Schedule

Schedule

  • All reading and writing assignments are due on the days listed. Unless otherwise stated, all blogs (and comments) are due by the start of class, 10:00am, on the day they are due.
  • Most texts will be provided in-class or on our OpenLab course site (including readings on writing process/strategies to accompany our in-class writing workshops and help you with your assignments). It is your responsibility to access, read, annotate, save (and print, if you choose) these texts and bring them to class with you (in the before-times, you could print for free at the college’s computer labs). It is mandatory, for your participation grade, to have the assigned texts read, annotated, and accessible in class when we are discussing them.
  • Additional texts/assignments may be added throughout the semester to supplement the texts listed here.
  • Some weeks are lighter in workload while others require a heavy amount of reading and/or writing, so I encourage you to plan ahead.
  • Always consult the dynamic Schedule on our OpenLab course site for the most up-to-date version of the schedule, access to readings, and more detail about assignments.

 

Date Focus Reading/Writing (*due on date listed)
Tu 2/2 Class Notes:

*In-Class Freewriting

Introduction to Course (Self-Help, Zoom, OpenLab, & One Another)

Read

  • Welcome to course 🙂

 

Due

  • Register for OpenLab account, join our course site, and familiarize yourself with its content and navigation

 

Th 2/4 Class Notes: Aryanna

Self-Help: Introduction

*Th 2/4: Last Day to drop without the grade of WD.

*F 2/5: Course Withdrawal Drop Period Begins; A grade of WD is assigned to students who officially drop a class

Read

Blog

Tu 2/9 Class Notes: Crystal

Self-Help: definitions, genre, history, & key terms

Read

  • The Secret (Rhonda Byrne), 2006. Read from beginning through (including) “Powerful Processes” and then at least one of the next chapters (of your choosing). Of course, I encourage you read more … it’s a quick read 🙂

*Make sure you actively/close “read” this text. You should take notes as you read, annotating it (looking up words you don’t know, taking notes, asking questions, noting down elements of fiction, writing down quotes–cited by page number in MLA format, making claims). Bring these notes to class with you, and come ready to discuss specifics of the text (including pieces of textual evidence). I may ask you to show me your notes in class or submit them.

*Make sure to read the exact versions (follow the links) to the texts, so we are literally all on the same page.

Due

  •  Reading Response #1: The Secret (make a blog post + categorize as “The Secret”)
Th 2/11 Class Notes: Reem

In-Class Group Work on The Secret

Writing Workshop: active reading + annotation

Read

Due

Tu 2/16 Class Notes: Courtney

 

Read

*Make sure you actively/close “read” this film the same way you would for a written text (article, short story, novel). You should take notes as you watch the documentary, annotating it (looking up words you don’t know, taking notes, asking questions, noting down elements of fiction, writing down quotes–cited by the time (hour:minute:second), making claims). Bring these notes to class with you, and come ready to discuss specifics of the film (including pieces of textual evidence). Click here to submit these annotations via Dropbox.

Due

Th 2/18 Class Notes: Robby Read

  • The Secret franchise (continued)

Due

  • nothing 🙂
Tu 2/23 Class Notes: Maria

History of Genre

Read

Due

  • Annotations of reading, with MLA citations. You can annotated in-line in the PDF itself, take notes in another digital document, or handwrite. Either way, convert before class to a single PDF file, clearly labeled and be ready to submit your work at the start of class, if requested.*Submit Smiles annotations via this Dropbox link
  • Reading Response #2:  Self-Help (Samuel Smiles)
Th 2/25 Class Notes: Ajah

History of Genre (continued)

Read

  • Self-Help (Samuel Smiles) [continued]

Due

Tu 3/2 Class Notes: Anil

Student Lightning Presentations on Smiles chapters

Self-Help as Education: Curriculum & Pedagogy

Read

  • The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change (Stephen R. Covey) [excerpts]
  • The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People: Personal Workbook

    *This is a GoogleBooks preview, so only excerpts are shown (and there are some pages missing every now and then). Just look through what’s there, to get a feel for the workbook/curriculum of this text.
  • 7 Habits website (FranklinCovey): browse, explore, click on links, watch, read, etc. (include your annotations for the website along with your annotations for the two texts above)

