I supervised lunchroom this week at W.S.Hawrylak, and a few students asked for a Ziploc bag to put their craft in from lunch, but I didn’t know where they were kept in the classroom so I couldn't give them bags. At recess, one student found a Ziploc bag on the playground and used it for her craft. She did this without any prompting by teachers or students that I know of. I thought this was a good step for a grade 3 student to be an active citizen in the community by picking up and reusing what she found that didn't belong on the ground. I think that if I wasn’t doing this pledge, I would not think highly of this student’s act.
Also, I took a walk around Wascana Lake with a friend during the Thanksgiving weekend and I picked up some of the garbage that was near the shore line. I held onto the garbage for about a block until I approached the next garbage can; it was almost inconvenient to pick it up. I came across this website about the psychology of why people litter and, turns out, it has to do with the distance away from a garbage can. Surprisingly, my friend did not judge my choice to pick up the litter because she also agreed that it made the area around the lake look better for viewers. This relates to an outcomes that I originally refer to in my first blog post:
DR6.2 (Dynamic Relationships Grade 6) - Analyze ways in which the land affects human settlement patterns and social organization, and ways in which humans habitations affects land.
Humans have affected the land in that we have made natural things, such as bodies of water, unnatural and interfere with them. If humans did not live all around Wascana Lake in Regina, there would be significantly less litter around the lake.
I noticed teachers picking up litter outside of Balfour Collegiate this past week, and I wondered why the students were not participating. Being an active citizen is easy to sluff off to someone else. For example, some people do not vote in the provincial elections because they think “well, he/she is voting so that’s good enough”. I hadn’t thought about this lazy attitude until this week driving by Balfour Collegiate. I can relate to this because I'm feeling that I shouldn't be the one to pick up litter from others, but I was motivated and encouraged when I saw Balfour teachers doing the same.
Unrelated to picking up litter, I donated to the Terry Fox walk when 2 middle years students rang my doorbell. My first question was if it was for W.S. Hawrylak, because it’s near my house, I work there, and I went to school there, so I may have been more willing to donate to a place that I am familiar with that has people that I know. I silently questioned myself right after I asked that because it doesn’t matter, and I donated anyways. I think being an active citizen by donating is difficult, because everyone values money, therefore, no one wants to give it away.