TNCC English 109 Fall 2010, 9:30-10:45, T-Th

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Let's use our best resources and our best skills to edit our portfolios this week!!

Last Updated, 8 December 2010, 9:25 a.m.

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Class Resources

Contact Mr. D. by email,; by phone, 825-3543; or in person, room 874, first floor of Templin Hall

Week One

Monday, August 23
In class: Foundations! Introductions and information-gathering for colleagues quiz

Wednesday, August 25
In class: On Course
pre-semester self-assessment

Week Two

Monday, August 30
In-class: 1] Write Journal Entry #1 in class. 2] Discussing the
Natural Human Learning Process (NHLP)

Homework for Wednesday 9/1:
Read pages 1-18
Write journal entries 1 (started in class) and 2

Wednesday, September 1
In-class: 1] Taking notes on the NHLP using the Cornell (University) notetaking method. 2] An owners manual for your brain.

How to do Cornell (and "STAR") note taking from lectures:

Homework for Wednesday 9/8:
Let's break down time management for these assignments for next week.
Read pages 19-42 in On Course
Write journal entries 3, 4 & 5. These will be collected for garding on Weds., 2/8, so follow instructions and Dive Deep in order to get full credit for your journaling.
Quiz on Weds. on the CORE learning system, so study for that.

Week Three

Mr. D's Chapter II summary: The paths our lives take are not predetermined or written in some cosmic scriptbook that can't be known to us. Rather, we create our lives by the choices we make and the attitudes we hold to. Creator or Victim choices are not "good" or "bad" per se. They direct the processes by which we arrive at the outcomes and experiences we wish to create in our lives, so make the appropriate choices to make the things happen which you desire as outcomes. Whether we want them to or not, the choices we make (and even passively deciding to do nothing is a choice we make) create our lives.

Monday, September 6 is Labor Day, so have fun and don't labor too much.

Wednesday, September 8
In-class: 1] Discuss "The Late Paper" case study. 2] Discuss NQAs (No Questions Asked coupons) 3] Define and characterize Creators and Victims according to Dr. Downing's definition in Chap. II.

Homework for Monday 9/13:
Do the "Embracing Change" activity on pages 55-56 to span from today (9/8/10) until a week from today, at which time I will collect it when class begins.
Read pages 42-56
Write journal entries 6 & 7. (Note: You do not need to have your journal folder physically present with you in order to write your journals. You can tab it into your folder afterward, or you could even staple it in; so make sure you stay up with your journaling even when you have turned in your folder to be graded.)

Week Four

Monday, September 13
In class: C & V and the
language of responsibility (Let's learn some hand gestures. Ahem.)

Homework for Wednesday 9/15:
Assignment I: Analyze the lyrics of six songs you like, three with Creator messages and three with Victim messages. Copy and paste a couple stanzas from the song, which convey the song's message. Don't copy and paste all of the lyrics because that will needlessly waste paper since many songs are lengthy. State why you feel they are C or V messages or behaviors. Give advice to the Victim songs about how to change their attitudes or behaviors into those of Creators. Due at the start of class on Weds.
Assignment II: Write a brief paragraph discussing whether you think the woman protrayed in this video and in the song lyrics is a Creator, a Victim, or something else entirely. Carrie Underwood video. Song lyrics.

Wednesday, September 15
In class: Sharing song messages via Elmo and the SmartBoard. (Sounds like a Sesame Street band, eh?)

Homework for Monday 9/20
Read pages 63-81 (how many pages per day/time per day does that eqaute to for you?)
Write journal entries 8, 9, 10 (this should take about 25-30 minutes each, so work that time into your homework management plans, too)
Label the parts of the brain cell and write the definitions on the image

Week Five

Mr. D’s Chapter III Summary: Creating our satisfying futures or completing specific yet very important goals begins with imagination, projection and mental imaging so that visualization of the desired results becomes the means of developing a commitment to their achievement.  Our futures or the realization of major objectives in our lives come about by actions we take and by our own design, not by chance.  The motivation to accomplish our greatest goals and to become the person we want to be comes from within in us rather than extrinsically, and we can shape the motivation into reality, becoming who and what we, first, just dreamed of.

Monday, September 20
In-class: 1] Accessing BBd for 109 and your other classes. 2] More on how the brain functions during learning: Label the brain cell.
Discuss synaptic firing and dendrite growth in the brain.

Homework for Wednesday 9/22:
pages 130-137 on note taking and test making

Wednesday, September 22
In-class activity: Making the brain development test. We will model the process by which your professors make up their tests by creating our own test on the brain development subject matter.

