Professor Belli | Fall 2022 | City Tech

Category: Class Discussion

Time Management

It’s a super-busy point of the semester, and many of you have expressed that you are burnt out and having difficulty keeping up with all-the-things. I feel you. Time Management is, unfortunately, something that we all struggle with …

The reality is that we each have tons of responsibilities, seemingly endless to-dos, & competing priorities, and there are only so many hours in a day and so much energy, brainpower, & motivation at our disposal during those hours.

When we are under a deadline or feel the pressure of a time crunch, we tend to procrastinate (which ends up causing even more of a time crunch!). And whether we are consciously aware of it or not, procrastination is deeply connected to a whole range of emotions that start bubbling up: we feel overwhelmed, stressed, anxious, frustrated, angry, scared, hopeless, depressed. We become stretched too thin, more reactive, less able to productively meet our goals and to be the best versions of ourselves. Then we feel shame, guilt, regret, exhaustion. And all of these emotions can start to chip away at our physical health. Of course, if we get sick, we fall more behind, and the more we fall behind the more stressed we get, which makes us sicker … and round and round we go.

Just because time management is hard, though, doesn’t mean that it’s impossible. An important part of both student success & self-care is to learn how to effectively manage your time. That takes becoming more aware of your own patterns and habits in relation to time management, learning skills and techniques to improve your time management, and then mindfully and diligently working to make the progress.

If you know that you struggle at certain times and in certain circumstances, don’t beat yourself up for that — but do seek out the skills & support you need. This workshop will help!

Complete the Time Management Inventory, the Time Management Reflection Reflection, and then watch + annotated the Time Management and SMART Goals video. All of these links are from the UNC at Chapel Hill Learning Center’s Tips & Tools website, which has a whole range of amazing resources for student success. I strongly encourage you to check them out (especially the ones on procrastination!) and use them as resources going forward.

After you’ve read + annotated this workshop & the above texts, share your thoughts on time management. You can approach any way you’d like, but I encourage you to consider the following:

  • What are some of the emotions that come up for you when you’re struggling with time management? What about when you more successfully manage your time?
  • What are your default habits when you have a big deadline?
  • What are some strategies you have used to manage your time? How effective are they?
  • What new things did you learn from this workshop?
  • Do some of your own research (it can just be googling around) on time management, & share what you’ve learned with the class (don’t forget to cite!).
  • If you had to give your peers one piece of advice on time management, what would it be, & why?

Comments (& at least a few replies to others’ comments) are due by 12pm (noon) on Friday, 11/18. Looking forward to a great conversation here!

What Counts as Research??

We’re going to be talking a (whole!) lot this week / month about research. But before we get deep down in the weeds of Unit 2, let’s crowdsource our ideas/feelings/assumptions/experiences on research. So …

What does “research” mean to you?

Approach your response as you see fit, but some things you may want to consider:

  • What is research anyway?
  • Why would you want to research?
  • What counts as research?
  • When do you research in your own lives? (pro tip! it doesn’t always have to be in school!)
  • What are your feelings about research (& why)?

Writing as Process & Revision

This workshop is on writing as process as well as an important aspect of that process: revision. Writing has many purposes, motivations, and stages, and in this course we’re going to engage with many of them. In particular, you’ll be engaging various aspects of the writing process throughout this week as you work on your Education Narrative revision.

I’ve made a quick audio file talking about writing as a process, and some of the other values and guiding principles underpinning the work we’re doing together this semester in the course. It’s the first text listed below.

Below are also a number of other short texts that offer additional context about writing as a process and revision.

READ + ANNOTATE the following short texts:

COMMENT: After reading and annotating the above texts, participate by commenting below. You can share something new you’ve learned here, questions you have, a reflection on your Unit 1 process / revision so far, etc. It’s all fair game, as long as you engage 🙂

*Note: Since writing is a process, you don’t want to skip any stages along the way. Your best chance of being the most successful and achieving the best outcome on your assignments is to engage all aspects of the process. Therefore, you shouldn’t be submitting the final draft of your essay today — make sure to read all of this week’s material, engage with all the Workshops and Class Discussions, get additional help in my Office Hours &/or the City Tech Writing Center, and then continue to work on your revision.

