Week Ten

Tuesday March 28

Many groups have said they could use a workday. So bring laptops. We can look at each other's blogs/websites/facebook pages (or whatever you're using to archive your elements) using this checklist.

Wednesday, March 29

The SPORTS! group will be hosting a CONVA this week. I'll add details here when I have them. You can invite your listening partners to participate in the CONVA. (A CONVA is a google doc in which everyone is invited to jump in and write something to add to a conversation on a specified topic.)

Thursday March 30
No class. Janine will be out of town.

Your group should be prepared to describe what you are doing for each element.

Element One due April 4
Element Two due April 11
Element Three due April 18
Element Four due April 25

On every Tuesday in April, your group will have to stand in front of the class and tell us (or show us) what your element is that week. Then sometime before noon on Wednesday, you will release the element by tweeting it, using #nifkin

Every Wednesday during April, you will go on twitter, search #nifkin to find your classmates' projects, retweet the ones that you really like, and then write a short paper about one of the projects, responding to the content as if it were an essay in our anthology.

Week Nine

Tuesday March 21 
Watch this video: Where Good Ideas Come From by Steven Johnson
Watch this TED talk: Recipe for Free Range Learning by Maria Andersen
In your short paper, you can write about the video and the talk, and you can also analyze your own learning process. Where do you get ideas? How do you learn best? Where does writing fit into the learning process?

Short paper #11

Thursday March 23 
Watch this TED talk with Sherry Turkle: Connected But Alone
“Technology appeals to us where we’re the most vulnerable.”
How does technology shape our relationships and our ability to build community? How do smartphones affect our ability to be self-reflective? Where do books and writing fit into this conversation?

Short paper #12

Your website/blog/facebook page should be ready to go. Be sure to add a link here.
Bring laptops: we'll look at each other's blogs/websites/facebook pages (or whatever you're using to archive your elements) using this checklist.

If you want to look at some student websites from another school, you can find some here.

Your group should be prepared to describe what you are doing for each element.
Element One due April 4
Element Two due April 11
Element Three due April 18
Element Four due April 25

On every Tuesday in April, your group will have to stand in front of the class and tell us (or show us) what your element is that week. Then sometime before noon on Wednesday, you will release the element by tweeting it, using #nifkin

Every Wednesday during April, you will go on twitter, search #nifkin to find your classmates' projects, retweet the ones that you really like, and then write a short paper about one of the projects, responding to the content as if it were an essay in our anthology.

Week Eight

Tuesday, March 7 
Read Sandra Steingraber, page 268, “The Pirates of Illiopolis”
If you want to see the speech Sandra Steingraber gave when she received an honorary degree at the ESF Convocation in 2013, it's here.
Short Paper #9

You will have some time to work in groups during the second half of the class.

Thursday, March 9
Short Paper #10 Write about the Listening Project. Here's the prompt:
  • What was it like to email a stranger? 
  • What method of communication did you choose and why? 
  • What were the five things you found in common? 
  • What is your listening partner's connection to place? 
  • What is it that your listening partner is passionate about?
  • What did you learn from this project?
  • Do you think the project is valuable? 
  • What ideas do you have for future Listening Projects? 
BRING YOUR LAPTOPS TO CLASS.

Your Individual Research Documents should be done by now. (Or close to done. I know that some of you will need spring break to finish your research.) You don't need to print them out yet, but bring your laptops to class so that we can look at them. We need to double-check everyone's links and make sure you have credible sources. You will eventually need a "Sources Document" (the equivalent of an annotated bibliography) on your website.

During Thursday's class:

1) Make sure you've read the Individual Research Document for every person in your group
2) Talk about what research still needs to be done. 
3) Double-check to make sure that sources you've all used are credible.
4) Talk about what elements your group is going to create.
5) Have you created a website/blog/place to archive the elements? If not, work on that. You need to add a link to the "nifkin groups 2017" link on the sidebar.
6) Get together with another group to check their sources and give them feedback on their plan. Every website needs an ABOUT US section and a SOURCES section.
7) If your group wants to host a CONVA or a twitter chat on your topic, sign up with Janine so that we don't have too many things going on each week.

Week Seven

Conference week! We will not have class Tuesday, Feb 28 or Thursday, March 2.
Instead, meet with your group and work on your project.

Be sure to sign up for an appointment with Janine! Here is the link.

At your conference with Janine, be prepared to talk about:
  • Your Unit One Portfolio (which she has)
  • Your grade for Unit One (based on this rubric)
  • Your research/writing project (bring the checklist)
  • Any questions you have about the research/writing project
  • Your writing process -- what is your strength? What do you need to improve?
  • Any feedback you have about the course
We only have fifteen minutes so we will need to talk fast.

Week Six

Tuesday, Feb 21 

Short Paper #7 should be about the Listening Project. You can update us on your progress. More importantly though, you can take the time to evaluate the project and suggest changes. What can we accomplish through this project? What might be reasonable goals? What do we want the product to look like? What's a reasonable timeframe for getting this done? How else can we involve these other students? Should we try to get these students to follow Nifkin on twitter and facebook so that they will see our projects?

If you've heard back from your Listening Project partner, record it here so that we can keep track.

