Make Cycles

Our course is organized by “make cycles,” a term I borrow from Connected Learning. You can find the tasks for each cycle in the drop down menu above.

Google+ Community

We will share most of our work in a Google+ Community. We will upload images, respond to each other’s ideas, and share links and “makes” here.

Grade Updates Sent

Grade Updates Sent

From my email to y’all:

Moments ago, you should have received an individual email with a grade update. You’ll get one of these every week or so and certainly at the end of a cycle. Some things to note:

  • I tend to give full credit for all work. So, if you have less than full points it means you either missed part of the prompt (easy to tell if you have 1/2 the points) or it’s really short and does not have enough depth (something like a 7/10 or 8/10). Look at the examples on our website (under Example Student Work page) to get a sense of expectations. Or look around at others on our G+ and notice that people write some long and gloriously thorough posts (thank you!). A couple of points will not hurt your overall grade and I would expect to see your posts get better and better, so no worries.
  • If you received a 15/20 on your Make, you simply missed the process part (telling us why you approached the make the way you did, your process, any issues, etc.). You can add that now if you want and I’ll update your grade. Just let me know when it’s added (email me). I have two examples of the process below from Krystina and Madison (thank you!) if you want some good examples of this part.
  • Note that at this moment, 5 points looks like it kills your grade, but it’s because it’s 40/45 total (so a B+). Total points for the class when we’re all done is 325. 320/325 is an A. Missing a couple of things will be okay, but more than that really starts to effect your grade. And missing a Make assignment is brutal…don’t miss those 20 points every 2 weeks. 😉
  • I really can’t take late work. Every time my classes blog or write posts I have 98 assignments to read…so 98 on Wednesdays and 98 on Sundays…close to 200 posts per week. I love love love reading these, so that’s not the issue, but keeping track of late ones or updates is just no fun. You’ll need to get things in on time. thank you!

Okay, that’s enough of the grade details for now. You are writing beautiful responses to the ideas in class so far. I am so grateful for the clearly hard work you put into your posts and your first makes!

Finally, one pro-tip: if you are getting a ton of G+ notifications, you can change the notification settings by clicking on the dots, then Preferences, then Community Notifications.

THANKS FOR CLICKING ON THE EMAIL LINK! We ended up with 26/34 people, so much better than our original 13!

Here’s the example process explanation for the makes:

From Madison:

I chose to write a poem about my middle name. I chose a poem since poems are usually my preference for expressing myself in writing. I prefer rhyming with light work, such as a poem about my name. If I’m writing something much deeper, I tend to not rhyme. It really depends on the tone of my poem, and how effective I feel rhyming will or will not be. Our names tend to define who we are, since there usually is meaning behind them. My middle name come from part of my dad’s name. Considering how close I am with my dad, I almost felt it was fitting to write about my middle name. My last name is important too, but I’m getting ready to get married, and my first and middle name are the two parts of my name that will not legally change in 4 months.

From Krystina:

For this week’s make, I decided to create a poem that incorporates the theme of names from our readings. Inspired by the theme of “name”, I opted to share some of my life and how my name has defined it (or how my life has defined my name!). Repetition is a great literary tool that, when used correctly, can teach the reader something new and leave more of an impact by emphasizing the author’s purpose. By repeating the same words and formatting from stanza to stanza, I hoped to create some rhythm. This rhythm and word selection should hopefully inspire the reader to understand the importance I place on spelling my name correctly as that was my goal with this poem.

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