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3. Questions, January 16 - January 29 2012


Week 2-3
Each class formulates a question related to the Learning Circle theme, according to the criteria for a quality sponsored question.  


Please read Powerful Questions


EFS 1: KA Erasmus, De Pinte, Belgium


Theme: How do you reduce the amount of paper you need / use for school? Only use paper when necessary and don't waste valuable paper! We will organise a workshop to learn to make paper ourselves.



What action does your school take to reduce the amount of paper used during a schoolyear? 

  1. How do you encourage the pupils not to waste paper (e.g. use 1 sheet of paper to write down a few sentences? This is not only important for lovely trees but also for the posture of the pupils (their backs))
  2. What do the teachers do in order to be paper-friendly teachers?
  3.  Does your school have a digital learning platform?
    1.  How can you reduce the sheets of paper by using the digital learning platform? Tell us how you use the platform at the utmost! (We can learn from each other!)
    2.   Why doesn't your school have a digital learning platform yet? How could you use it? Where can you save lots of trees? Go with a proposal and convince your principal to reduce the paper footprint of your school!
  4.  Is your school eco-friendly in its communication with the parents? If yes, explain how.
    1.  Do you have a digital agenda or an old-fashioned one? (e.g. remark of a teacher)
    2.  Do the parents get an account to view your marks online or do they get the result on paper?
    3.  Does your school give letters (with initiatives e.g. to let them know about this project) or did they get an e-mail?

We can't wait to read your answers! We can already tell you all about the paper-saving-things we do! 

EFS 2: Sint-Aloysiusinstitute 1, Geel, Belgium

Our main question:

Is there a difference between the participating schools in water consumption per month and the cost of it and what do or can the schools do to reduce the water consumption? 

The questions from the students of 2 MW B are:

  1. How much water do you consume at school (per month/ per year)?
    1. When you compare the months, in which months/season does your school use the most water?
    2. What explanation have you got for this difference?
    3. How much does water cost in your country? What is the unit price per m3?
    4. Does the school pay a contribution for the purification of drinking water? If yes, how much?
  2. Where is water mainly used for at your school?
  3. How does the school detect loss of water? And what do you do if suddenly your water is contaminated?
  4. What about the sanitary facilities at your school?
    1. Which system is used to flush the toilets?
    2. Which is most eco-friendly?
  5. What percentage of the classrooms is equipped with a sink/ water tap?
    1. Compare the different systems of water taps.
    2. Which system is most eco-friendly and do you use these at school?
  6. How does the school encourage students to use less water in the classrooms/ at school?

EFS 3: St Mary's University, Class 1, Bayombong, Philippines


We went through brainstorming in class about the questions we’re going to ask to our dear friends in the GTP circle. The students got so excited they all wanted to ask a question. After thorough argumentation, we decided to share with you the following questions.


In our school, we celebrate the Arts Month every February. One highlight of the celebration is the production of junk art. Students make art masterpieces using scrap materials like old newspapers, bottles, used paper, candy wrappers and pouches. We exhibit the artworks in a mini-gallery. School authorities, students and visitors buy them.



  1. What are the most common waste you produce in your school and in your community? What's the percentage of production?

  2. What top 3 environment friendly activities or programs in your school or in your community are you most proud of? How do these programs or activities reduce accumulated waste? How much waste is reduced?

  3. Where do your wastes go? What do you do with them?

  4. Please think of one activity to Reduce, Reuse or Recycle waste in your school; execute that acticity and share the result with us.


We look forward to an informative and exciting sharing of practices among us all. We can’t wait to learn from you. :)


EFS 4: St Mary's University, Class 2, Bayombong, Philippines

Question: Why are trees in school important?

1.  Are you familiar with Joyce Kilmer's poem about a tree?  What are your feelings that there are trees in your  school?

2.  What are the names of your trees? Which trees are your top 5 favorites? Why?

3.  Have you tried planting a tree in your school ? If yes, how old is it now? If no, does your school allow you    to plant at least one?  Why?

4.  What is the program of your school in terms of the trees in your school?

5.  Share a slogan or saying on the importance of tree planting.

EFS 5: St Theresa's College, Class 1, Cebu, Philippines


Which is more important, increasing people's standard of living or protecting the environment?
Think of a situation in your school area involving this issue. Which side would you choose and why?


EFS 6: St Theresa's College, Class 2, Cebu, Philippines


Mention one  drastic environmental problem that your country is experiencing at present. Did this environmental problem influence the lives in your community? What activities/ programs have been taken by your school and government to the conservation of the environment?

Note: this question seems to be almost the same as the question from EFS4. Please note EFS4 question' has a historical perspective and looks back in time, while this EFS6 questions looks at the present time (now).

EFS 7: St Theresa's College, Class 3, Cebu, Philippines


At present, we are living in a world where a lot of advances in science and technology are happening. How do you make use of technology in your school in order to protect, conserve and preserve Mother Earth? Cite several examples, projects, practices or scenarios to prove such. Please make pictures.

EFS 8: CSG Noordik, Almelo, The Netherlands

Context of the question: One of the students of the participation group Gym31 wrote:

Hello, we made more use of electricity in the last years.
There are some advantages and some disadvantages about that.
-Things go faster and easier
    -Things are more precise
    -Things are easier to edit
    -Things cost less effort
    -Things are easy to send

    -All the advantages are at expense of the environment
    -If a devise is broken, it costs a lot of effort to repair it
    -If you use it too much, you become depending of it
    -If you are making something on the computer and it breaks, everything is lost and you’ll have to start all over again.

