As with participation for the first half of the semester, you’ll be making a case for yourself with a memo (due date TBA). This time around, you will propose three concrete goals for yourself that you hope to meet as a class participant during the rest of the semester. Please email me your goals by Friday, October 27th using our formal email etiquette; once I agree to them, you should start keeping track of your progress so that you can submit your memo at the end of the semester.
Possible options (please, design your own!)
|If I’m nervous about speaking in class . . .||· I’ll prepare one comment about the homework before the session and share it from my notes.
· I’ll discuss strategies for jumping into conversation with Dr. Logan
· I’ll volunteer to read a passage
· I’ll let the class know when I agree with someone else’s point
|If I’m willing to talk but don’t have much to say . . .||· I’ll practice supporting a classmate’s comment with textual evidence
· I’ll try to build on a classmate’s point
· I’ll ask questions or contribute thoughts that aren’t yet fully formed
|If I get easily distracted by technology . . .||· I’ll plan to turn my cell phone off and put it in my bag before I enter class
· I’ll try taking notes with a pen and paper so I don’t lose myself in the Internet
· I’ll make more of an effort to follow the conversation in class
|If I get tired in class . . .||· I’ll plan to be more protective of my sleep schedule so I come to class more alert
· I’ll move to a new seat, introduce myself to someone new, take notes with a bright pen, or bring coffee to stay energized!
|If I often feel unprepared in class . . .||· I’ll become more familiar with Rampages and check our class account daily
· I’ll prioritize keeping textbooks, paper, pens, and anything else I may need in an easily accessible place
· I’ll keep more detailed assignment notes
· I’ll ask a classmate if they want to be study partners
|If I already contribute to class a lot!||· I’ll challenge myself to move with the flow of conversation, adding to classmate’s points rather than changing the subject
· I’ll start to make comments that encourage further discussion by raising a question or suggesting a possible debate
· I’ll support my ideas more effectively through textual evidence or referring back to an earlier point in the conversation
· I’ll get to know someone new