Fun Stuff Challenge!
MPC Personnel wrote these at the beginning of the Spring 2013 semester as a fun activity to reflect on written communication and those students for whom English is not their first language. If you would like to write one, please use the Up-Goer Five text editor and then send the product to Fred. http://splasho.com/upgoer5/
|I work at the computer all
day making the world look pretty by taking pictures and putting
words around them. I make it so people can sign up for classes and
find out things they want to know. I make their eyes feel happy. If
people like what they see they see, they will be students here and
they will know everything they need to know.
Jeanette Haxton, Office of Public Information
|I help people when they are
hurt, sad, or want to know more about bad things in your body. When
people are hurt I fix them. When people are sad, I make them happy.
When bad things are in your body, I help them understand why they
are bad and what they can do to make them go away. Smiles are the a
good way to fix some of these problems.
-Kelly Eyler, Health Services Specialist
|My job using only 10
hundred words: Students want to learn about computers.
I help them. Our school has lots of computers for students to use. I set up the computers before classes begin. I fix the computers when they break. I help the students when they can't make the computers work. I help the students when they don't understand what their teachers want them to do.
I listen when students lose hope and want to throw a computer out the window. I try to talk them out of it.
-Steve Bruemmer, Instructional Technology Specialist
|I show people how to do the
art of making pictures. The first thing we learn are the ways to
make pictures and how to use a box to make pictures. We learn how to
open the box for the right time using a small opening and how big to
make the opening. The next thing that we do is look at lighting and
the way the picture is seen. Then we find what each student wants to
say with their pictures. This can be something the student can do
all their life. The person making pictures can look at their world
through this box and use it to say ideas about the world.
-Kevin Bransfield, Photography Instructor
|In my classes, I share a
"so see oh lot sick all" way of looking at the world, through step
by step focus, a bright way to study the things that people do and
say, alone or in groups, at home or in the streets, in seats of
power, or in kept positions, the what, the how many, the how and the
why, and the ways that these all fit together. The numbers are very
important, as are the words. Noticing the arms and roads between the
one and the many, this way of seeing shows us we both make and are
made by the world. One line of study looks at what people believe,
and what is thought to be normal, to understand those who follow
orders, and those who do not. Another points light at the memory and
lived ways of race, class, man, woman, children, money, love, hate,
help, hurt, think, and act, so that we can consider how these forces
make all human lives share some things the same and others
different. This way of seeing cuts through the known, and leaves the
old ways and the now ways clear and understood. Because this way of
seeing and studying questions the way things are, some may be
scared, especially those who run the biggest control houses, on top
of the larger world of very, very big money, built and kept over
others through bad power. This is a key question: why, knowing what
we know, we accept business as usual? The round ball we live on
wonders, as do the other animals still here with us, the trees that
remain, lands where now there is only smoke, the big waters that may
have no little animals left by the time you read this. The two out
of three people on this blue ball that live on less than ten pieces
of money a day quietly wonder, but sometimes many fight back against
the hurting ways of those at the top. The one hundred people in the
world with the most money could, all by themselves, end the world of
no food for others four times over, but they do not. This way of
seeing shows why, and offers directions for change. I love to share
this way of seeing, as it offers much hope for the new world we must
find, before it is too late for everyone. Serious, and fun, with
light and force, this way of seeing knows, if we study carefully and
hold up the truth, it may be that a change is going to come. This
way of seeing can open the doors, but people must each decide to
-Anthony Villarreal, Sociology Instructor
|I am a person who worked at a
college. I worked with numbers. I worked with other people in a
office. We all worked with numbers in one form or another. We try to
keep things in order and not show bad numbers. We worked with
students who come by to pay or pick up money so that they can get
their schooling done. My job is to make sure people use their money
in the way they should and not go crazy. I enjoy my job.
-Linda Martin, Fiscal Department
|I am done working. I used
to work but I finished. Now I like to take pieces of pretty little
things and put them together in a pretty way with a big white thing.
It is lots of fun. I also like to read books and to walk to the
place where the land and water meet.
-Nancy Goering, Retired Business Instructor
|I work in a building that
is full of books and computers. i work with people who are bright
and we all work hard to help students learn how to find stuff for
studying and learning and also how to decide if what they find is
true or if it is just stuff someone made up. I have the best job of
anyone at our school and that is the truth.