We could do a some things about it, like finding a cleaner source of energy or just spend less, but then the number of advantages would decrease. So we should find the right rate of spending and saving energy.

This was the winning subject, so the group made questions about the subject "electricity".



Is there a difference between the participating schools with regard to both the way and the amount of electricity they use, and what can the schools do to reduce the amouth of electricity they use?

  1.  How and where is electricity produced in your country and how is it distributed to your school?
  2. How much electricity is used at your school, both in total and per student, in US-dollars and kilowatt hours?
  3. Where is electricity mainly used for at your school?
  4. What is your school doing to save electricity?
  5. What can or should your school do to save electricity and prevent electricity waste?  

EFS 9: Maerlant College - Brielle, The Netherlands


In our schoolcanteen the pupils produce more than 3000 kilo's of garbage a week. This garbage containd food, plastics, cans, paper and other things. None of this garbage is being seperated. All is being burned. This is a waste of materials. The paper could be recycled, the food can be turned into garden mould for example.

Our questions are these:

  1. How much garbage does your school produce a week?
  2. Is it possible to seperate some of this garbage?
  3. We are going to introduce seperate litter bins for paper and food in our schoolcanteen and will investigate how much klio's of garbage can be recycled.
  4. How does the introduction of seperate litter bins increase the awareness of the pupils on how much garbage is being produced?

EFS 10: Sint-Aloysiusinstituut 2, Geel, Belgium


We try to care for the environment here in Belgium. Windmills, solar panels, dams, they are some examples of how we produce energy on a green way for the environment. In school we try to help the environment by recycling waste eg. We also have a little pond, a green corner and some chickens.
We would like to know if you also care for the environment:

  1. Are there any specific initiatives that increase the care for the enviroment going on in your school?
  2. Do you know green energy? What types of green energy are there being used in your country?
  3. Is there a high CO2 emission in your country?
    1. What measures are there being taken by the government in your country to reduce these emissions?
    2. How about the carbon footprint? Please calculate the avarage Carbon Footprint in your classroom
    3. Are you trying to do something at school to reduce the size of your CO2 footprint


Comments (11)

Sebastiaan Pol said

at 10:49 am on Feb 22, 2012

Dear all,

The students of the Noordik college are very busy with the research of the questions. They will post the answers at the end of the week. They are very excited and love the global teenager project! Hope it is the same with your students!



Bob Hofman said

at 11:30 am on Feb 6, 2012

Dear Mrs, Aukje Hoogwijk-Prins and students, thanks for your question.
The LC questions are final and will not be changed anymore (see comment 02-03-2012)
As writen in this week newsletter (https://gtpcuninaefsjan2012.pbworks.com/w/page/50528589/News%205%3A%20Research%20and%20Answers ) we wish you and your students lost of success in research and posting answers.. draft versions of Q's are highly appreciated, so we see there's work in progress. Keep it warm in these cold days, greetings Ria and Bob.

a.hoogwijk@noordik.nl said

at 11:04 am on Feb 6, 2012

Dear all,

I have a qusetion for you all: Our students are very busy with research to answer the questions of different classes. They have noticed the're changes in the questions formulated. It would be nice if we know if the quenstions are going to be changed or are the questions ready to be answered now?

Greetings from the Netherlands!
Aukje Hoogwijk-Prins

Bob Hofman said

at 7:17 am on Feb 3, 2012

Thanks Mrs. Aireen; so we're all set to go now.. "Think, Act, Do"!

Mrs. Ruby Anne Asumbrado said

at 4:02 am on Feb 3, 2012

Hi Ms Arlene :).....our greetings here from Cebu....Its no problem Maam :)....we are even happy that we somehow have the same concerns and topics that interests us....Best regards from us here :)

Aireen said

at 1:03 am on Feb 3, 2012

Hi, Bob!
We appreciate the 4th question you added. It's action-oriented and that's exactly what we're here for. Thanks a lot! The students will do their research over the weekend. Greetings from all of us!

Bob Hofman said

at 7:46 am on Feb 2, 2012

Dear Mrs. Arlene and students, thank you for adding the EFS3 questions. Seeing time we took the liberty of ading a 4th sub-question to ask the students to not only "think" yet also "Act" and "Do" on the waste topic. The question is now copied to the answer pages.... so we are set and ready to go. Greetings Bob

Arlene B. Herrera said

at 4:36 am on Feb 2, 2012

EFS6, our apologies for posting "almost the the same question"...we will change our question as soon as possible...thank you!

Mrs. Ruby Anne Asumbrado said

at 1:53 am on Feb 2, 2012

Hi Bob,

Greetings from Cebu.....We just have a query from EFS6 group....are we expected to revise our question?....we just noticed that EFS 4 posted a similar question to ours....hope to hear from you :)

Bob Hofman said

at 1:14 pm on Jan 31, 2012

Dear all, thank you for posting the question.
As requested we need one main question and 1-3 supporting subquestions, within the domain "Eco Friendly Schools".
Please find our feedback in red, beneath each question, with greetings form Holland in Winter, Bob

Bob Hofman said

at 8:48 am on Jan 19, 2012

hmmmm still so silent on the Question page.... please do not wait untill you created / finalized the perfect question...
Upload the draft version and share with you circle partners the creatin process.....
Tip: see: https://gtpcuninaefsjan2012.pbworks.com/w/page/48387952/Powerful%20Questions2

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