What is Rhetoric?

In this workshop, we’re going to dive a bit deeper into rhetoric, which at its core is all about how we communicate. Mike Bunn, in “How to Read Like a Writer,” introduces some of this material (including aspects of the rhetorical situation, starting on p. 76), and reminds us that “all writing consists of a series of choices” (72). He also stresses of making “appropriate” and “effective” choices in our writing.

*READ + ANNOTATE the following short texts about rhetoric (don’t forget to click all links and review all resources in each text):

*PARTICIPATE + COMMENT: Add your voice to the mix by commenting below! Comments can take many forms, so there is no one right approach. The goal is simply to engage with the readings about rhetoric and our discussion here about it.

Some suggestions for getting started:

  • reflect on your use of rhetoric in your life
  • reflect on your use of rhetoric in your Education Narrative
  • offer an example of one of the rhetorical appeals (logos, pathos, ethos, kairos)
  • offer an analysis of rhetoric in the news or popular media
  • ask a clarifying question about rhetoric (the rhetorical situation, the rhetorical context, rhetorical appeals, rhetorical strategies, etc.).

In all cases, the goal is to be as specific as possible. If you’re referring to another text, don’t forget to cite by introducing the (example) text you’re referring to and providing a link to it (if possible).

What is an Education Narrative Genre?

This week, we have read (and heard) three examples from the genre of the “education narrative”: the Olivarez, Lorde, and Livingston pieces.  Your first essay assignment (Unit 1) in this class will be to write in this genre yourself.  So in this Class Discussion, we’ll have a conversation about what the features of this genre are. Please discuss some of the following in a comment of at least 250 words:

  • What, from what you’ve seen so far, are the “ingredients” (also known as “conventions”) of the education narrative genre? Be specific, bringing in excerpts + examples from the three texts.
  • What do you think might be a place to get started with your own education narrative?
  • What are your questions or concerns about writing an education narrative of your own?
  • If you like, you can also feel free to share an educational experience you had and ask for feedback from your colleagues (and me) to see if we think that might be a solid place to begin writing.

*DUE: Friday, 9/9 by noon

*Don’t forget to read through your classmates’ comments & engage where you see fit.

All the Feelz about College, This Course, and Online learning

Start with one word that describes how you’re feeling about this course as we get started. No need to explain, but you can if you want to. 

Talk about your worries, concerns, reactions to the readings and/or to being an online student… whatever you want to. No censoring… except keep it kind of clean, please 🙂


Add a picture that means something to you, and explain why you chose it — why does it mean something to you?

*Initial Comments due: Wednesday, August 29 by noon. Check back in periodically and comment on your peers’ work (their comments here) — yup, you can comment on comments!

About me

Hey everyone ! My name is Jayleen, I graduated from Williamsburg Prep high school. This is my first year at city tech and of college. I’m ecstatic on what this school has to offer me and the new relationships I can form with my fellow peers and professors.

I did have the chance to graduate from high school early so i did. And I took the time for myself and started teaching myself guitar. Im in loveeee with music, indie, rock, pop, r&b, rap….im hispanic so i also grew up listening to latin music. Another thing i love is sunsets and taking pictures of them. Im a dog person and I have the cutest morkie pup. I grew up right here in brooklyn, and I wanted to study close to home. As for my summer, it was a really chill summer I spent time with my friends and family, I also did summer youth online which was nice. I’ve enjoyed reading some post so far and cant wait to read more!

p.s if you like the band The Marias, you have amazing taste in music 🙂

This is my dog

About me


My name is Neal, I am a transfer student from University of Miami, currently in the business and technology of fashion major.
I’ve lived in Brooklyn my whole life so the city is home.

Ive been worked at a Summer camp all summer, this is my fifth year I’ve been there and I went to that same camp when I was younger. I enjoy working with kids and am actually a nanny/babysitter during the school year.

I love animals and have always had many pets, currently have a dog, two bunnies and a lizard.

I also like to play volleyball and swim when I can.

Looking forward to potentially studying abroad since I am back home now.

This is my first time using open lab so hopefully I am doing this right, definitely gotta learn but I’m sure most of us are in the same boat.