Student Success Workshops

Hi Everyone,

The week of October 21st through October 26th includes a lot of student success workshops, a few of which will be very valuable to you. I particularly recommend that you attend the Plan Hub event on Thursday, 10/24 from 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm in the lower level of the Library Building. There, you will get information on everything from registration, to programs you can participate in, to meeting the Dean of Arts and Sciences (his name is Justin Vazquez-Poritz and he is a theoretical physicist). I will even join you there if I don’t have a meeting (so you can get extra-credit for attending).

Here is more information:

Student Success Workshops

How To Organize a Paper

Below, you will find an information graphic and extended explanations for 10 different rhetorical structures for written texts. All of the assignments you are writing in this class are either examples of these kinds of texts, or a hybrid of two or more (yes, you can break the rules under many circumstances, like this one).

Consider the various facets of these types of texts as you develop your sense of how you want to structure Project II and Project III.

How to Organize a Paper: 10 Ways to Structure Your Document for Nearly Any Occasion

Models for Living and Doing

Hi Everyone,

Since we are talking about narratives and how our ability to tell stories is intricately linked to understanding audience, and our relationship to others in culture more generally, I’ve created a presentation of key models below to help you understand your relationship to story, learning, writing, and doing interesting work.

ENG1101–Models for Living and Doing

Project 1: Flow Chart

Hi Everyone,

Every semester, a few students have trouble understanding what to do for Project 1 so this semester I have created a flow-chart of how the project works. You will find it below. Also, thank your classmates Nas for helping me come up with the idea of drawing out a graphic and Farley who helped me design the prototype and user tested it for all of us. Click the image to enlarge.

Walk through of Project 1

A visual representation of how Project 1 works (click to enlarge)!


Pop-Up Workshop Schedule

Hi Everyone,

As part of making your transition to college more productive, there are a series of pop-up workshops next week where you can learn about the resources at our College that are available to you. Click below to learn more:

Metacognition –> Thinking –> Learning –> Value

One purpose of this course (among many) is to guide you towards being more confident knowledge-creators in your academic work, your developing professional careers, and in your own lives. Click below to see how one company compares different types of thinking and learning. What do you think?

A diagram that compares types of thinking and learning.

Thinkwell Learnwell Diagram

Of course, this is only one way of approaching thinking and learning. The cognitive realities of how thinking and learning occurs do not change, but we can apply them many different ways and in different contexts. In his TED Talk, How Thinking Works, Dr. Cabrera argues that DSRP thinking is how student can eventually learn to solve complex problems. Here are some of his ideas:

  • “Smart” students are good at structured, rule-bound assignments, but not at unstructured problem solving. I would argue that the same is true for “good” students.
  • Doing good at school is not the same as doing good at life.
  • Ability to think is not the same as intelligence–it is learning and applying particular processes to develop and test knowledge.
  • Students’ inability to think in complex ways on unstructured issues is an educational problem with global effects.
  • The Bandwidth Solution – increase size of the content pipe of facts, figures, and formulas directed at students – doesn’t work.
  • Thinking needs to be taught and students need to develop a complex ecology of practices, tools, perspectives, and experiences to house that thinking.
  • DSRP Thinking
    • Distinctions – between things – define terms with increasing nuance.
    • Systems – every part is a whole and every whole a part
    • Relationships – recognize these things
    • Perspectives – complex and multiple
  • We need to be training people who can be “slumpers” – both splitters and lumpers