Green Teams

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改善(かいぜん)  -W. Edwards Deming

“We are here to make another world.”
-Solutions oriented learning requires:
1. collaborative planning, doing, and reflecting
2. willingness to take risks and learn from mistakes (start small and build on success)
3. creative and regenerative thinking
4. self discipline and individual mastery.

Weekly Green Team Group Work Time Procedures

1. Planning:  materials- notebooks and connection circle. Analysis of previous reflections. How are we communicating through mathematics, what are we increasing and decreasing?  How are we making our thinking visual and not just in our heads? Planning should be written and include labeled sketches. What are we going to accomplish today? (20 minutes)
2. Doing: implement group vision, build on success. Data is collected, measurements recorded on tables and charts, data is continually graphed showing trends patterns and trends and change over time, visual thinking is displayed. (80 minutes)
3. Reflecting: materials- connection circle and notebooks. How are we measuring our success over time? Are we making the greatest impact with the least effort? (leverage) What are we increasing and decreasing? Our feedback is both corrective and reinforcing. Assign homework; what do we need to be ready for next week?(20 minutes)

Go to:
PPS School Board Meeting May 6, 2013

Green Team Projects
Integrating Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM)
1. Aquaponics

– Nitrogen Cycle (monitoring pH, ammonia, nitrite, and nitrate levels)
– Biological Systems (fish, nitrosomonas, nitrobacter,  plants)
– Plant chemistry/needs, maintenance and continuous improvements
KATU NEWS Green Living: Aquaponics
Aquaponics Page

2. Locavore

– CSA’s, farmer’s markets, restaurants, garden to plate
– Fukuoka’s food mandala (eating local all year)
– net energy savings, positive environmental impact
Locavore Page
Food Handler Card
Please get your food handler card if you are interested in cooking in our cafeteria. The cost is $10 and the safety information will be very useful to us. -Mr. Thompson

3. Place Making
– Creating outdoor learning environments tapping into natural learning opportunities
– Creating indoor spaces conductive to creativity and team building
– Planning, designing, building…
Place Making Page

4. Waste Reduction
– Biomimicry- In Nature there is no waste
– Efficiency- both in terms of input (stock) and output (flow)
– Lighting and garbage bag inventory, reduction, and efficiency
Water Catchment Data Harvested water (gal) = catchment area (ft2) x rainfall depth (in.)  x 0.623 conversion factor

How much rain could Winterhaven’s roof capture in one year using Portland’s average annual rainfall of 37″?Waste Reduction Web Page

5. Composting/Vermicomposting
– Black Soldier Fly Larvae- cafeteria food waste reducers, leachate producers, food for fish
– Red Wiggler- soil builders and recyclers of fruit and vegetable scraps
Vermicomposting Page