The task was ostensibly simple: Take my bags out of the kitchen cabinet and count them; you do the same thing. And together, we form a massive pile of plastic bags.
Executing this task, however, was anything but easy. It took me eight months of hard work (i.e., writing, presenting, practicing, planning, ordering) to implement this collaborative event.
But, we did it. My students and I transformed this idea into reality. Starting from zero, we began with a clean slate:
Then we pitched the first set of bags into the container:
Just moments later, we had a small pile of bags:
In one hour, we tallied and pitched 14,640 plastic bags into the container:
At 2pm, we tallied and pitched 53,712 plastic bags:
At 4pm, the final count was 72,571 bags:
Now that BagFest is over, was it worth all the effort?
Some of my students thought so, but not everyone thought this project was worth the effort. One of my students wrote in my teaching evaluation that "many students dreaded attending class because it was a constant state of pretending to be enthused about recycling and making BagFest a success."
Yeouch, that hurts.
But isn't it unreasonable to think all of my students would consider this to be an important project? I certainly had my goals outlined for everyone, but I recognize that what's important to me may not be important to you.
So, I'd really like to know: What's important to you?