I wonder about the way students are learning and what things will be like in 20 years if things keep on as they are with people not learning to think or ask questions...if people just accept what is told them as true and don't learn to think about the possible ways they might be getting lied to, in another 20 years it will be hell. Can't see or can't think? Does not matter, either one sucks.
-Stephanie Tetter, Librarian
|My job is to show students
how to help doctors. The students get to pretend that they are in a
doctor's office and do everything that would happen there.
Sometimes, they do work on paper. Other times, they use computers to
type things, like a sick person's story. They always have to wonder
what a doctor might want to do to help a person get better and get
things ready for that. The students also learn how to give each
other shots, clean out each others ears and many other things that
they would do with a sick person or someone getting a check up. They
learn about the body and what can go wrong with it. They have to
work in a team and they really have to get good at talking and
listening to other people. It is a fun job. Most students really
like it and that makes me happy.
-Monika Bell, Medical Assisting Instructor
|What happened in the past
and the agreed upon story written down about the past are two very
different things. To learn the about both the past and the agreed
upon story we look at written down words, pictures and things made
in the past and try to understand stories made about them and why
some stories are agreed upon and some stories are not. We use
written down words, pictures and things in the past to understand
the stories written down, why they might be different and how to
write stories of our own and what makes them true. How do stories
about the past change over time? What makes the stories change? What
stories have we missed? Why? What can both the missed stories and
the agreed upon stories tell us about us, our long ago families and
families not yet here? The answers to these questions change us,
make us pay attention and see the world around us in new ways.
-Elizabeth Mullins, History Instructor
|I get people to learn about
the round thing we live on. The round thing looks like a ball and
flies around the sun. They learn about both the rocks and the water
on our round thing. The rocks and water make it possible for life to
happen on our big round thing. The problem is that the rocks are
slowly moving and breaking up into smaller pieces. People don't like
it when the rocks they live on move around and break up into smaller
pieces. What will happen to us in the coming years? The only way to
tell is to figure out what has happened in the past years. This is
hard to do with rocks. But they tell their story if we ask them in
the right way. The rocks tell us that some of them are very very
old, older than we can even dream about. They have also moved around
a lot and have been broken up into little pieces and then put back
together in many different ways. People who learn love these
stories, and are able to better decide what to do in the coming
-Fred Hochstaedter, Earth Science Instructor
|I sit at a desk in an
office at a college and help students and teachers meet for class.
My biggest work is to help the teachers plan their classes, make
sure all the facts about the places and times to meet are right and
then help students find the classes they want to take. I sit at a
computer most of the day since that is where the class ideas are
stored. I do many more things in my office to help students get the
learning they are looking for, because I like to help people and
that is what my work is about, helping and I like to learn so I like
working at a college.
-Barbara Smallwood, Creative Arts Division Office Manager
|What do I do? I do what is
needed to get the job done. This is the way I think and I wish more
people here thought the same way. I am a team player and always
happy to help. I join groups of people and take minutes of very long
conversations, then I have to type those minutes and place them
where they can be read. When I am not taking minutes, I plan lots of
times that people can meet to have conversations. I also put
together big, long papers that people use or maybe they do not use
because the paper is too big. I am told that people from outside of
here like to look at these big papers to make sure we are doing what
we say we are doing. There are many people who come to me and ask
for my help and think that I know what the answers are. There is
more that I do, but I have to go back to work now.
-Leslie Procive, Administrative Assistant to the VP of Academic Affairs
|I help people find good
people to do work in the college. Then I help these good people be
happy at work. I tell them about the cool stuff we have and how it
can help them have a better life. The good people then do a good job
to help our students and the students become the good worker of
tomorrow. I also help people follow the right way to get stuff done.
I tell them when they do things wrong and remind them of how to do
it right. I also remind them to remember to do normal stuff they
have to do, like making sure people are doing good at work and
sending in stuff to me. Sometimes people don't do the right thing
and it causes problems. I have to help them sort it out and make
things right again.