Take a few minutes to read this:
What do Emotions Have to do With Learning? by Annie Murphy Paul

BE SURE TO COME TO CLASS ON TUESDAY
During class, we will be getting into groups for the Public Writing Research Project.
If you're brainstorming ideas for elements, check these out.

Here are some deadlines to put on your calendar:
Individual Research Documents: Thursday, March 9
Visit site/do primary research by this date: Tuesday, March 21
Set up website or blog or whatever you’re using to archive elements: Thursday, March 23
Element One: Tuesday, March 29
Element Two: Tuesday, April 11
Element Three: Tuesday, April 18
Element Four: Tuesday, April 25
Self-assessment Document: Friday, April 26

We'll talk about all of this in class.

If you want to see the assignment the Florida teacher gave his students, it's here.

Thursday, Feb 23
You need to get started on your Public Writing/Research Project
Short Paper # 8 will be you brainstorming some ideas for your group.
Class will be a workday -- bring your laptop, get together in your group as soon as you come in, and see how much you can get done in a class period. I will be here to help you.

Be sure to sign up for an appointment with Janine! Here is the link.

Remember, if you've heard back from your Listening Project partner, record it here so that we can keep track.

We will not have class Tuesday, Feb 28 or Thursday, March 2: That's the week you will meeting Janine for your Unit One Conference. Instead, you can meet with your group and work on your project.

You also need to continue the Listening Project. Figure out ways to engage the other students. For instance, you can say things like "Send me 5 photos of places that you love." Or you could start snapchatting each other. Whatever works.

Update on Listening Project:
In your short papers, many of you made good arguments as to why we shouldn't plan to post anything publicly on the internet. So we've cancelled that part of the project. Here is the revised task list for the Listening Project:

1) Email your listening project partner
2) Choose a method of communication (email, text, skype, snapchat, whatever)
3) Talk until you've found 5 significant things in common
4) Keep talking (and mostly listening) to find the answer to two overarching questions: What is your connection to place? What is it that you care deeply about?
5) Write a paper that will be shared with your classmates about the experience. The paper needs to focus on YOUR experience.

  • What was it like to email a stranger? 
  • What method of communication did you choose and why? 
  • What were the five things you found in common? 
  • What is your listening partner's connection to place?
  • What is it that your listening partner is passionate about?
  • What did you learn from this project?
  • What ideas do you have for future Listening Projects?
Ideally, the papers would be due before spring break, but we might have to be flexible about dates since we don't have control over the other students.

Week Five

Tuesday, February 14
Bring a rough draft of your Project Proposal.

We'll be starting the Listening Project today as well. In class, you will get the email address of the person you're going to interview. We've got students from St. Leo's in Florida, Emory University in Georgia, and Villanova in Pennsylvania. Bring a laptop/phone, or whatever you use to send emails, and you can send out an introductory email in class.

Here is how the teacher in Georgia is pitching the Listening Project to his students.

Thursday, February 16 

Bring another draft of your paper to class. We will be doing more peer review, and we'll talk about getting into groups. We can also have quick updates on the Listening Project.

By now, you should have sent an email to your digipal, with the guidelines we brainstormed:
1) Introduce yourself. Say something interesting that can start a conversation.
2) Be sure to write “LISTENING PROJECT” in the subject line of the email.
3) Suggest possibilities for how you are going to communicate.
4) Try to come off as friendly, not creepy.

You and your digipal should be working on the next task on the checklist, which is to find five significant things you have in common.

Friday, February 17

Your Unit One Portfolio is due by 2 pm. Put it in the box outside of my office, Moon 105. Be sure that the box has my name on it.

Your portfolio should include:
  • Six short papers
  • Your formal paper, the Project Proposal
  • reflective statement in which you evaluate your class participation
If you have questions about citation, you can probably find the answers at the Purdue OWL.

Weeks Four and Five

Tuesday, Feb 7 
Short Paper #6 should be a response to:
 The Wireless Woods by David Gessner.

You should also bring the Elevator pitch for your Project Proposal
The "elevator pitch" needs only to be a sentence or two: bring your idea and be ready to talk about it with the rest of the class. But you do need to get started since the rough draft will be due on February 14th and the final draft on February 16th.

We will also be starting the Listening Project soon. Here's the link.

Thursday, February 9
No class because Janine is away at a conference. Work on your formal papers!

Tuesday, February 14
Bring a rough draft of your Project Proposal.

We'll be starting the Listening Project today as well. In class, you will get the email address of the person you're going to interview. We've got students from St. Leo's in Florida, Emory University in Georgia, and Villanova in Pennsylvania. Bring a laptop/phone, or whatever you use to send emails, and you can send out an introductory email in class.

Here is how the teacher in Georgia is pitching the Listening Project to his students.

Thursday, February 16 

Bring a draft of your paper to class. We will be doing more peer review, and we'll talk about getting into groups. We can also have quick updates on the Listening Project.

Friday, February 17

Your Unit One Portfolio is due by 2 pm. Put it in the box outside of my office, Moon 105. Be sure that the box has my name on it.

Your portfolio should include:
  • Six short papers
  • Your formal paper, the Project Proposal
  • A reflective statement in which you evaluate your class participation
If you have questions about citation, you can probably find the answers at the Purdue OWL.