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Format and Advise for Submitting Course Work
1. Date your entries for each week (but not each activity).
2. Write about the topic and stay in your context. Summarize the main ideas of a reading, but most mportant explain how the reading affects you...its relevance to you. Do not give advise about what other people think and ought to do (avoid second person "you"). Write about what you think and would do. Writing is often hard work. Writing is a thinking tool.
3. Try to write using new words and concepts so that you integrate your new thoughts into your habitual patterns of thought. Try to develop and refine your habits of thought. Give credit to the work of others.
4. Have fun. I am not a censor. I am a friendly reader.
5. Do not submit rough drafts. Proofread (spell check, grammar check) and edit your writing. I deduct points for sloppy work.
Example First Week Course Work Comments and Points
Week 1, Reading assignment
I found the reading assignment, Plato's Allegory of the Cave very interesting. I have never looked at people’s experiences, or lack of, in that way before, but it makes a lot of sense. Naturally, someone who lives in Iraq will look at life differently than someone who lives in Beverly Hills, LA--which explains a lot of the societal problems we are faced with today. Its too bad that more people cant recognize the different viewpoints that people have based on their own individual life experiences.
I personally am so grateful for my ability to think analytically about many different aspects of life. For seven years, I was battling an eating disorder that created an incredible loss of memory and lack of rational thinking skills. While my imagination was still intact, it was overrun with thoughts of food and plans on how to avoid eating situations. I couldnt enjoy learning or experiencing life. My brain just wasnt capable of taking on anything that went against the starvation mode that I had put myself in. It wasnt until I began to fight back that everyday things became more interesting to me and questions about the world became things to pursue.
From my mental standpoint, I was at a way lower level than that of my peers. They were able to experience and understand or appreciate everyday things while I was stuck in "my cave" unable to see life from an enlightened view or even one of slight normalcy. I guess the question to that would be, what is normalcy? Well, it certainly wasnt what I was experiencing!!!!
Reading through some quotes that I have kept near and dear to me through the years is one from grandma, "You live and learn, and then you get a life!" Experiences form who you are, and then you have the capacity to think more clearly about the things that you eventually face and can overcome all of lifes obstacles and help those who are currently in your previous position.
2--Quote from the reading assignment and respond to the quote. Spend more time describing the main ideas. Careful with the use of "you."
Here the student has quoted but not from the reading assignment and has lost a point. Be sure to quote from the reading assignment and discuss the main ideas. You do not need to discuss Plato's idealism but you do need to identify some of the main ideas of the reading.
Week 1, Writing Task
Ask two good friends to describe your thinking style and report each of their responses (Iseparately). Reflect on their responses. Follow the trims format which is described in the Week 1 topic link. All you need to do here is follow the assignment and you will get 4 points.
Week 1, Quote from Resources
A quote that I found in the resources section that I felt described my thinking style is,
"That which is not acted upon is not learned" --anonymous.
If I were to have fought my way through anorexia only to forget what I had learned in the process, it would have been a complete waste of seven years!! I truly believe that you can learn something from every experience that you encounter. It is those experiences that have created who I am and how I think about things.
It is by acting on experience (taking action) that we move from a mere knowing to the creation of ourselves.