September 17, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: common read, discussion, experiences, lessons learned,   

    Discussion: Have You Participated in a Common Read Program 

    Have you participated in a Common Read program previously. Share your experiences and lessons learned.

    • Bruce Elgort 5:29 pm on September 20, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Never before for me.

    • Bruce Elgort 6:03 pm on September 21, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      At this point I do not. The speaker at Faculty Focus day was very inspiring and it helped open my eyes to a shared theme, such as Garbology. I am optimistic.

  • Lorelle VanFossen 11:44 am on September 17, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: classroom discussions, , discussion, , topics,   

    Discusssion: Are You Already Talking Trash 

    Are you ready covering topics related to garbage and recycling in your class? How?

    Discussing how you already incorporate trash talk, recycling, environmental, and economic impacts in your classes may help others understand how to include it in theirs.

  • Lorelle VanFossen 10:57 am on September 17, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , defense, discussion, , fallacies, , questions, , thesis,   

    Discussion: Three Questions About Garbology and Your Class 

    List 3 questions you will ask in your class to encourage discussion about garbology.

    EXAMPLE: English 101

    • What arguments do people make about waste?
    • What are the fallacies that people use to justify their response to garbage and recycling?
    • What is the thesis of the book?
  • Lorelle VanFossen 11:06 pm on September 12, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: discussion, garbage history, garbage psychology, , homework   

    Discussion: Where Does Garbage Come From? 

    In the book, Garbology, the introduction covers the mental illness and social stigma of hoarders and challenges us to consider where all this garbage is coming from, and how did it start.

    Americans make more trash than any other country or group on the planet, throwing away about 7.1 pounds per person per day, 365 days a year totally 102 tons of trash in a lifetime. This represents 50% more garbage per person than other Western economies.

    QUESTION: We’ve always had to deal with our trash, but what caused this issue to move from manageable to out of control. What do you think was to blame that turned us into hoarders and garbage generators? Would the psychology of hoarding be applicable to your class?

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