“Reading, responding, and composing are aspects of understanding, and theories that attempt to account for them outside of their interaction with each other run the serious risk of building reductive models of human understanding.” Anthony Petrosky
(At the end of this post, your cohort is asked to post a comment.)
WELCOME! This is your first day of working together as a cohort. There will be more. And, the groups will change in three weeks. Now, settle into your chairs and read this together . . .
Outside of college most of the work we do is collaborative.
- We labor beside each other.
- We check each other’s ideas.
- We pour over the details.
- We argue about tone and facts and time and goals and outcomes.
- We do all of this together in business, industry, and government.
Inside of school, we mostly still insist on going solo.
This assignment goes with the grain of the world and against the grain of much schooling. I want you to collaborate. I want scholars to work together to make sure everyone gets it done and done right!
So, somewhere on campus you are reading this in a group, preparing to work together. Today your cohort should go over these points;
- Every blog should be properly titled for alphabetic listing.
- Every blog should be visible to the FLC search engine.
- Every blog should give evidence of posting course notes for September 1, 3, 8, 12, 15, and 17.
- Every blogger should have commented on at least 2-3 blogs.
- Every blogger should have responded to comments on their blog.
As we finish the third week of school, the list above is the minimum.
This morning, your job is to make sure each member of your cohort as reached this threshold . . . and is prepared to cross over into new territory.
- If scholars need help, help them.
- You learn more by helping others.
- Don’t check out. Check in.
- Be responsible for learning together.
The conversation should not dry up. Learn from each other. Ask questions, study each blog. Press ahead together.
Finally, allow fifteen minutes at the end of the class period for members to post critical reflections on this experience. When posting your critical reflections,
- be specific
- give details
- avoid generalities.
- say what could have been done differently by your group.
These three weeks have gone quickly. I enjoy this class. I enjoy all of your energy and your enthusiasm for learning. As I have said, I can be responsible for facilitating learning experiences. I am gladly responsible for setting the pace, the tone, the assignments, the challenges. That is my job and I love what I do!
But, I can’t be responsible for your learning. You are responsible for your learning . . . and the more you push each other, the more you will learn.
So, go do this together and learn by doing it all together!
Finally . . . as a cohort please post your members present as well as your meeting location as a comment to this post. Thank you!
(19 September 2014 / 7:53 AM)