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ENG 1103: Significant Learning Experiences and Habits of Mind

Today in class, you wrote two paragraphs about a significant learning experience of yours that occurred outside of school. In the first paragraph, you recounted the experience with specific details. In the second one, you addressed the significance of the experience.

After you wrote those paragraphs in your journal, you and three of your classmates collaboratively planned and composed a paragraph that mentioned each specific learning experience and the qualities that they shared.

Takeaways

  • That sequence of two exercises (journal writing followed by group discussion and writing) offered you the opportunity to reflect on both your individual learning and the commonalities among your learning experiences as a group of people with whom you are developing a learning community.
  • Focusing in the classroom on your learning outside of the classroom underscore the differences between the two. We frequently enjoy learning and find it rewarding, but in an institutional setting, it often becomes a chore, a requirement to be endured.
  • Look back on today’s journal writing and group exercise as starting points for thinking of your college classes as opportunities for significant learning experiences rather than drudgery.

Habits of Mind

In the second half of class, you began working on a series of short pieces of writing focusing on four habits of mind cultivated by successful college students: curiosity, openness, engagement, and persistence.*

Next week you will begin working on a series of short pieces of writing focusing on four additional habits of mind cultivated by successful college students: persistence, responsibility, flexibility, and metacognition.

Next Up

Friday, January 14, marks our first Wordplay Day of the semester. To prepare for your team Scrabble games, review the Tips and Tools page on the Scrabble site. Also browse my blog posts devoted to Scrabble. To view those posts, click the Scrabble link in the yellow categories square (below the pink pages square) on the right side of the screen.


*In 2011, the Council of Writing Program Administrators (CWPA), the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE), and the National Writing Project (NWP) identified eight habits of mind that successful college students adopt: curiosity, openness, engagement, creativity, persistence, responsibility, flexibility, and metacognition.

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