CJ SanJose's Skills, Dispositions, Insights & Obstacles
- active listening
- creative thinking
- working with peers
- technology smart
Now looking back at these, not only did I improve in some of these like creative thinking and teamwork, but I developed a whole other list of new skills:
- How to ask questions...about everything!
- How to "dig-deeper"
- Giving explanation with examples (without examples, there is no way of understanding!)
- Relating different subjects with others (MAPS. maps are a such a useful tool.)
As you can see, my skills form before were a lot more basic compared to the new things that I have learned. This class was all about learning new skills and ways to strategically plan your papers and ways of thinking. These skills are things that I have actually used with people outside of the class. I began to ask more and more questions when I am in conversation with others. I believe that asking questions was the most useful skill that I learned to do within this class. Although, I will definetly use these in all of my other classes.
NEVER BE AFRAID TO SPEAK YOUR MIND.
Even though that is something I believe I still need to work on, it is something that can truly help you find who you are as a person and who you are as a thinker.
Again... always ask questions.
NEVER GIVE UP.
Your mentality is based on your own capabilities. Find what type of thinker you are.
- When there's a will, there is a way!
- There is more to everything
- Do not just assume!
- The internet can not always give you the correct answer..
- Society, media, and the internet are making us believe that we need to be someone else that we are not.
- There is never just ONE answer.
- The way we think and our assumptions can be easily manipulated.. when we do not even see it coming.
All of the videos that we watched and all the discussions about the technological advancements, really put things into perspective for me. The video with the movie theater and all of the motorcycle gang members sitting in the seats and the british gum commercial, taught a lot about assumptions. We cannot always assume that something is the way that it is.. which why going into depth using the skills we have learned is important when making an argument.
Here is a gum commercial that has gone viral. This commercial grabs the audience's attention by creating a love story between two teenagers. And the message that it is portraying is that you will fall in love by chewing and sharing Extra gum, just how this couple did.
Another obstacle regarding this class is the structure. To be honest, thought vectors is still a little confusing to me. And the way we are being graded is still very vague to me. That is one big issue that I have because since we are not graded by points, it was hard to manage writing and doing blogs. The fact that we had to do things on our own, made me realize a lot about myself. For instance, I need to plan my schedule better in order to complete the work and I need to do things for myself and not others because my development is based upon myself. Completing things has been a struggle for me because I never know whether I have to do something or not. But then that is when I realized, we are doing all these things for our own good, not for Dr.Hale's. We are trying to build our own character and ways of thinking that will work best for us.
As we get through the semester, these obstacles become less hard to overcome because our minds are working, growing, and opening. Whether you do not unerstand a question or activity or assignment, you have to persevere and think. Ask questions. Utilize everthing in your surroundings whether it is the internet, your peers, or your awesome professor! That is one of the most important things to remember when you are being challenged or have a problem. Do not be afraid to ask for help.