-Kali Viker, HR Analyst
|I help students get money
for school. I do this by showing students where the money comes
from. My job is to get people with money to give that money to those
who need it. I find money for students who have parents who do not
make much money, students who do really well in their classes,
students studying important fields, and even students who are
starting over in life. I enjoy my job because I get to meet
different people with different ideas and different problems. I like
to help people use their ideas to get them what they want. There are
some students that are not able to get their money for school as
easily as others. It could be that the student has taken too many
classes, or that their parents make too much money but do not share
that money with the student, or that the student does not have
papers. These students need different ways to get their money. That
is when I need to use my training to find them different ways of
getting paid. My job also has me answering phone calls, helping
students face to face, meeting with other people at the college, and
keeping track of all the money coming and going.
-Danielle Hodgkins, Student Financial Services Coordinator
|I help people understand
the world. The living world is made up of land and water, so to
understand the world you need to know what is happening in all that
land and water. There are living things and not living things that
all work together to make up the world as we know it. That is what
we study together. To understand the living world is to also
understand us. We are all part of this amazing and interesting
place, and we are all better off if we get that and act like it. I
also help people learn to ask questions. Asking questions allows us
to find our own edges and then move past them. It frees us from
being still and lets us move to a better place.
-Kevin Raskoff, Biology Instructor
|Some people say I just help
people find books. It is true that I work in a place with many
books, but my job is so much more than that. The world is full of
ideas, and I help people learn how to find the most important ideas
for answering questions they have at any given moment, no matter
what area they want to know about or whether the idea is in a book
or somewhere else. Ideas have power: I show people how to find ideas
that will help them with college, their jobs, or their lives. I help
people learn to take the ideas of other people and use them to build
their own ideas. I like to think that I help people learn to better
understand the world around them.
-Catherine Webb, Librarian
|Numbers and letters can be
used together is many ways. In this class we will study their use to
find the answers to problems made up of letters and numbers. In some
problems you will put them together in ways that will take a large
group and make it into a smaller group. In other problems you will
find the number or letter that makes the problem true. Some problems
made up of numbers and letters can be made into pictures. Some
pictures are just straight lines. Other pictures are lines that
begin by moving down the picture and then turning and moving up the
picture. No wonder the study of numbers and letters used together is
so hard for students who only know a small number of words!
-Bob Evans, Math Instructor
|I teach people how to see,
how to feel and how to think. I teach people to believe in
themselves and how to share their ideas with others. In my classes,
students learn about how to make things and express themselves. They
also learn how other people make things and express themselves. I
teach people how to use many different things like paint and paper,
to make works that express* their ideas.
*express is not on the list, but expression is. Does it count?
Notice the words NOT on the list: art, artists, communication, language, appreciate, creativity, skill. I could have done this exercise very easily if I my job is to teach people how to shoot guns!
-Robynn Smith, Art Instructor
|Some people think I just
help people get classes or fill out forms. Some of my family think I
fix the world’s problems or the people who cause problems in the
world. I think I love my job and the people I have in my job, in the
seats of the class and the people who help learn the people in the
seats. After they leave this school, they may or may not go to
another school but I believe they have learned how to be good at all
the new exciting things they have learned.
-Kelly Fletes, EOPS Counselor
|I show people how to make
things fit in a space--home or office--and how to use those things
well, while also making sure that those things look the way they
want them to look--cool.
-Sunshine Giesler, Interior Design Instructor
|I sometimes go in 'boats'
and use 'technology' to listen to how the different types of rocks
appear to be. If you study this, you can learn about the rocks in
the past and that helps in understanding what we should expect
happening next. I have also started working in a College last year.
I explain students things like rocks, what we can learn from them,
why they are where they are, and how we can make sure our little
round blue thing where we live on stays well for a long long time .
-Ana Garcia-Garcia, Earth Science Instructor
|I study small waves that
form in small pieces of rock under moving water. If the water is not
deep and moving fast these waves will form small waves at the top of
the water as well. Because the water is not deep and moving fast the
small pieces of rock are added to the side of the under water wave
that faces the moving water and taken away from the other side. This
makes the under water wave move in a direction against the direction
that the water is moving. The waves at the top of the water move in
this direction as well. As the waves at the bottom of the water
move, they also build up. The waves at the top of the water also
build up until they break. The moving water sorts the small pieces
of rock in to groups of like small pieces of rock. Because the water
is not deep, and moving fast these groups are different than groups
formed by deeper and slower moving water. By looking at old groups
of small pieces of rock, you may be able to tell if the moving water
that they formed under was slow and deep or not.
