For 13.5.19

Wonderful Writing

With everything you do this week, keep my Wonderful Writing in mind and apply it

  • Write one nice little paragraph about how you start off projects like Twyla Tharp describes in her “Scratching”, and where you demonstrate your ability to connect what you read to what you know — so that you will be better prepared to do the rest of the assignments thoughtfully.
  • Read another paragraph or two in Tharp and do the same for some other aspect of creative work and writing.

Looking for signs of intelligent life

  • Find something interesting in what a classmate has done, ask them about it, and apply it (directly or indirectly) to your homework in the next week and write up a short paragraph about it.
  • Read and apply something from my advice on Team Work and write up a short paragraph about some other what happened: the idea, the social dimension, and how you felt about it

MS Word Headings: Pair Work

We’re going to make sure everyone comes up to speed with the Outline View:

“Early Adopters” set up teams with “Late Majority” and where everyone has something to learn:

  • “Early” — How did you bring the horse to water, what was the learning problem, how has this experience changed the way you develop your team skills?
  • “Late” — What has gotten in the way of your genius and talents, what might you change to overcome this and similar problems, how has this experience changed the way you develop your team skills?
  • All: diagram (mind map) your help and be helped network

Document your shortcut notes with an annotated screen shot, as discussed on my Images page


Most everyone has whipped through Head First Excel as if there was nothing new, and my theory is that this is because you have been taught to view Excel in terms of expediency, in getting things done as efficiently as possible, and not as a problem of learning, discovery, logic, problem-solving or any other far more inherently interesting way to look at it.

  • Read my Wonderful Writing again and apply it to your study of Excel
  • Write for you, not for me, or better, write for your classmates and where you look for “a-ha!” experiences in the fundamentals
  • When making screenshots, select only a tiny part of it, cut out everything not essential to what you learn, and walk your reader through that interesting part
  • If you can’t find much of interest in the first chapter, it’s likely because you are blinded by your former approach, so go on to the next or the one after that until something bursts your bubble — this is normal, by the way, think of reading magazines: much of the time you turn pages, but then some image grabs you and you dig in: so maybe the thing to do is read HF Excel like a fashion magazine, or a mystery story, or a bedtime story, or whatever your favorite reading material might be until that moment hits — the moment when you scratch your head and think: “a-ha! now THAT is interesting!” and write that up as some excitement of discovery and to share with a classmate
  • Do this 3-5 times and until you convince yourself that you are learning something


Explain what is completely interesting about three aspects of e-commerce that you have found in our article and where you use my Wonderful Writing guide to do so. You are free to rewrite what you’ve already written up, but of course in new ways, or to write about something else. The main thing is to examine, note, and write up something about e-commerce in new, different ways and so expand your study and discussion tool kit.

Deepen your understanding of Formative Evaluation

  • Review my Evaluation page
  • Review our Checklist (on Dropbox)