For 29.11.18

No-nonsense learning for you

For every thing that you do (below),

  1. Tell a real story about learning, and where you describe confronting a difficulty, seeking an answer, and coming up with a solution that you can put to use
  2. Explain the problem in your own words, as you would explain it to yourself and others and not simply what the MS Word Support or other pages say: link to them, but in your own words explain what one might find there, what is going on and so “know how” (not simply “how to”)
  3. Explain the principle, including some larger idea, method, concept, etc., that will apply to other things, so that this tiny discussion of inserting headers, for example, offers a key to understanding other parts of MS Word or applications more generally
  4. Create working notes, notes for you, and simply not for me, notes you can rely on when later you forget, test those notes, and be prepared to demonstrate your mastery of them

Spend serious time on this

Your portfolio takes the place of an exam, where you would study 10 or more hours, so spread those hours out over the semester, adding one to the two you are expected to do for a four hour class, plus one hour as you adapt the exercise to your purposes

Mastering MS Word

  • Shortcuts. For starters, create notes on the meaningful shortcuts that you have actually learned, not just copied: I will ask you to demonstrate your mastery in class; make notes like this: “Move: ⇧⌃↑↓” (copy and use my symbol list: ⌃⌥⌘ fn ⇧⇥ ⌫→←↑↓☐✓⇒☞ ↩︎ ⌤ √ )
  • Copying Styles. As we demonstrated in class, but do it over again and write up notes that you have tested, that you can be sure will work for your at some later time (when you’ve forgotten)
  • One or more other things about MS Word, by working through any or all of the Mastering the Outline View articles and where you learn how to look things up on your own, find interest, mastery and reward in building your understanding of this powerful application
  • Submit ONLY this week’s homework, save the rest for your final portfolio
  • If you are bored with the basics, learn how to insert and use Images

Read Head First SQL to learn

As we practiced in class, read as much of the first chapter of Head First SQL as you can, but go slowly and practice:

  • Explain the pictures. Read them carefully and closely, so that you learn what they intend to convey, how differently they think about the problem than you do, and so to discover things about SQL that you had not thought of before: tell a story of your first impressions, how you learned to see two or three things you had not thought of, and so how you have learned to build on your impressions
  • Explain the concepts, the principles, the practices, and so the larger things that are going one, beginning with a comparison to what you know and, again, with how your understanding has changed, for example: what is a “table,” what does it remind you of, and looking closely at what they say, what is special about tables in a relational database? Do this for any concept or principle that catches your attention: ask what it is that makes a think so big!
  • Look for your real world example, as you will see that I have on my data bookmarks page, some fascinating use of database in business, so you might imagine how our little study of database language works out in the big world

Who is your (business) hero?

We all need heroes, guides to action, and we can find them just about anywhere, for example, as my friend Justinus Pieper finds them in the ancient philosophers, by looking up “most famous businesswomen” or “most famous businessmen” and looking for great examples, so that you might more easily imagine yourself learning as others have done