• kvachet posted a new activity comment 6 years, 12 months ago

    I misinterpreted the assignment. I thought it was to focus how we viewed our groups thinking process as a whole, instead of individually this time.

    CONNECT: I honestly did not know that food insecurity was such a huge issue among college students specifically. Of course I knew that it was an issue with our nation as a whole but I had never…[Read more]

  • I’m sure most have you have seen the movie Shrek. When beginning to write this reflection, I instantly thought of a scene in this movie:

    Shrek: For your information, there’s a lot more to ogres than people […]

    • I really liked how you paired your post with that scene from Shrek! I think it is interesting because Donkey was asking so many questions because he was so unsure but Shrek only gave the answer after the 3rd go around. Donkey was asking the wrong questions which were too narrow that he couldn’t get the answer. I think it is an important lesson on asking the right questions. What do you think?

    • Reflections take time — time to ponder, wonder, connect. I’d like to know your response to the first prompt question:

      Reflect on your own questioning behavior. Has your questioning “fallen off the cliff”? How is that so? How might you seek to improve? For inspiration, skim through Warren Berger’s article on Why We Stop Questioning.


  • This week my progress in my quest to find what makes people happy, I have developed the interview questions that I wish to ask every person I am interviewing.

    What would you define happiness as?

    What makes […]

    • These are some really good, neutral questions to get people to start thinking about what happiness means to them. It will definitely be interesting to see where their answers will take you, and what factors will influence their notions of happiness (e.g., culture, age, gender, socio-economic factors, etc.).

      It would be interesting to note whether there is a common theme amongst everyone’s perception or definition of happiness, no matter their unique situations and backgrounds (like if factors such as family, love, friendships, success in their career, etc., seem to be mentioned again and again).

    • I would prefer to ask in a more conversational tone, such as,
      What is happiness to you? What does the term happiness mean to you?
      How important is happiness to … you, to your family, to society, to the world?
      More questions are needed to interview someone for at least 40 minutes to get some substantive information.

      Also, why did you choose the term “happiness” and not “joy”?

      In your final project, I would like you to bring in some existing research on this question too to make the connection between what you are doing and what is already available.

      P.S. I hope you get to watch “Inside Out” with Tye!

  • Looking back on the group project, it seems rather evident that the thinking process used was Connect, Extend, Challenge. We all seemed to first engage in the topic of food insecurity with stories or analogies of […]

    • I totally agree with the desire of face-to-face interactions for group projects. It just feels like I’m doing something wrong when I haven’t met face-to-face with my group. I am constantly asking myself “Am I doing enough? or Am I doing too much?” without getting an answer.

      • Olivia, I think part of your anxiety is due to your first-time experience in online learning which is qualitatively a different experience from a face-to-face class. If it helps, even at the graduate level, in a face-to-face class, I ask the same question too. Am I doing enough? Am I good enough? Self-doubts plagued me. I hope you feel better about this.

        Thus far, with even a small group of students, it seems to be difficult to get people to meet in real-time for a meeting. This practice offered everyone a chance to reflect on this group process together and separately.

    • “…it seems rather evident that the thinking process used was Connect, Extend, Challenge. We all seemed to first engage in the topic of food insecurity with stories or analogies of the topic that we readily had access to and were familiar with in order to make an association to a topic that it seemed like most of us were not very well-versed on., i.e. the drug addict comparison.”

      You are using the CEC Thinking Routine to analyze how the group wrote and thought about the group research project — which is not how thinking routines are designed to be used. I’m curious about your interpretation and reading of the materials in the database on this.

      So you seem to find a pattern in how they were all thinking? Just some back story, I had inserted the questions there upon the request of Olivia who had felt overwhelmed by the group project — as she shares in her blogpost. I knew my questions would frame how students tend to approach the research. So your analysis of the group writing is not off-base.

      I’m intrigued by your reading and understanding of the Thinking Routines material. These are simple frameworks or structures that help YOU to think about a topic. So, the question here is, how would YOU use Connect-Extend-Challenge to make sense of the group research work. This blogpost should document how YOU think.

      What are your thoughts on this? For example, check out Olivia’s and Stephanie’s posts to see how they apply thinking routines.

      CONNECT: How are the ideas and information presented CONNECTED to what you already knew? (in the documents)
      EXTEND: What new ideas did you get that EXTENDED or pushed your thinking in new directions?
      CHALLENGE: What is still CHALLENGING or confusing for you to get your mind around? What questions, wonderings or puzzles do you now have?

