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the cookie orchard

Megan Betz

The twelve students worked through Ostrom's eight principles for successful common pool resource (CPR) management & created the rules for their chocolate chip cookie orchard, a renewable resource with significant yields. They created a democratic process that would result in punishments for over-consumers and leave enough cookie left over for a second harvest. The result? Five cookies shared; one used for future plantings. And strict sanctions on their community membership. Weren't in class today? Well, no share in next week's harvest. Took more than your share? You're putting in extensive work to earn back your right to participate. Took more than your share again? You're suspended. Strike three, you're out. For good.

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class planning

Megan Betz

This semester, I'm teaching the first course for which I've determined all content and class structure. While teaching English in France, I created my own lesson plans, but my role was to support the content of the other half of the course. Now, fully on my own, I almost didn't know where to begin. The course, G306 (a topics course on community gardens & community orchards), is a second eight-weeks class that meets for 2.5 hours at a time. How do you keep undergraduates engaged, eager, and challenging their own perceptions? What's the best balance of reading and other forms of content? How do I not just spend most of the time clicking through pun-filled PowerPoint slideshows?

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