Beginnings:  Connecting Learning, Identity, and Leadership
Fall 2009
 

* This schedule is subject to change.  Be alert for updates in class. 

 

                              MONDAY                                                                                 WEDNESDAY

Week 1

 

 Theme: 

Learning

 

Color Code:

 In Class

    Conceptual Workshop
    Handouts
    Writing Workshop
 

Seminar Assignment

Online

Due

 

Order of Reading
Rose
Freire
Wise
Alexie
Beals
LeGuin
 

 

Sept 30

In Class
    
Introduction to course, students, faculty
     Handout: Student Info Sheet

     Freewriting

     Building a Productive Learning Community - Inclusive,
     Respectful and Safe

     Paradigm of Classroom as Living System (purposeful
     &
 relational complexity - interdependent, self organizing,
     self regulating, pattern emergence)


     What’s in a Seminar?
     Video:  Seminar for Everybody

     Small Group Framework Sheet

SEMINAR #1 ASSIGNMENT (ROSE)
 

Online Assignment
Creating Safety by Lee Mun Wah
 and post a response
about what creates safety for you (in order that you
can fully engage in this class) and respond to at least
one other post. We will use this list to generate our
class ground rules on Monday.

Week 2

 

Learning

 

 

 

Oct 5

In Class
    Loft Writing Center presentation
    Paraphrasing Workshop

    Handout: Essay #1 - Narrative on Learning
    Stories on Learning
    Concept Workshop: Safety -- Creating Seminar &
          Classroom Norms

    Carl Rogers & Listening Skills -- What's the
          difference between listening and hearing?
          What gets in our way of fully listening to
          another? What can we do to become better
          listeners?

 

Online Assignment
Dialogic Listening by Wm. Isaacs. Identify which of the four roles you're most comfortable in and what learning goals you are going to set for yourself to explore other areas of dialogic listening skills. Post your response and respond to at least one other post.

Oct 7

In Class

    Concept Workshop: Language as Symbols of
         Meaning -
Creating the Relational Aspect of our
         Class: "So, do you mean...?"

     Film: A Conversation w/Mike Rose

     Seminar on Mike Rose

     Seminar Assessment
     Writing a scene

 

Seminar Assignment #2: Freire

DUE: SEMINAR PAPER #1 (ROSE)

 

 

Week 3

 

 

Learning

 

 

 

 

Oct 12

In Class

   Concept Workshop: Voice and Tone and synergy
    in a group
   

DUE: Essay 1 DRAFT - bring 4 copies of your draft for peer review work in class.

Online Assignment
Strategic Questioning, by Fran Peavey, Chapters 1-3 and 6-8.  Think about and post a strategic question online that you think might take your seminar [or our class as a whole] to a new depth of dialogue and discussion.

Oct 14

In Class

Educational Learning Plan (Judy Gage/Advisor)
Case Study 1 (revised) - Using the Left -Hand Column Protocol to Investigate Our Assumptions and Listening Skills
 (sample) (evaluation criteria)
Power & Status presentation
Seminar on Freire

Seminar Reflection

Begin to prepare for fishbowl seminar next Wed (10/21)

More work on Essay #1 (structure, Q&A, choosing a title)

 

DUE:  FREIRE SEMINAR PAPER

 

 

Week 4

 

 

Learning

 

 

 

Oct 19

In Class  
Listening as a Practice of Cultivating Empathy

Listening Notes

DUE: ESSAY #1

Online Assignment:

Complete the
Listening Survey and respond online about any discoveries and thoughts about new communication goals for yourself as a result .

Oct 21

In Class

  Assign Essay 2: Analysis

  Synthesis fishbowl seminar (Rose, Freire, Peavey)

  Film?

  Handout - Seminar #3: WISE


Read: Wise, White Like Me
 

Week 5

 

 

Identity

 

 

 

Oct 26

Introduction to Culture and Multicultural Communication 

Working on Essay 2: Developing thoughtful questions
Agent Skills

Literature Elements
 

DUE: CASE STUDY #1

Online Assignment:

Complete the Multicultural Competency "Continuum of Progress" by assigning a numerical value for each of the seven indicators. Post some discoveries and insights about yourself as a multicultural communicator after completing the rubric.