      Source: http://www.visiblethinkingpz.org/VisibleThinking_html_files/03_ThinkingRoutines/03d_UnderstandingRoutines/ConnectExtendChallenge/ConnectExtend_Routine.html

    • I misinterpreted the assignment. I thought it was to focus how we viewed our groups thinking process as a whole, instead of individually this time.

      CONNECT: I honestly did not know that food insecurity was such a huge issue among college students specifically. Of course I knew that it was an issue with our nation as a whole but I had never thought to look on campus. The previous experience that I have encountered with food insecurity was only inserted into my life recently when I volunteered at a community ran outreach center for the lower-income class.

      EXTEND: I tend to hurry and rush around campus most of the time with my headphones on and not paying much attention to my surrounding. This group project has made me more aware of my surroundings on campus, especially the students, and now I wonder when I see some people if they have a food insecurity issue and have thought about how our school would benefit from a group that would raise awareness and bring light to this issue to help other students.

      CHALLENGE: The one thing that I cannot seem to wrap my head around is the fact that food insecurity is mainly a focus on younger children, but why not young adults? Young adults probably need this just as much. They are out on their own in the world for the first time, working to support themselves, and possibly students at the same time. It would make more sense if there were more awareness on this issue.

  • kvachet posted a new activity comment 7 years ago

    I understand where you are coming from in reference to not wanting to start conflict, but doesn’t conflict typically occur when you aren’t open to other people’s points of view? I personally love asking questions and challenging people on their perspectives because not parties can benefit from this by broadening their perspectives and even…[Read more]

  • kvachet posted a new activity comment 7 years ago

    I like how you explain that it’s hard for you to concentrate with all the dynamic thoughts that are consuming your mind, I am the same way. As far as being able to focus on music or poetry, do you think the complexity of the message the poem or music is trying to send accesses multiple facets of your mind to keep you intrigued instead of “boring”…[Read more]

  • kvachet posted a new activity comment 7 years ago

    This is such an awesome ideas and very relatable! I personally have experienced this when I was younger and had to do dance and singing solo’s in show choir. Even if you are certain you will do fine, anxiety still kicks in. I’m interested to hear about your findings of other musicians, it’s a very compelling topic!

  • If there was one thinking perspective that I’d say I needed to work on it be the perspective to be planful and strategic but not in the same way as the article portrays. I’m very good at setting goals and […]

    • The article does mention the disposition to be alert to a lack of direction. If you have too many hats to wear and juggle too many responsibilities, that is not very planful because you can only do SO much. This suggests you need to replan and adjust so that you can focus on doing fewer things and doing them well. I know I may sound like a nag, but truly, there are not many things in this life that are so important that we can’t let them go. Family and health are more important.

      “As important as your obligations as a doctor, lawyer, or business leader will be, you are a human being first, and those human connections – with spouses, with children, with friends, are the most important investments you will ever make. At the end of your life, you will never regret not having passed one more test, not winning one more verdict, or not closing one more deal. You will regret time not spent with a husband, a child, a friend or a parent.” — Barbara Bush, former 1st lady.

    • Gosh…I can SO relate to this post. Personally, I am a list-maker. Just like you, if I set my goals, I can reach them. But if I don’t actually, physically, write out my goals, they might never get completed. Your post makes me feel like I’m not the only one that struggles with this kind of thing. Thank you!

  • I have always been very interested in what other people define as happiness and what they believe makes them happy so I thought what better topic to choose to question for this course! I plan on interviewing […]

    • It sounds exciting. Of course, one can never tell how entirely truthful interviewees will be. I enjoy interviewing though. I love to talk to people to find out their perspectives. I interviewed 30 people for my graduate research, and that’s not a lot to my advisor! Haha! You can look up interviewing techniques on the web and also, there are different types of interviewing: http://www.write.com/writing-guides/research-writing/research-process/primary-research-methods-interviewing-techniques-and-tips/

    • This sounds like an awesome take on the topic of happiness–have you heard of the documentary called “Happy”? (I watched it on Netflix a few years ago, I’m not sure if it’s still there). The film shows people from all over the world, from all walks of life, and explores what happiness means to them, and if a common denominator does exist. It’s pretty interesting, and it may give you some ideas for questions or topics to use in your interviews, as well as asking people from different cultures what happiness means to them.

      Just be open and honest with the people you are interviewing, and I think you’ll get some really great answers and perspectives on happiness. Good luck!

  • Online recording software

    So this is a revisit to my 100Make! This was a new and interesting experience (as much of the lessons in this course have been). Please let me know what you guys think, I love […]

    • I think this is a good attempt. For improvement, I’d try to go to a quieter place, bathroom? Was the thundering equally loud in the entire house/apartment?

      Did you read off the script? Having a prepared script helps to cut out excessive ums, and ahs, and you could still ad-lib a bit.

