For 30.5.17

As last week …

  1. Tell a story about your research topic
  2. Outlining Pipelines, Platforms
  3. What did you learn from working with partners?

Tell a story about your research topic

Write 1-3 pages on your research topic

  • Talk/Write. Explain what is so terribly interesting about your topic to someone else and then write it up: base your draft on this telling (not simply the ideas): note how, when you tell a story to someone, your story changes: it becomes easier to understand, you develop a “red thread”, you explain things differently.
  • Write it up after the telling, then tell it again to someone else and revise your story
  • Write up a paragraph describing what happened, with whom you discussed things, how things changed, and then include what you wrote up (including more than one draft if you’ve done so

What’s the method?

  • Free Writing” assumes that you already know a lot, beginning with your interests, but that trying to conform to one or another ideal, especially Classroom English (a very weird thing that should never escape the classroom), typically makes you and your work dead — pay attention to how your thinking process develops through the telling and drafting, and while it is nice to say “I learned so much,” it is even better to say that “before I explained it like this, but in the telling I told it differently, like this …”
  • The Red Thread is the organizing principle, what you develop when you explain things to someone, and you want to develop it first your way, with your voice, so that you can engage people — as we learn from Nancy Duarte — not how your storyline, the logic holding your story together, has changed
  • Once you get your basic story down we’ll then ask a bunch of questions, like where the business, applications, and systems might fit into it, then go look them up, explain how they might work, and somehow integrate them, too, without losing your “red thread” — see this draft as the backbone for revision

Outlining Pipelines, Platforms

Begin to outline this first of two articles, spend a good hour or two on this (manage your time carefully!) to the end of mastering this very smart article

  • Include your outline in your homework
  • Include a brief discussion of how and why you did what you did

We are looking at HOW you read such sophisticated articles

  • The issue here is not simply the article’s content, but as always, how you are building the reading, note-taking, and outlining skills for a lifetime of study
  • Note what part of the article you looked at first and why (and where there is no perfect way to read it: as we discussed, some start with diagrams, others with lists, others look things up: you gotta start somewhere and in some way before you can explore others
  • Practice skimming and scanning and where you develop an awareness of what grabs you, what you skip over (you MUST skip over much!!! It’s perfectly ok to skip to what grabs you!)
  • Then, having identified what grabs you, scan for the important things, like the sub-heads, figure out what is going on with them, then outline
  • While we are reading this to understand their argument, what I want you to write up is how your developed your method self-consciously, how you struggled to understand and when and where you figured things out (and so have reason to celebrate!): yes, outline parts of the article, but prepare your outline as what you learned, not simply what the article says: what did you think about, discover, question, look up, etc.

What did you learn from working with partners?

List and discuss what you’ve learned from others both in class and outside, in big and in small, direct and indirect

  • The purpose is to help you learn how to learn
  • That it is often most helpful to check your understanding in discussion with others
  • And often what you get from someone else is not “content in a bottle,” but perspective, support, confirmation, questions, etc. … write about that: what have you found helpful (and how how often did you bring it up? What habits have you developed to further your school work through informal discussion?