Since my 1800 word AMA project took me nearly 10 minutes to read we continued our class starting with the last few individuals to do their informal presentation.
Julie went first for the night and she explained how she has both a fixed and growth mindset depending on the environment. At school she is quiet and does not want to ask many questions and at home she is open to new things. Most of her examples were from her past so she received great feedback as to develop the now moments. Great start just needs a sharper focus.
Anna was next and she blew my mind. Literally I felt like I was in one of the commercials where the purple poof comes from the person’s head. She explained in detail the differences between choleric, sanguine, phlegmatic, and melancholy personalities. It detailed how with her phlegmatic personality others may view her as stupid or slow. She used great word choices in her persuasive piece. A critique that I hope she develops is what kind of environment people with phlegmatic identity flourish in as she referenced it twice, as well as showing her adaption to the world a little better.
Following was John and I really like his approach to this. All semester we as a class have been persuaded by Mr. Mangini to appeal more so to a growth mindset and declare that a fixed is inferior. John’s approached left many stunned for this pure fact. In his paper he is going to prove why in his opinion having a fixed mindset is just as self-serving as a growth. He did not read but I did however write a quote from him “Huge part of me, unraveling myself and putting back together”. He wants to show how far he has come with a fixed mindset as he identifies closely with the ideology. I hope he sticks to this and does not change to appease anyone but himself.
Kayleigh hit some heart strings. She focused on her own depression disorder and the struggles she had as a young women being told the medication treatment options. She also linked the depression to having a fixed mindset. I wonder Kayleigh, have you found any research in the field? She linked it as she discovered a growth mindset and flashed back to a time of despair. That was truly moving and a pronounced writer move. She received such criticisms of re-arrangement and focusing on one or two school incidents. Her transitions were great with the simplicity of her sentence structure and word choice.
Briahna followed and I felt very lost. Maybe due to the fact I have not read any of her writings as I have other classmates. Her intro was a little rough and she spoke about failing an AP Chemistry class. She was given suggestions to show her adaption a little stronger and make it clearer. “Tie it up in a little bow lifetime style”.
The first and only person in the class to choose the topic of how to raise a child with a growth mindset is Luis, who has no children. He used examples like when the child starts walking and falls pick them up, and always being present. I do the same as a parent for two children and did not think that is how once installs a growth mindset in raising a child. However, as we headed towards the end of his paper he brought his own father into the scenario. From here something special emerges. He showed truth and emotion. Many classmates felt it did not display a fix or growth mindset and using tools to adapt. I hope he continues with his father’s story and I know it may be painful. Any young man not being with a father day to day. One can burry those feelings deep down inside and when they come around who knows where it will land.
Next, was my main chick Kylie and her focus was on transitioning into college while facing a debilitating illness. Dan gave a great saying “I am not my illness”. Here paper was written well and just needed a little work on transitions and her adaption to having the illness. She is showing how she is doing things differently this time around with notes (oh crap did I send her notes this week? I think I did) and voice recorders. However, it is not giving a world view? I don’t even understand how a world view could be taken from it. Good luck. She did get a really good idea to focus at the first set of symptoms and tell the story from there.
Last, but not least was Lin. I took amazingly awesome notes for him and did not for myself. He wrote about coming to America from China and the struggles he faced in a new county with a language he barely spoke, let alone understood. He used podcasts to help learn English and studied double time to keep up with his first American college experience. Then he moves into to tell us how he failed, and instead of using the failure and running back to China. He stays. He grows. He tries again. His journey is powerful and moving.
Our class was also giving a vote to decide when we will receive our blog post 13 and 14. The majority of the class voted to take a break through the mid-term period and jump back in. However, me being the argumentative individual began to worry when he said two seconds before when we get back to class from mid-term conversations we are jumping straight into our Room For Debate project. I know in the first class Professor M. crossed research paper from the list of required writings, but this is the substitution for that cross off. I felt strongly about having the two blog posts assigned and explained to my class the reasoning. Low and behold the majority leaned toward having them assigned and a good chunk have them completed. I was nostalgic when he discussed what blog 13 will be all about. To watch the Democratic debate, draw out an issue or two, speak about what the candidates state, and what your personal stance is on it. Even though they all have different view points on guns they are all in favor of restriction as Democrats. So I figured I would at least get a good argumentative piece from the assignment.
Also, our websites were address as their progress will be a big part of our mid-term grade. Having a writer’s identity portrayed in our choice of backgrounds was address. Therefore I chose to change my theme more so towards the struggles of writing and women who have struggled with writing. I also realized since I completely changed my AMA project, I needed to update my prologue and epilogue. Mr. Mangini requested at least two drafts I am now lingering around twelve with three posted.
Closing the class we discussed what our mid-term grade would be based on and how our work will pretty much do the talking. Also requested was an elevator pitch. A one page, quick writing of what grade we believe we have earned and why. I have contemplated the last 6 weeks on how to go about mine. I wanted to see what grade he wanted to give me then either agree and show why or disagree and show why. However, Professor M. wants them to him no later than 6pm on Wednesday 10/21/15 in preparation for our conferences the following day. I submitted mine yesterday fully confident in the grade requested. I sure hope my confidence was not false.