02 THU SEP 06

A writer is someone for whom writing is more difficult
than it is for others. 

—Thomas Mann


40 thoughts on “02 THU SEP 06”

  1. Three conferences during the semester. The first is to be before ? there is the wrong date in the access point in the left tab for the conferences.

    There is no final however, there is a final portfolio.

    Complete access chart before Monday. I need a photo and text confirmation.

    White Paper- the purpose is to get into the habit of interacting with material while doing research. A collection of sources, a place for drafting, a brainstorming platform with backup. A purposeful dumping ground, multiple opening paragraphs, sources that are annotated, working hypothesis that may or may not be true. It is like the organized landfill. Eventually those materials will be used to create a final product.

    Thinking doesn’t occur during the reading process. Writing is thinking. Statement by David Hodges. Basically, start a draft, put something on paper. Prof uses 2 working hypothesis, one of which is hopeful the other is not.


    1. Outlie is a main guide, including links to pages and posts. We have to develop a habit of taking notes properly-condensing the information and filtering important clues. Summarising is another important aspect we will be spending our time on. Taking notes it leads to better summarising.
      If someone happened to miss a class – no problem; working with the professor and staying in touch is a key to succeed in this class( do not miss classes!)
      We were introduced to a White Paper which is a place to demonstrate how ones project is going.
      Writing is thinking!


      1. Be careful, Wisemann. You appear to have posted your Reply to Marvel’s Reply. To post a new Reply to the Page (instead of to another commenter’s Reply), scroll through all the Replies to the bottom and launch a new Reply.

        Your Notes are strong overall, just not quite up to the standard set by AlpacaQueen. (https://counterintuitivefa18.com/agendas-2/agenda-mon-jan-22/comment-page-1/#comment-1532)

        For example, there’s no indication in your Reply what makes a good Summary: “Summarizing is another important aspect we will be spending our time on. Taking notes it leads to better summarizing.”

        2 out of 3 Participation points


    2. That’s very strong, Marvel. Your “White Paper” section is excellent. You can save yourself some trouble by using punctuation to attribute quotes. Fore example: “Writing is thinking.” —Hodges

      3 out of 3 Participation points


  2. White Paper = Pile in as much information and research as you can. In order to make writing your paper easier, with all of the information you need in one place.

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  3. We reviewed all of the necessary topics needed for us to succeed in this class such as where to submit assignments, what to take notes on, and how to think critically in order to make work that is a failure, less so. Also, we talked about the riddle given to us in the beginning of class regarding the bottle of scotch, where the answer was that once devoid of scotch the bottle is simply a bottle, emphasizing the importance of the way we word things in English. Perhaps the most intriguing subject that was brought out was that ideas do not form until one starts to form sentences and expresses thoughts that thus turn into coherent topics. Also, we learned that WordPress is an important tool in compiling information, “rough drafts”, or even more minute rough drafts for different types of concepts, introductions, or even possible things that one can discuss. An item that came up regarding the whitepaper on why there will always be polio is that even if everyone is vaccinated for polio, there still will be some that will get polio due to said vaccinations, which is an excellent example of counter intuitive writing.


    1. You’ve written the right amount of material for excellent class Notes, WaywardSundial, and much of your work is excellent. Once you eliminate the “talked about” passages that describe TOPICS discussed instead of CLAIMS made, you’ll be converting new material into your own simple arguments, which is the goal of the Notes exercise.

      Talked About passage:“We reviewed all of the necessary topics needed for us to succeed in this class such as where to submit assignments, what to take notes on, and how to think critically in order to make work that is a failure, less so.”

      Revised into Claims:
      —Submit Assignments to the blog, not paper.
      —Notes should mimic first drafts of Purposeful Summaries of class material.
      —Examine new material critically.
      —Produce claims as we listen or read and share them as drafts.
      —Endlessly revise to fail repeatedly, but better each time.

      You’ll easily hit the 3/3 mark next time.
      2 out of 3 Participation points this time.


  4. doestmatter@davidhodges.com (email)

    -must have 3 conferences with professor 2 during the semester and one at final time.
    -1st half way through and another after the 1st half
    -prof only at rowan on tuesday and thursday but can skype if needed
    -davidbdale at almost all social media sites
    -text or email ifclass i going to be missed. follow along the guideling for that day on wordpress (left collumn of home page)

    – “fail everytime, but better”
    – annotaded bib – summarize source, reflct on how well it helped or didnt, critque source, explain or question credibility of the source
    * use “white paper” throughout the semester as you find sources and ideas and
    dump all ideas, summaries, critiques etc.
    – while reading source turn it into language. taking what you read and turning into ideas
    – wite while you read sources
    * summaries
    – first draft sucks
    – don’t fall in love with first draft hurts more when its critique
    – follow “writing is thinking” steps in white paper lecture
    – cutting is the last step. take out what isn’t needed
    -use “white paper” to practice different parts of essay and multiple hypothesis/ also create notes on small samples of writing


