Humanities: Back from Turkey Day & Whole New Mind

Monday, November 26 was something of a recalibrating and getting focused on the big Whole New Mind work.

We also discovered what a mess WordPress can be in our network.  So . . . Tuesday we will be starting new blogs on Blogger as it is part of the Google Suite we have on campus.  Hooray!

You will be expected to post three meaningful blog entries each week.  For good examples, you can look right here on Flight 307.  Every post I put up here varies in length, but each has a particular purpose.

The key to a meaningful entry is that it should be making one or more of these sorts of connections:

source: Wards Way of Teaching Blog

Text to Self: Connect the ideas from the book to your life experiences and/or to the work you are doing on your project.

Text to Text: Connect the ideas from the book to something else you have read, seen, or heard.  If  you can link to that other text, even better!  This might be to movies, TV shows, music, web clips, sports, who knows?

Text to World: Connect the ideas from the book to something else you know about happening in your community, nation or world.  These are similar to text-to-text, but are really focused on real events.

Rather than thinking of the blog as extra work, think of the blog as a way to keep track of your work, keep a log of your progress in your project.  It is a way of sharing what you are thinking about and getting feedback as well.  It is just another part of your process to creating a great product.

Tuesday, the first graphic organizer for a Whole New Mind is due.  Remember, you only have to complete them for the six sections in the second half of the book.  And you can go in whatever order you like.  Those organizers were sent to your inboxes.

Humanities: Dan Pink’s A Whole New Mind Orientation

On Tuesday, November 13th, we started our second week of looking at left and right brain thinking by cracking the spine on Dan Pink’s A Whole New Mind.

The book is all about how to better develop our right brain way of thinking so we can be more successful in the today’s job markets and those of the future.

After exploring Roots 6 briefly, we checked out the books in the library and then headed to the food court.  Once there, we broke up into smaller groups all around the space and completed a feature analysis chart available on the Google Drive.