Homework for Monday 9/27:
1] Read
pages 82 - 100
2] Don't write journal 11. We will do this in class on Monday or Wednesday

Week Six

Monday, September 27
In-class: Write journal 11 and develop our personal affirmations.

Homework for Wednesday
1] Read

2 ] Prepare for quiz on note-taking methods from pages 93-100

Wednesday, September 29
In class: View and discuss Celebrate What's Right With the World

Celebrate Good Times!

Homework for Monday
1] Read
pages 101-127
2] Write journal entries 12, 13, 14, 15
3] Prepare for test on note-taking methods from pages 93-100
4] Think piece: Write a brief paragraph discussing how the message in the Lost Generation video correlates to the message in Dewitt Jones' video and in Chapter 3 of the On Course book.

Week Seven

Mr. D’s Chapter IV Summary: Self-management, time-management, life-management happen because of planning by people who are, or who want to be, successful at whatever they do.  There are numerous self-management tools, or heuristics, that are helpful in prioritizing goals, managing time successfully to achieve the goals that take priority, and developing habits that lead to achievement of important goals.

Monday, October 4
In-class: 1] Note-taking test 2] Discuss journal entry 14 3] "The Procrastinators" case study

Note on making up missed assignment points: Good news--you can earn up to 15 points of extra credit, 5 points each for attending a student success seminar and turning in at least two pages of Cornell notes. You may turn in notes from up to three success seminars. Credit will be awarded based on the quality of your notes: 2 points for attending and turning in your not-so-good notes, up to five points for turning in good notes from the seminar.

Homework for Wednesday
Reread pages 103-107
on Steven Covey's time-management method (the quadrants) and Jason's essay in "One Student's Story" ( p. 107)

Wednesday, October 6
In class: 1] Discuss Quadrant I and II activities. How do we get everything done in the day? Priortize!! Let's look at the rocks and sand demonstration. 2] Go see Tuskeegee Airman Ezra Hill at The Gators

Homework for Monday
1] Write a 1/2- to full-page summary
of Mr. Hill's presentation. Due at the start of class as a quiz grade.
2] Read
pages 139-151
3] Write journal entries 16 and 17

Note: I have given a lighter-than-usual homework load for Monday so that you can focus more of your time on getting caught up in Mr. Rockson's English 1 class. Don't fill the next five days with Quadrant 3 and 4 activities!!!! Get yourself caught up in Eng. 1!!

Week Eight

Mr. D’s Chapter V Summary: Interdependence refers to the degree to which people cooperate in order to achieve mutually beneficial results by “developing mutually supportive relationships . . . helping both others and themselves reach their goals and dreams” (Downing, 139). Interdependence is developed by working together to accomplish specific objectives, is strengthened by active listening and honest communication. In an interdependent system, everyone contributes to agreed upon processes or objectives and everyone benefits.

Monday, October 11
In-class: 1] Let's play "The Graduation Game" 2] Case study "Professor Rogers' Trial"

Homework for Wednesday
1] Read
The Goose Story
2] Write the Goose Story reflection (it is page two of the document), and turn it in for a quiz grade at the start of class on Wednesday

Wednesday, October 13
In class: 1] The puzzle? LIFE is a puzzle. 2] Professionalism inventory. 3] Mid-semseter self-assessment

Homework for Monday
1] Read
pages 151-162
2] Write journal 18 and 19. Note: Journals will be collected for grading on Monday at the start of class.
3] Write your Professionalism self assessment.
4] Write a 1/2 to full page assessment of what you need to do or learn in the last half of the term in order to achieve all of your semester goals. Staple this to the Professionalism self-assessment
5] Check BBd on Thursday or Friday to see your grades for Eng 109 assignments

Week Nine

Monday, October 18
In-class: "How'm I doin?" Day. Assessing our progess toward Fall 2010 academic goals and making course corrections. Where are you and what do you/we need to do at this point in order to ensure your success?

Homework for Wednesday
Use the self-assessment we did in class
on the project management skills, holistic writing skills, and editing skills which need to be developed in order to achieve your individual goals in Eng. 1, and, based on what you know about the availability of paper, on-line, and "human" resources, develop a plan for yourself which you will follow in order to achieve your specific goals from the Eng. 1 class.

Wednesday, October 20
In class: Develop a class plan for passing Eng. 1 and Eng. 3

Homework for Monday: Begin to study The Least You need to Know About Editing (in order to pass both Eng 1 and Eng 3.)

