Opening Freewrite: Describe a time when you learned something deeply.
Note: Jen purposely kept this instruction general. Tomorrow, you will find out why.
Rules for Freewriting:
- There is only one rule: Keep your pen moving.
- First thought, Best Thought (so whatever comes to your head right away is “right”). I.e. learning to ride a bike. Learning to read. Learning to dive off the high dive.
- Go off on tangents (as thoughts occur to you, explore them, even if they are “off topic”
- Write the “wrong” thing (a time you did NOT learn something, for example)
- Switch topics (if you start writing about a time you learned something and you think of another time/event, go with it)
- Improvise your spelling
- Use grammar creatively
- Repeat words or phrases if you get stuck
- Write, “I don’t know” over and over again until something better occurs to you
Metaphors of Note for Freewriting:
1) Sitting in Full Lotus for 24 hours while mosquitoes bite you
2) Message in a Bottle
Small Group Discussion Questions
- Appoint a group recorder. Share your FULL names. Group recorder writes down each person’s name.
- Share your story in two sentences or less. Group recorder captures key words.
- Question: In terms of constructing a theory of learning, what do your stories have in common? Group recorder, write this down in two or three sentences.
As you watch the video, ask yourself this question: What underlying assumptions about learning does this video operate on? In other words, what is the theory of learning (what it is, how one learns) this video argues?