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Using Reflection Activities to Deepen Student Engagement
Holly Hughes, Edmonds Community College
Reflection activities on service-learning related to environmental restoration.

Bioregion Discipline: English, Biology, Interdisciplinary Studies
Bioregion Scale: Regional, Local Community/Watershed
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Promising Pedagogies:Civic Engagement & Service Learning, Learning Communities, Sense of Place, Promising Pedagogies:Reflective & Contemplative Practice

Don't Just Do Something, Sit There: Suggestions for Observing in Nature
Jean MacGregor, The Evergreen State College
A workshop for enabling students to sit quietly and observantly in the natural world.

Bioregion Discipline: English, Other, Biology, Interdisciplinary Studies, Environmental Studies
Bioregion Scale: Home/Backyard, Campus, Local Community/Watershed
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Promising Pedagogies:Reflective & Contemplative Practice, Sense of Place

Reading & Writing Poetry as Contemplative Practice
Holly Hughes, Edmonds Community College
These activities offer ways to incorporate contemplative practice into the teaching of reading and writing poetry, with specific handouts/assignments and sample poems provided.

Bioregion Discipline: English
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Promising Pedagogies:Reflective & Contemplative Practice, Sense of Place

Ecological Autobiography
Maureen Ryan, Western Washington University
The ecological autobiography is a multi-stage reflective and written exercise that draws on students' personal history and experiences as they consider the ecological context of some period of their lives. The goal is to individually and collectively explore how the landscapes and ecological communities we have inhabited influence us as individuals, set the context of our lives, and influence our expectations of landscape.

Bioregion Discipline: Interdisciplinary Studies, English, Environmental Studies
Bioregion Scale: Regional, Local Community/Watershed
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Sense of Place, Promising Pedagogies:Reflective & Contemplative Practice

Migration: An Empathy Exercise
Maureen Ryan, Western Washington University
Migration: An Empathy Exercise is a multi-step reflective exercise designed to build empathy and personal insight into processes of loss, change, and reconnection associated with the disruption of personal and cultural connections to landscape.

Bioregion Discipline: Interdisciplinary Studies, English, Geography, Environmental Studies
Bioregion Scale: Regional
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Sense of Place, Promising Pedagogies:Reflective & Contemplative Practice

Civic Stewardship and Interdependency: Rethinking Our Local Patterns of Consumption and Development
Tara DerYeghiayan Roth, Seattle University
This "Exploratory Essay" writing assignment asks students to acknowledge themselves as stakeholders in their communities, to take a closer look at the urban or suburban town they call home, and to re-examine notions of entitlement.

Bioregion Discipline: English
Bioregion Scale: Global, National/Continental
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Promising Pedagogies:Reflective & Contemplative Practice, Lifestyles & Consumption, Sense of Place

Critical Thinking on Sustainable Food Production and Consumer Habits
Michael Faucette, Seattle Central Community College
Students are assigned to research, write, take a position and present it on the complex issue of sustainable food production and consumer habits.

Bioregion Discipline: English, Environmental Studies, Interdisciplinary Studies
Bioregion Scale: National/Continental, Regional, Global
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Food Systems & Agriculture, Social & Environmental Justice, Lifestyles & Consumption

Phased Assignments in a Quarter-Long Argumentation & Research Course with a Sustainability Focus
Don Foran, Centralia College and The Evergreen State College
This teaching-and-learning activity is a phased process for developing a credible sustainability component in an Argumentation and Research course. The major assignment is a creation of an 8-10 page research paper in MLA format. All readings in this course are from the anthology, Listening to Earth (Hallowell and Levy).

Bioregion Discipline: English, Interdisciplinary Studies
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Sense of Place, Sustainability Concepts & Practices

Where/How Do We Live: The Power of Ads and Sustainability
Arlene Plevin, Olympia College
This writing/thinking activity invites students to consider the power of advertisements and how they live in the world. Beginning with deconstructing ads, this activity has students appreciating the power of visual rhetoric and what strategies might be employed to persuade them. Students consider the cultural milieu of ads and the concepts of sustainability they promote (or don't).

Bioregion Discipline: English
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Sustainability Concepts & Practices, Lifestyles & Consumption, Promising Pedagogies:Reflective & Contemplative Practice, Social & Environmental Justice

Interviewing the Past: Developing a Sense of Place through Oral Histories
Bob Abel, Olympic College
Local changes in climate, flora, fauna, and the human population can be anecdotally explored through interviews with long time locals.

Bioregion Discipline: English, Geography, Environmental Studies
Bioregion Scale: Local Community/Watershed
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Cultures & Religions, Sense of Place

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