Week Ten

Mr. D’s Chapter VI Summary: Self-awareness refers to having conscious knowledge of the things that motivate us and of the inner workings of the self that result in emotional reponses to outside stimulus.  Memories are embedded almost from birth in our consious and our sub-conscious mind. In the sub-conscious they may not be fully known to us because our “Scripts” were written early in life and, in many cases, in ways that we are not aware of.  If we are aware of our Scripts and how they operate in us, we can manage them and change them so that our sub-conscious responses reflect our conscious, responsible decision making and our desired behaviours result.

Monday, October 25
In-class: Registration Workshop I

Homework for Wednesday
1] Plan your classes for next semester

Wednesday, October 27
In class: Registration Workshop II. Let's get registered for Spring 2011

Homework for Monday
1] Read
pages 171-189
2] Write journals 20-22

Week Eleven

Monday, November 1
In-class: Discuss and model marking the text for note-taking

Homework for Wednesday
and take notes on the rest of Chap. 6 for the open-notes quiz on Wednesday

Wednesday, November 3
In class: 1] Open notes quiz on 2nd half of Chap. VI. 2] Discuss case study from Chap. VI. 3] Troubleshoot registration problems

Homework for Monday
1] Write
journal entry #23 from Chap VI
2] Read Chapter VII
3] Mark the questions and answers in your book with a highlighter using the textbook quizzes that I gave you for the first half of Chapter 7.
4] Write notes from the second half of Chapter VII which you will be allowed to use for teh open notes test on the second half of Chapter VII on Tuesday

Week Twelve

Monday, November 8
In-class: 1] Open notes quiz on the second half of Chapter VII. 2] Assessing our learning styles and information processing preferences using the
Hermann Brain Dominance Instrument and the VARK learning preferences questionnaire.

Homework for Wednesday
1] Write
journal entries 24-27. These will be collected on Weds. along with 20-23
2] Write a paragraph of approximately 200 words describing what the HBDI is and what it measures and comparing it to the VARK questionnaire and website. In other words, what would you tell your sibling or parent (who has no knowledge of either of these two instruments or websites) about what they are and how they are useful?

Wednesday, November 10
In class: 1] Discussing the HBDI and VARK and peer revieiwing your paragraphs. 2] Write one paragraph describing the results of your HBDI and VARK inventories.

Homework for Monday
Finish the paragraph you began in class today
2] Write a paragraph discussing how you can use the information in the VARK website to improve your abilities in the areas of the VARK in which you scored the lowest.

Week Thirteen

Monday, November 15
In-class: 1] Compose good
topic sentences for each of the individual paragraphs that were asigned last week (if your paragraphs do not already have good topic sentences). 2] Construct a thesis statement that unifies the topics of the three body paragraphs you have written by incorporating the key words or key ideas of each boby paragraph into one sentence.

Due today (by the end of class): Your 3 topic sentences and the thesis statement of your essay. This is for a quiz grade.

Homework for Wednesday
Complete the draft of your learning analysis essay. Due at the start of class on Wednesday.

Wednesday, November 17
In class: Begin editing the learning analysis essay using these resources: The Least You Need to Know to About Editing

Homework for Monday
1] Read
pages 243-258
2] Write journal entries 28 and 29
3] Finish your Learning Analysis essay

Week Fourteen

Monday, November 22
In-class: 1] Print out your learning analysis essays, 2] begin
Punctuation Presentations Project.

Homework for Monday 11/29
1] Study
for your punctuation experts presentation, 2] contact each other to plan out how/what you will present, 3] finish your presentation planning during Monday's class.

Week Fourteen.two

Monday, November 29
In-class: Prepare punctuation experts presentations

Homework for Wednesday
1] Read
pages 259-271
2] Write journals 30 and 31
3] Edit your learning analysis essay to be submitted for a grade

Wednesday, December 1
In class: 1] Make group presentations, 2] do
journal entry 32, 3] submit journals for the final time, 4] submit learning analysis essays.

Homework for Monday
Work on your essays for the Eng. 1 portfolio.
Apply these criteria when editing your essays: The Least You Need to Know to About Editing
Bring two copies of your two Eng. 1 essays which need the most work.

Week Fifteen

Monday, December 6
In-class: Editing Experts presentations

Homework for Wednesday
Revise and edit
your papers for your Eng. 1 portfolio

Wednesday, December 8
In class: 1] Finish Editing Experts presentation, 2] Begin revising and editing the learning analysis essays using the
Norton Field Guide to Writing's online handbook. The Norton Guide is the handbook that you will use in your English 111 and 112 classes in the future, so now is a good time to get familiar with it.

Homework for Monday
Revise and edit your essays

Week Sixteen: Finals

Monday, December 13
Exam time is 10:45-1:15

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