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  • Throughout this course, I can see that I have definitely expanded  my knowledge on the aspect of thinking. I came into this course believing that thinking was a natural and free-flowing process, an automatic […]

    • I’d be happy to clarify thinking dispositions and thinking routines in person with you, and anyone else interested in meeting up. Let me know!

  • kvachet posted a new activity comment 6 years, 10 months ago

    I actually dressed up with Tye last Halloween as Wonder Woman and he was Superman! I’ll have to show you a picture! I’ll share it on Twitter!

  • I reviewed the #musicchat ongoing tweet and was thrilled at the music that I was introduced to. One user in this chat shared a live video of The Swingles singing an acapella version of After the Storm, a song by […]

    • I was so glad you fixed the issue of embedding tweets yourself. Way to go! Now you’ve found a community you can connect with. Keep connecting.

  • kvachet posted a new activity comment 6 years, 10 months ago

    So putting on a new pair of sunglasses is like putting on a new thinking perspective? This is an awesome metaphor! I never thought of it that way. I’m a really big fan of metaphors so that just really excited me. I agree with you on the group project as well, we could have communicated better. I will use this lesson moving forward.

  • kvachet posted a new activity comment 6 years, 10 months ago

    You’re detailed descriptions really bring visual perspective to this thinking concept. I agree with you on the Headlines thinking routine. Giving a general headline to a topic allows you to expand on the topic in so many dynamic, interesting, and unforeseen ways, at least for me. Can you relate to in from that perspective as well?

  • kvachet posted a new activity comment 6 years, 10 months ago

    I know exactly how feel in terms of the metaphor of climbing a mountain in this course, I feel the same way. Struggling up the mountain and enduring it until the end. I think the interview was also insightful as well. It gives you an insight into a persons initial thought process and helps you think from a new perspective. Do you think that this…[Read more]

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    This week I have learned the importance of visual thinking. I am a visual thinker by nature but I was able to expand on my thinking process by applying […]

    • I would have to agree with you, the doodle exercise was awesome because just like you, I am also constantly doodling. I think it was a good way to express ourselves but at the same time critically thinking about a specific topic.

  • kvachet wrote a new post, Diversity, on the site Kristen Vachet 6 years, 10 months ago

    • I love that you compare Diversity to so many things! Each thing has its’ connections to diversity. My favorite is the Fruit Salad-it’s all fruit but together they make something greater than itself as an individual.

    • Olivia, that is what you are supposed to have done. Take the concept and visualize it using multiple metaphors. The examples I gave in Module 6 provided some level of expectations:

      Create sketchnotes to visualize metaphors for ONE of the following concepts: learning, diversity, technology, college life.
      Don’t worry about your drawing. Just do it. Brad Ovenell Carter has interesting sketchnotes on Google+ and Pinterest.
      See examples for change, trust, danger by Sacha Chua.

      Kristen, it’s a good effort, and the feedback I give is to help nudge or direct you to a higher level of performance (of understanding). Not to minimalize your efforts.

    • I like how you only used short phrases. I thought that it really let the metaphors and drawings speak for themselves. I would have never put diversity and a river together!

    • Thanks for adding more details and a metaphor!

  • Our perspectives and interpretations are defined by our outlooks on life. We all interpret things differently but the end result is always defined by purpose.

    • This is a completely different route than I took and I really like it! I’m glad that you found deeper connections and created a 25 Make from there. This is very meaningful and I can tell that you spent some time creating it.

    • Your pose and smile, everything, reminds me of Wonder Woman. In fact, to me this pic shows you up as a doppelgänger for Lynda Carter.

      Olivia, a macro high-level story?

      • I actually dressed up with Tye last Halloween as Wonder Woman and he was Superman! I’ll have to show you a picture! I’ll share it on Twitter!

