#7 Bite-size Pieces


This course gave me the opportunity to collaborate with fellow classmates in a real world situation, which I had not experienced before. At first the thought of managing and directing my own learning was scary since it was unfamiliar but over time it felt very natural to take responsibility for a project I am passionate about. Another important lesson that I want to take with me in life is being able to give and take beneficial feedback. I realized that it is important to understand that not everyone has the same morals and values when asking for someone’s feedback. People pick up on different things that they want to know about that would not seem obvious to some. In the future, I hope to collaborate with a group as student-teacher-learners because it’s important to take on different roles and responsibilities when tackling complex issues. I’m hoping to take these lessons with me when I go to college this fall as I study photography and entrepreneurship. I will be having classes with critiques and feel as if this process has given me a solid basis of what to expect in an environment of productive feedback.


Responsible & Involved Citizenship

Working in a group has always seemed appealing to me because I love hearing other people’s opinions and perspectives on topics that we are passionate about. My group’s teamwork, I believe, really pulled it together once we had all the pieces in place. Once we had all the interviewed filmed, we had to decide how to organize the film in order to tell a complete story. Google hangouts allowed us to have more of a real connection about how each of us were moving along, and we would always make sure to check in with everyone and end the call by saying what each of our next tasks were, which I found very helpful to know what everyone was up to and making sure it would all work out. Being a part of a documentary that is as relevant in our own community was really important to me, and I believe a lot of other people too. You were drawn to this topic because I could see it happening in our own local community and felt that I could do something about it with the right group of people. What’s the Story gave me the chance to feel like I was making a change.


Informed & Integrative Thinker

Food Insecurity and Food Waste has been a complex issue to face. Although most people and organizations will waste a bit of food each day, the numbers accumulate exponentially. We managed to organize our interviews into a film that tells a story through parts:  Food Insecurity; The Farm; The Market; Consumption; Solutions. I think this system works effectively with our film because it breaks down the complex issue into ‘bite’ size pieces that are easier to understand rather than all the information coming at you at once. Each interviewee had an important idea to share that as a whole makes the point. Afterwards, we realized that some interviewed fit better with others, and we had to work through why it mattered to the overall story.

Clear & Effective Communication

I was excited to learn that our group was asked to present our topic at Rutland High School. We came up with the presentation that we thought would be the best way to communicate to others about food insecurity and food waste. The presentation helped the kids learn about Act 148, which is the new recycling and composting law. Our group thought it was best to communicate with our audience through a website that includes our film and information about food waste and food insecurity. In this day and age, social media can bring our issue to the forefront faster than word of mouth. It’s important while working in groups to stay in touch consistently because it is easy to get sidetracked. I’m glad my group stuck together and had frequent google hangouts and slack conversations that made the process feel less stressful than it felt like in the beginning when we were just starting out.



Unexpected Learning

After a long day of working on our projects we would have lunch and dinners that mostly consisted of sandwiches and pizza. At this time our group would make sure to let everyone know not to waste so much food by telling others to try and compost as little food as possible by taking only as much as you think you would consume in the moment. By our May retreat our fellow learners knew how important it was to further validate what our group was trying to do. Which was to promote conscious eating habits in food waste. Years from now I will look back on this experience and remember that I took this course to get more involved with my community and get the chance to reach out and see what people were up to even outside of my group. Seeing people around the same age as me being passionate about a social justice issues only made me more excited to see everyone’s finished projects as it got closer and closer towards the end of the year.


I learned it’s okay to ask for help from group members when you are stuck on what to tackle next. I learned how to properly record footage and audio. I got practice on how to properly set up a video recording and rules of third. I learned how to cut and edit footage. I learned how to professionally email and set up an interview. I learned that background noise can ruin a recording. I learned how to improvise when I forgot the tripod stand. I learned that google hangouts might not always work out the way they plan. Craig and Lindsay helped us be more comfortable with our public speaking along with being able to get out of our shells and be more open with one another with trust exercises. I remember having someone guide me where to walk with my eyes closed, and I had to trust that they wouldn’t let me walk into someone. And another time when they had us stare into another person’s eyes without saying anything which made things very uncomfortable because it is such a vulnerable thing to do.


I am thankful for all the opportunities that I have gained from this course and all the people I have met. I am glad that I learned about food waste and insecurity and will do my best to inform people here and there about how to make smarter choices about waste.


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