New student: Katie Rivera, Mitchell Peterson

  • You have to visualize success, craft an image of yourself as a scholar.
  • Correct Bill when he refers to us as students.
  • Work at idea to do something while you are listening.
  • Train your body to study, use your mind.
  • Writing is a physical activity.
  • If you go into the mountains without your mind you’ll die, it happens every year!
  • If you come to college without your body you’ll flunk, you have to train your body for this experience. -In college you need your body to be as healthy as your mind to succeed. You have to train yourself to study certain way. Your health is very important to keep in top shape because if you are sick or hurt you are less able to learn and get everything you can from class and your professor. Your body needs to be able to go to every class, stay awake, and preform in top shape!
  • Students commonly think their minds can do something without their body. Scholars train their body’s so their minds can strive.
  • Time on task: Friday go somewhere on campus, alone, quiet, and without technology. Be in that place for an hour and research your surroundings. Told to do something, and given the time to do it. Over the weekend take the notes that you took and turn it into an essay. Audience: Bill, Goal: Inform about what I noticed about the environment and my mind.
  • Scholars who are held to early rigorous self assessment learn more.– You need to explore your mind to be successful in college, and you need to be able to assess yourself. It is very healthy to take a couple hours a week sit and be alone with your mind and write all your thoughts and distractions. It will make a better writer and you will in time be able to ignore the distractions and be the best researcher you can be.
  • This is a luxury to take time to be alone with your mind.– Not many people get to or choose to take time alone and explore their minds. Bill is giving us this luxury called time on task to be able to set aside the time we would normally spend in class to explore or minds and further our understanding. This is also helping us to become better writers by having to spend an hour to write everything we think about and the surrounds of our environment.
  • Goal: Pay attention to your mind, get to know your mind and know how to explain it.
  • Essay: Typed, notes stapled to rough draft, rough draft typed, presentation copy on top.
  • This all makes better writers, write down everything- even the distractions.
  • Be a friend to your mind, take an hour to think.
  • People become better writers when they write.
  • Thinking is talking internalized, writing is conversation visualized.


Learn EVERYONE”S name so that you can cite one another in papers:

Luke Landreneau, Zack Dowd, Justin Richards, Kevin Cornett, James Wadle, Luke jun, Carlie Romer, Norene Raines, Bill Mangrum (professor), Forest Simpson, Justin Lopez, Eli Rosenbaum, Sam deGraw, Precious Yazzie, Lydel Sleuth, Paige Albright, Tyler Knott, Sydney McMunn, Sam Halac, CJ Calvert, Mccauley Smith,  Donald Eric Bean.

Research: Don’t claim to know ahead of time what is important. -To know what is important you need to observe everything and write everything down. Because there is no way to know what is important information on the spot. We cannot hear something and know right then if it is going to be useful to us later, it is impossible.

Write everything down! We are not students, but we are scholars. “Research is the mind that you bring to the moment that you’re in.”  Train the mind to research the room, people, and everything. Research is not about going to the library or having a computer in front of you. “Research is observing everything around you.”- Justin Richards.

Basic Rule to Academic Citation: Mention first and last name in first citation, second citation only use last name. “Can you quote someone by a nickname?”-Richards “No not in an academic paper”- Bill Mangrum.

“This isn’t college, it is just a big business.”-Mangrum

-Show up on time

-Ask good questions

-Execute scholarly work

We know from studies that learning increases when people have a personal relationship with other scholars in their class. –If we develop relationship with our fellow scholars then if we miss class, need help, or don’t fully understand something in the assignment we have someone to go to other than the professor. We can learn off each other by learning each others writing, study, and scholarly habits. This in turn will help me in the long run become a better scholar myself.

Sit in a different seat everyday, next to someone new. Learn everyones name in the class. The more you know people the more you’re invested, therefore the more you learn. Don’t think of a higher education as a brain dumb, be responsible, and take control.

When writing an academic paper the best way to succeed is to know your audience, and know what you want them to do.

There will never be a limit on papers- papers are about quality not quantity. No limits forces a choice. Be responsible for your own production of knowledge. We grew up in a world that knowledge exists in the web, books, and magazines. Knowledge is on our tongue waiting to be set free. Start writing and don’t stop, trust your pen. If you write everything down you will be stunned at what you will learn. We cannot possibly remember everything so we must write it down.

First thought: Writing is reporting don’t write until you know what to write.

Second thought: Writing is exploring, I don’t know so I should write. -If we don’t know what to write we should just start writing anyway and not sit and wait until we think we know what we should write. If we just start writing it’ll become habit and it will make us better writers. To learn to be a good writer we must write, and write more!

Quoting can reveal that a paper is less than excellent. Don’t show off someone else’s knowledge. “It’s important to quote, but sometimes it’s unnecessary”- Sam deGraw. Quotes should act as evidence not steal your voice. Collect data to work with.

1st paper due Wednesday- Not for a grade, write about the notes you took in class, no length, long enough to get your point across.


I am at my desk in my dorm, I just finished setting up my blog. Setting up my blog took me about 5 minutes because my notes were very clear on how to do it so I flew right through it! I am now on to post the rest of my class notes that I have!