  • kvachet posted a new activity comment 6 years, 10 months ago

    Your interpretation is exactly how I first viewed the picture. The reasoning as to why she left her coat, hat, and one glove on and the detail you describe it in was my favorite part; it really connected you to her, I felt like I could feel her despair. The knowing he’s probably not going to come, but still waiting a little while longer with just…[Read more]

  • kvachet posted a new activity comment 6 years, 10 months ago

    If you ever watch any interviews with Taylor Swift, this is exactly how she sounds. I like how well you seemed to grasp her persona. “It puts a lot of pressure on my to be presentable all the time” – I imagine this is an issue with a lot of celebrities. I can’t imagine what it’s like to live under a microscope. I think you captured the empathetic…[Read more]

  • kvachet posted a new activity comment 6 years, 10 months ago

    To me, this picture is sometime after the woman has found out that her husband will not be coming back home. I’m not sure if it’s the empty look in her eyes or the way her children cling to her This s a very moving piece that really gets your head turning as to how life must have been like during that time.

  • kvachet posted a new activity comment 6 years, 10 months ago

    Sounds good!

  • kvachet wrote a new post, Reflect x5, on the site Kristen Vachet 6 years, 10 months ago

    The interview I did was with my classmate Michael and we it was conducted via Google Docs.

    (Me): As you reflect on these last 4 to 5 weeks’ of course work, which one(s) of the Artful Thinking and/or Tishman, […]

    • Michael, it’s good to know that you “get” the distinction between thinking dispositions and thinking routines! It’s heartening to note that you’ve learned quite a bit that I hope is transferable to multiple contexts in your life. The words you use are definitely important and be more mindful of your written words. Your sentences tend to run a bit long…E.g. this sentence:

      I would hope that having a better understanding of how to articulate my words so that others can understand where I am coming from can have a drastic effect on how people react to me, because to be honest sometimes how I come across is not how I am actually feeling and I think that one of the most important things that I can take away from this course.

    • Kristen, feedback to your reflect5 is available on Michael’s blog: http://rampages.us/sharmamd/2015/07/13/power-reflection-week-5/#comment-82

  • Where am I at in the process?

    I am starting to come up with a list of names of people in my immediate circle of contact that I can interview. I interact with a very eclectic blend of people so I’m sure I will […]

    • I’m in a dilemma as to whether you should be interviewing me, but at this point, it’s a yes. I’m undecided only because I’m assessing you for the project. But I guess I can put that aside for now. I’ll let you know when things change. 🙂

    • I do like the sound of the eclectic blend of people you know. Diversity of opinions is good. How many are you thinking of interviewing? I assume you will be recording and asking them for permission to do so. They can remain anonymous with pseudonyms given in place of real names. Just remember the goal of this project… Which thinking routine are you planning to use to help you understand this topic of happiness?

  • I actually spent quite a bit of time looking through these galleries, searching for different key words, and figuring out through this process what I defined as happiness. To me happiness is a collection of […]

  • kvachet posted a new activity comment 6 years, 10 months ago

    This is an amazing song! Do you not believe in the saying: “There is no such thing as a dumb question.”? I ask questions all the time but I think this also has to do with my curious nature. I love to learn and to expand my mind, I always end up somewhere I thought I’d never be. When you push yourself to ask questions, do you find yourself…[Read more]

  • kvachet posted a new activity comment 6 years, 10 months ago

    I understand how you feel! I personally am a perfectionist and my life has been incredibly hectic lately and I hate falling behind on things as well. I am my own worst critic though and less incorporating of your care-free understanding that mistakes will happen. I am able to do this for other people but struggle in the aspect to accept when I…[Read more]

  • kvachet posted a new activity comment 6 years, 10 months ago

    I completely understand where you are coming from with the “never asking questions” aspect except for I have flip-flopped. When I was younger, I was intimidated and did not want to call attention upon me and would hate to ask questions in front of other people. As I have gotten older, I still hate the aspect of being the center of attention but…[Read more]

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