-Tom Clifton, Earth Science Lab Manager
|I explain to my family how
much money they can spend. Sometimes our interests are the same and
sometimes they are different. In the end, we always agree because
our interests are not really that different. We are here to help
students learn so they can make better lives for themselves and
-Steve Ma, VP of Administrative Services
|We help people fill jobs,
find jobs and keep jobs. We help the people who work here understand
the things that help them and keep them happy. Sometimes people do
not do what they are supposed to and then we have to tell them that
too, but not very often. We tell them how much they get paid; we
make sure they get their visits to the doctor paid. We answer lots
of questions for people all day long. If you work here you know at
least one of us. If you visit us you can have something sweet to
eat. We would like to see you or talk to you or write to you if we
can help in any way. We try to always smile.
Barbara Lee, Dean of Human Resources, representing all HR Staff
|I work at a college and as
a teacher I present ideas to anyone serious about a way to make life
better and not worse for themselves. They can use these ideas to get
a good job and make more money. It is especially sweet when they
share these ideas with others to make life better. I really enjoy my
work and the fly people and students that I work around all day.
What more can anyone ask for in life... a good job, good people, and
most important good students.
-Larry Walker, Dean of Student Services
|I talk to people about
words. Some people need to read a book but do not know the words in
the book, so I help them learn the words. Sometimes they know the
words but are not be able to find the idea in the words, so I help
them learn how to find the idea. Other people need to write an idea,
but they have no idea. Or they have an idea, but they do not know
the school words for it. Or they know the school words, but they are
not able to put them together to tell an idea. So I help them learn
how to find an idea in real life and then tell the real-life idea in
school words. This is all hard work for both of us if that other
person thinks in words and ideas that come from another land,
because it means the person must hear and say and read and write
every single word of every single idea in two different ways,
quickly. But the hardest part of this job is to help people learn
how to make words tell an idea, because to talk about that we must
use words about words. Words about words are all school words; no
one ever uses them in real life. People wonder why they need those
words, and sometimes they act as if it were my fault.
-Skip Seibel, ESSC Instructional Specialist
|I get to work with others
and give a voice to teachers that help them do what they do best. I
look at courses, approaches, teams, and different ways we can use to
build up learning. Teachers have good ideas and help us find ways to
make learning work and they care very much about students. I help
people think, have conversations, and use every idea possible to
grow learning in our college and all around us. I lead groups that
talk with others, drawing on different ways of looking at learning.
We work on how we can help one another make learning better.
I work with people such as in Cities and State Offices and with important people that decide about big things. Sometimes they come up with directions for us to follow and then these directions change. We fix things to work with the new directions. We write long, long stories to tell the important people about how we meet the directions. We work with the ideas, what they mean to us, come up with ideas of our own, and hope the new directions make learning better. We fill papers with our ideas and keep track of them in very big boxes of papers. We pay the important people so they can read these and check to see if we have followed directions.
I bring people together to give learning a wide voice and build ways to make learning better around us, across the state and around the world. We come up with plans to help us better decide what to do for the many years ahead. Together we hope to build a better world by helping more people learn and learn well. At the end of the year, students dress in college red or white and come in long lines to get a paper from me and the other guys. The paper shows they learned something. The students leave with a very big smile on their face.
-Celine Pinet, VP of Academic Affairs
|I show and tell students
about matter. Matter is anything that takes up space and can be
light or heavy. In my class we learn new ways to name matter and how
to order matter by its different forms. We also look at how matter
can be changed from one form to another and also to find out how hot
or cold matter can be when it changes from one form to another. We
look at how light can excite matter and how matter can give off
light if it is excited. We use computers to see the situations that
matter can be in; whether it is round or straight or has some other
area in space. We look at how matter plays a part in everything from
cells to business. We have fun playing with matter together!
Sarah Gerhardt, Chemistry Instructor
|Think. Fix. Read write
Put out fires. Answer questions.
Age… Give directions.
Linda Logsdon, Physical Sciences DOM, in fine haiku form
|Yours could go here!|