Apologies for the delay–I’m revising the agenda based on some conversations I’ve had with you this week.
I realized that not everyone had the same understanding of what I mean when I say “spaces for reflection,” so I’m going to try to clarify. If you want to have time to think, to really focus on your thoughts, what kind of space do you want to be in? some of you talked to me about digital spaces, and I replied that I find those topics very interesting, and worth pursuing if it’s really important to you. However, you will have an assignment in ARCH 1101 that asks you to use architecture skills to develop a space for reflection (my very brief spoiler of an upcoming assignment!), so it would benefit you to think about real spaces vs. digital spaces to get you ready for that next assignment. On the other hand, your interest in your topic is important to keep you invested in your work. I’d recommend you weigh both of those aspects as you choose the question you want your research to address.
- Date: 10/21-10/27
- Meeting Info: In addition to the asynchronous portion of our class, we have the following synchronous opportunities, using the Zoom link distributed earlier this semester (ask if you need me to resend!):
- Optional writing lab session: Thursday, 10/29, 10:20am-11:20am.
- Office Hours: Monday 11/2 10:20-11:20 and Tuesday 11/3 1:30-2:30.
To-Do Before Class
We’re continuing to do work for Project #2, which is a research project about spaces for reflection. The Week 6, Week 7, Week 8, and Week 9 agendas can help you catch up.
Project #2: reflective annotated bibliography on spaces for reflection
- To explore further the questions about reflection and the space around us
- To continue discussing how we research a topic
- To find sources for our research
- To draft bibliographic entries and annotations
To-Do This Week
- Discover important sources of information for architecture students to gain familiarity with. This can range across different genres, including scholarly journals, magazines, blogs, video channels, Twitter accounts, and much, much more.
- Consider what are spaces or places for reflection
- Develop a question or group of questions about spaces for reflection
- Find sources that help you develop those questions and explore answers
- If you’ve lost track of what you need to submit for asynchronous coursework, please reach out to me–I can help. We can have a 1-on-1 Zoom meeting to get you on track.
- Please consider coming to office hours or writing with me in our writing lab if you want to check in with me about anything. We use the same Zoom link for all of these opportunities.
- Read the Project #2 assignment instructions. Re-read them a few times. You can take notes so you can ask questions, and to help you process what you have to do.
- Read the sources you’re finding as you research
- Read what your classmates and I have written in Project #2 posts and in our most recent discussions.
- Keep freewriting! 10 minutes. 10 minutes again. Write about what’s on your mind, or focus on the topic of spaces for reflection, or urban diary writing. Or something in your coursework, in the news, in your life, in your alternate reality. Or about the election. Or not about the election. Write.
- Continue the work we started previously: Write a post in which you draft a bibliographic entry and annotation for a source according to the instructions in the Project #2 assignment instructions. This could be a new source, or it could be the one you found last week. Use the category ENG 1101 Project #2 Posts and add relevant tags–these should be the keywords or tags I asked you to include in your annotated bibliography. Try to write posts for 3 of your sources (yes, one post per source so you don’t have to write them all at once). In addition to the annotation, add to your post a paragraph about how you found your source (Google? Library database? some other way?) and why you picked it from a list of search results. You’ll need 4 sources and annotations total for Project #2, but you might try drafting more than 4 to be able to choose your 4 best. Consider adding to what you’ve done already.
- As you find materials to include in your annotated bibliography, think about where those materials come from. What sources (eg. the magazine, not the article) are helpful for architecture students to know about? What sources did you discover that you want to come back and read regularly? Who do you want to follow on social media? Add as many sources (again, eg. the magazine, not the article) to our shared list in this discussion for the week.
- We’re spending all of this time thinking about built or natural spaces for reflection, and starting to think about questions we can ask that will help us focus our research. For our continued discussion from last week, keep sharing your ideas about what aspects of spaces for reflection you’re interested in. In our discussion, comment to share ideas about what questions you’re developing for your research, or even what narrower topics you’re considering.
- Comment on at least one classmate’s comment, asking follow-up questions or making observations about what they found, in one of our discussions.