Learn how to explore with your PreK-12 students the “stuff” Americans use daily in one of the Secret Lives of “Stuff” graduate courses we offer during the year.
The products we use have life cycles. Materials are extracted and transported. Then products are manufactured, distributed, used and disposed of around the globe – including here at home in Iowa. Study how this “stuff” is a primary source of environmental problems.
Upper level students then can find solutions to the question: How do we reconcile our desire to consume with our desire for a healthy planet? The course includes individual and collective actions.
Course content is real and relevant. Materials introduced are interdisciplinary and classroom-ready. We have designed them so students learn essential skills and concepts from Iowa Core mathematics, literacy, science, and 21st Century Skills. Courses have great ties to the new science standards (especially Human Impacts on Earth Systems, Natural Resources, and Defining Engineering Problems).
We aim to model effective teaching strategies and introduce concepts and materials with passion, enthusiasm and honesty, challenging you to think critically. We also are committed to providing you with practical, engaging resources to help you pique your students’ curiosity, and to help them discover and be problem-solvers.
COURSES & WORKSHOPS OFFERED
Secret Lives of “Stuff” – Summer/Fall 100% online course (Contact Susan Salterberg, instructor, for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org.)
Registration opens Spring 2018
Secret Lives of “Stuff” – Spring 100% online course (January-April)
Registration opens Fall 2018
WHAT TEACHERS SAY
“…It is rare to enjoy a class as much as I did this one. Thanks for a high quality experience that was an instrument of positive change for me…”
“The students realized how much ‘stuff’ they really have, and how all that ‘stuff’ isn’t necessary in their lives.”
“This mini-unit was a hit with the sixth grade kids [as they]… proposed ways they could help make a difference in our school.”
“...the group from my school is using all the wonderful books and ideas we got last year from our class. It ties in very well with a unit in our reading series...we’re still waiting for [an advanced class]!”
Course information for participants currently enrolled in Secret Lives of "Stuff"