Oct 28

Target Skills
MonoCultural and Multicultural Competency

Seminar on Tim Wise

Box of Convention

 

Seminar #4: Alexie

Mid-quarter Self Evaluation

 

DUE: Seminar #3 WISE
READ: Alexie, Absolutely True Diary

 

 

 

Week 6

 

 

Identity

 

 

 

Nov 2

 

Day of the Dead Potluck and Altar

Small group work on essay 2

Nonverbal Communication: Cultural Variances

Essay 2: Rough Draft

Bring: Potluck to share; Altar items

Nov 4

Seminar: Alexie
Seminar protocol

More on Cultures: What is a world view?

Case Study #2 handout

Strong Verbs Handout

PIE and Thesis Handout

 

DUE: Alexie seminar paper

DUE: Mid-Quarter Self Evaluation

     

 

Week 7

 

 

Identity

 

 

 

 

 

Nov 9

Essay 2: Peer editing

 

Synthesis fishbowl seminar: Wise, Alexie, Frozen River… (If you're not sure which you're working on, ask Jane or Margot)

 

Seminar Paper #5: Beals

 

DUE: Essay 2: Revised Draft

Nov 11

 

VETERAN’S DAY HOLIDAY –

NO CLASS

Week 8

 

 

Leadership

 

 

 

Nov 16

 

Four Levels of Listening/ Example of Awareness

Cultural Guide & Exploration Exercise

Review of Agent/Target Skills
 

DUE: initial plan for Case Study 2

 

DUE: Essay 2: FINAL

Online: Peggy McIntosh Article - Read and respond online as an example of awareness

Nov 18

Assign Essay 3

 

Nine Learning Tasks of Collective Leadership

Small Group Rubric/Scoring Guide

Seminar: M. P. Beals

Presentation by Elinor Appel, NSCC Librarian, on research skills for information literacy

Library Research on Cultures: Russia, Japan, Vietnam, Korea, Germany, Ethiopia, Canada 

 

DUE: Beals seminar paper

Week 9

 

 

Leadership

 

 

 

Nov 23

 

READ: hooks handout (Shambala Sun)

DUE: hooks seminar paper
Seminar: bell hooks (handout)

Seminar handout: LeGuin
 

Literature Elements
 

DUE: CASE STUDY 2/Case Study Rubric

 

 

 

 NO CLASS –

 

THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY

Week 10

 

 

Leadership

 

 

 

 

Nov 30

 

Essay 3: Small group work

 

 

DUE: Essay 3, Rough Draft

Dec 2

 

More Work on Thesis Statements and MLA Citation
Seminar: LeGuin 

 

DUE: LeGuin seminar paper
Collective Leadership Exercise: The World Cafe

Online Resources
World Cafe: http://www.theworldcafe.com/

and http://www.theworldcafe.com/articles/aopq.pdf

 

Effective Questioning: 

Stimulates creativity

Motivates fresh thinking

Surfaces underlying assumptions

Focuses intention, attention, and energy

Opens the door to change

Leads us into the future
from "The Art of Powerful Questions" by Eric Vogt, Joanna Brown and David Isaacs

 

 

 

Week 11

 

 

Leadership

 

 

 

 

Dec 7

Read article on Dr. Martha Kanter, undersecretary of education in context of what we created in class in our World Cafe dialogue: http://diverseeducation.com/article/13240/kanter-gets-candid-about-accelerating-american-achievement.html 

 

Here's a summary of our World Cafe dialogue/discovery

 

What form is emerging from this dialogic and collective process that we want to share with other leaders?

 

Essay 3, Peer editing

DUE: Essay 3, Revised Draft
Final Self Evaluation

Online Resources
Another Collective Leadership Resource to look at if you want -- we'll discuss in class:
Dr. C. Otto Scharmer's (MIT) Theory U: http://www.presencing.com/presencing-theoryu/summaries.shtml

 

Dec 9

 

Synthesis fishbowl seminar: Beals, hooks, LeGuin…

Due: Revised Case Study #2

Capstone Projects What did we create?

Week 12

 

 

Leadership

 

 

 

Dec 14 – Last Class

Potluck, course evaluations…


Seminar: Le Guin Addendum 

DUE: FInal Essay 3: (bring two copies)

DUE: Final self-evaluation

 

 

 

Have a great winter break!

 

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