Due

Th 3/4 Class Notes: Niyomi

Self-Help as Education: Curriculum & Pedagogy

Writing Workshop: Blogging

Read

  • The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People (continued)

Due

Tu 3/9 Class Notes: Crystal

 

Read

  • self-care 🙂

Due

  • Blog #4: Self-Care
Th 3/11 Class Notes: Reem

self-help, grief, and the pandemic

*Faculty to Inform Students of Midterm Grades

Read

  • self-care 🙂

Due

Tu 3/16 Class Notes: Aryanna

attention, mindfulness, meditation

Read

  • Covid: One Year Later + various links on mental health, grief, and the pandemic [find your own!]
  • read ahead in The Power of Now (entire book for next week)

Due

  • work on your Pandemic Processing reflective blog posts
  • Continue reading and annotating The Power of Now (full book being discussed week of 3/23)
Th 3/18 Class Notes: Courtney

Processing the Pandemic: loss, grief, self-help

Read

  • read ahead in The Power of Now (entire book for next week)

Due

*This is an open-ended response, but should be reflective and detailed. I encourage you to be creative (include photos, videos, artwork, etc.). If you’re having trouble getting started, you can always explore some specific prompts for inspiration, and do some initial freewriting (for example: Reflecting. on Daily Life during the Coronavirus–scroll down to #3; Journal Prompts for a Pandemic)

Tu 3/23 Class Notes: Maria

the present moment, mindfulness, meditation

Read

  • The Power of Now (Eckhart Tolle)*You need to get a physical copy of this book, this edition. Make sure to buy the paperback version of this book (hard copy: no eBooks or audiobooks), using this ISBN-13: 978-1577314806), so we are literally all on the same page.

Due

  • explore various meditation apps (e.g., Calm, Insight Timer, 10% Happier, 10 Minute Mind, Headspace) to find the one that you resonate most with … you will be developing a daily meditation practice going forward for an upcoming assignment
  • People’s Choice #5: Pandemic Processing (due: Sa 3/20)
  • Annotations for The Power of Now*Submit your annotations before class begins via this Dropbox link
  • Reading Response #6: The Power of Now
Th 3/25 *asynchronous class*

the present moment, mindfulness, meditation

Read

  • The Power of Now (continued)

Due

Tu 3/30 Spring Recess (NO CLASS)
Th 4/1 Spring Recess (NO CLASS)
Tu 4/6 Class Notes: Robby Read

  • The Power of Now (continued)

Due

Th 4/8 Class Notes: Ajah Read

  • Research & experiment with meditation programs/apps
  • The Power of Now (continued)

Due

  • Blog #7: Meditation Assignment Prep (categorize as “meditation) as first-step (pre-draft) of Meditation Assignment (worth 15% of course grade; due Tu 4/27). Include:

1) Preconceptions about assignment (worries, hopes, fears?) and what you hope to get out of it.

2) Research & evaluate meditation programs/apps and make a choice as to which one you will use. You may pick any program of your choosing (though meditations should be guided, and a minimum of 10 minutes long), but you need to explore at least 3 different apps and make an intentional choice. Your blog should explain what you evaluated (with links), your assessment of the various apps, and why you chose what you chose. You also should discuss your plan for which meditations you will do and your schedule (where/when will you meditate, daily?).

I’ll sign off (approve) your meditation plan on Thursday and then you will get started on Friday (4/9) with your program (daily meditation for 14 days) and your log of meditation sessions + reflective journaling before and afterwards.

Tu 4/13 Class Notes: Anil Read

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Th 4/15 Class Notes: Niyomi Read

Due

  • Work on Meditation Assignment
Tu 4/20 Class Notes: Read

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  • Work on Meditation Assignment
Th 4/22 Class Notes: Read

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  • Work on Meditation Assignment
Tu 4/27 Class Notes: Read

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Th 4/29 Class Notes Read

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Tu 5/4 Class Notes: Read

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Th 5/6 Class Notes: Read

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Tu 5/11 Class Notes: Read

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Th 5/13 Class Notes: Read

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Tu 5/18 Reading Day (NO CLASS)
Th 5/20 Class Notes:

Final Exams

Read

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Tu 5/25 Class Notes:

Final Exams

Read

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