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Reflections of participants in the 2009 Sustainability Decathlon

  •  How will you use your experiences after the Decathlon is over?

    Wednesday, Apr. 29, 2009
    I have more experience working with younger children, so this has given me more experience with an older age group.
    traceysm
  •  How will you use your experiences after the Decathlon is over?

    Wednesday, Apr. 29, 2009

    I think I will be able to use the experience that I have had mentoring the St. Lawrence students after the Decathlon is over in other areas of my life that I have to work with peers. I have a lot of experience working with younger kids in a leadership position, from being a nanny to teaching music lessons, but the only other experience I’ve had with peers was working with freshman in high school as a Peer Leader. It was a different experience because there was no common goal we were working for, so there was not a need for collaboration the way that the Decathlon requires. Working with students that are closer in age to me, and maintaining a relationship that is equal in sharing ideas and giving feedback is at times a challenge, because I do not ever want to seem condescending, but at the same time, I want to be thought of as a mentor. I think educating my peers about sustainability can be done in a way that does not have to make them feel as though they are being preached to. Keith Warner always quotes someone (I forget who) by saying, “if it’s not fun, it’s not sustainable,” and I think that is a good mantra to have when trying to reach a group of people that may have mixed behaviors and ideas about the importance of sustainability.

    rosesm
  •  Ideas for next year's Sustainability Decathlon

    Wednesday, Apr. 29, 2009

    I unfortunately have been unable to meet with my team yet this quarter. We really didn’t have much time when you factor in spring break for them and other scheduling issues. For next year however maybe there are a few things we could try to help prevent similar situations. Perhaps on the first day when we decide which mentor teams the newbies are going to join we could do it in a slightly more organized fashion. We could have all of the mentor teams write what day they currently meet with their group. Then the new folks could choose accordingly. I know we tried that a little this year but I think we need to remember that the groups might not be able to change the date they are currently meet because they have scheduling issues of their own. Other than that I think it is just going to have to be an obstacle that the new folks are going to have to deal with. Maybe there could be some additional roles for the new folks that are having trouble getting with the groups. For example helping organize some more of the Santa Clara side of the decathlon. Either way, I still feel like it is great experience.

    kevinsm
  •  How will you use your experiences after the Decathlon is over?

    Wednesday, Apr. 29, 2009
    Something else that Rose and I talked about is neither of us has ever really worked with kids closer to our age. We both have worked with very little kids often but have never worked with people within two or three years of our age.
    katherinesm
  •  How will you use your experiences after the Decathlon is over?

    Wednesday, Apr. 29, 2009
    I'd definitely like to apply my experiences to help get my friends involved in sustainability. I'm mostly interested in finding ways to get them motivated, which wasn't really a problem with the students at Wilcox.
    katesm