    • I wonder if you would try Notegraphy again with a Module 3 reading quote? Or a quote from one of your Diigo resources. This quote has been somewhat overused and a fresh one would be nice. 🙂

  • kvachet posted a new activity comment 7 years ago

    I love the format of this reflection as well, made for a very enjoyable read. I often get anxious and stressed when I’m not sure how to do something or have to engage in a new activity that is out of my comfort zone. Have you gotten better at this the more these situations are presented? I can’t tell if I have. I think I have become less stressed,…[Read more]

  • kvachet posted a new activity comment 7 years ago

    Ron Swanson! I love that show! I love how you made note that when you engage in new people are open to conversations with them, you can learn some really interesting stuff and meet some amazing people. Meeting new people is always a very exciting experience for me because I am curious by nature. Has working at the Career Center opened you up more…[Read more]

  • kvachet posted a new activity comment 7 years ago

    In reference to your example where kindergartens were better at constructing that tower than engineers: Doesn’t it make you want to tap into that creative way of thinking again? It was so easy to think outside the box when we were kids, but it seems I have had to re-learn how to be creative again as an adult because I am so use to structured learning.

  • Thinking about thinking is an interesting process. I often think, “Am I overthinking this assignment or not thinking enough about this assignment?” In Stephanie’s reflection this week, the first question that she […]

    • Kristen,

      Maybe it’s a good thing when we are forced to step out of our comfort zones, away from what feels easier to us, so that we can access new ways of thinking and learning. We should embrace the frustration, or at least be able to recognize when we are feeling apathetic toward certain assignments so that we are able to put forth a little more effort to create something more interesting than we would have done before.

      You’re right—this class has definitely allowed me to revisit and embrace different ways of thinking, steering away from the traditional “transmission model,” we learned about in our reading for this week (“Teaching Thinking Dispositions: From Transmission to Enculturation,” by Shari Tishman, Eileen Jay and David N. Perkins).

    • Hear, hear! I shall remind you both of these words when you are tearing your hair out in the zone of discomfort.

      Yes, I have presented a way of learning that departs from the traditional way of learning. Your final inquiry project presents you with a problem-posing challenge, but I believe it is an important skill to learn. It will enrich your learning, I assure you, if you are open-minded about it. 🙂

      “Problem-posing education affirms men and women as beings in the process of becoming.” -Paolo Freire, Pedagogy of the Oppressed. http://www.freire.org/paulo-freire/quotes-by-paulo-freire

    • I agree that I have learned a lot in this class and it has put me out of my comfort zone. I drew a picture and put it on the internet which I would normal never do! It was something that I really have not done since I was a child either. I have had a lot of teacher suggesting to draw picture for projects but I have never taken them up on it until now!

  • When I read Loris Malaguzzi’s “No way. The Hundred is There.” poem, I began to feel a little sad. I thought, shockingly, as to how true this perspective can be from a child’s view. “They tell the child that […]

    • I love how you used your 1st grade story to illustrate your understanding. Please make sure to include this story in your audio version! It would be a great audible story!

  • kvachet wrote a new post, "A Whole New World", on the site Kristen Vachet 7 years ago

    I am an avid observer. I love to people watch and I am hyper-sensitive to my surroundings. I chose to put a little twist onto this assignment and instead of choosing an indoor setting, I chose an outdoor setting: […]

    • I believe this song is from Aladdin, one of my favorite Disney songs. Yay!

      Details were noted through multiple senses — sight, touch, sound. You described emotional display and how you connect with music. Well, music does something truly remarkable that text alone does not.

      Without music, life would be a mistake. – Friedrich Nietzsche.

      Yes, no?

  • kvachet posted a new activity comment 7 years ago

    The majority of your reflection focuses on conclusions and details that I have thought of as well. I also believe that the best thinking is done with other people. By doing this, it allows you to broaden your perspective and gain a new insight on a situation that you might not have come across on your own. This also allows you to avoid any biases…[Read more]

  • kvachet posted a new activity comment 7 years ago

    I completely relate to thinking being like a shot of espresso. I’m a coffee addict and I tend to do my best work with coffee in hand as well. I think it’s very interesting how you related thinking to caffeine and how it comes in quick bursts, it’s so true. I have never really thought about it in that light but it makes sense. Thanks for getting me…[Read more]

  • kvachet posted a new activity comment 7 years ago

    This relates a lot to my perception of thinking in the aspect that I compared it to music as well. Each instrument, chord, rhythm, whatever you want to compare it to has a vital role in completing the piece, it’s a very intricate and complex process. This is much like thinking. Each little thought builds upon another thought and so on to arrive at…[Read more]

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