  5. Sept. 6 Notes
    Important information from syllabus: three meetings are required throughout semester, twice during semester, one during finals week. Notes are measure of participation (5%).
    Motto of writing, “Fail every time, but be better”.
    Will need an annotated bibliography, which states the usefulness and authenticity of the sources. White papers help us with annotated bibliographies. At end of semester, cut down our white papers to a precise 3000 words.
    Polio white paper- Trying to end polio altogether, but still very few cases. White papers are to write to figure out what we think. Form ideas when you try to tell them. Brain storming by yourself is useless. One should collect, read, and write about your sources as they read it. Then write a disorganized essay, and keep on revising it. Don’t bother perfecting your first draft. Thinking doesn’t occur during reading process. Most of the time we read is to affirm our own ideas.
    Write multiple hypothesis and then write practice openings for those hypothesis, with critiquing. Grading process: start with a disorganized white paper, then following drafts are more precise and better critiqued.


    1. Syllabus/Wordpress:
      -The daily agenda is what we will complete each day in class
      -Course outline is used as a guide.
      -Record our own attendance by posting meaningful concise notes.
      -Notes get us into the habit of getting to the heart of the matter and identifying the thesis.
      -When the scotch bottle is bare, there is no such thing as an empty scotch bottle it turns into an empty bottle of scotch.
      -If absent look at the agenda and become aware of missed work.
      @davidbdale– Skype
      -Atleast one face to face meeting within first 7 weeks of semester
      White Paper: Research is a process of learning and discovery. It is a hunt for whatever the woods has to offer stated by David Hodges. Start the process by summarizing and putting your thoughts down on the white paper. Professor can help when we use white paper, he can look on the paper instead of asking what we are thinking. Thinking occurs when we begin writing. Collect sources, read them and while reading them we should write.
      First drafts are awful, revision is never ending. “We fail every time, but better”

      In order to be successful, stay in touch with Professor.


  6. The course outline is essentially the projected schedule we will go through the agenda, and as such is less critical than the agenda itself.
    The agenda has everything we need to keep up in the class, and is kept accurate to our progress.
    Three conferences are required during the course, for feedback and guidance purposes.
    A required “White Paper” will be our bibliographic compendium, containing both the sources of our information and summaries of their relevant content. This way our progress is visible at a glance.
    All portions of the writing process that aren’t dirrectly constructive are a waste of time, and worse, encourage stagnation.
    In writing, remember Sturgeon’s Law: 90% of everything is crap. Don’t get attached to anything you make, or the idea of making something decent on the first try. It will suck, and it will take work.
    The final step should be trimming the fat, not padding.


  7. Sept. 6 Notes

    The Agendas give very detailed information on what we will be doing in class that day. Notes need to be specific, makes us better purposeful writers. Each link opens a new tab. The best way to improve your grade is to stay in touch with Professor Hodges. Otherwise, he feels useless because he can not help you. Anything @davidhodges.com is the most efficient email to contact our professor. Skype username is @davidbdale. Course outline is very thorough even though it is not accurate yet. Three conferences are required every semester. Research is a process of learning and discovery. Not a hunting expedition. It is a walk in nature to see what is true. The purpose of My White Paper is to demonstrate how far along or what direction you are headed with your project. There is no value in thinking about my sources. Brainstorming is a total waste of time if you are by yourself. Collect sources, read the sources, and write about the sources while you read them. Fail every time, but better. First drafts are crap. Some times you need to chop the head off your first draft and slice it open. Writing is thinking. Find too much material then cut it down to the essentials. You can critique yourself in your White Paper. The White Paper is key to accomplishing the 3,000 word paper due at the end of the semester. Find one academic source then look at the source list of that source. Have more than one hypothesis to stay nimble and open to ideas. Long story short, The White Paper is the key to success in this class.


  8. Note taking is a way to practice purposeful summaries. A purposeful summary is the refined, distilled, message that the author conveys.
    Stay in touch. The best way to improve grade is to be in active contact with the professor.
    Course outlines are a general overview of topics covered in the course. Agendas are an accurate page of what is covered in class. Agendas are organized by date order, and subject to change for accuracies sake.
    Research is a journey. The path along the way, the knowledge gained, is more important than the destination. Learning, changing a perspective, is the goal of research.
    White paper is a landfill for sources. It serves as a space to organize sources, hypotheses, and thoughts.
    We don’t know what we believe until it needs to be vocalized. Writing is a way to organize the chaos and truly think. The last step is to cut, not to write. Write more than what is needed, then cut down what is unnecessary.
    Examine the source-list of an academic paper to have a one stop shop for sources.


  9. -summaries and notes should focus on the viewpoint of the author/instructor, not what they talked about in general
    -summaries must read like a coherent argument
    -reaching out to the professor is an important part of succeeding and achieving a satisfactory grade
    -agendas are only found through the sidebar
    -professor will most likely not come to campus on MWF. However, he will do skype calls or meet on TR.
    -research is a process of learning and discovery, not a hunt for proof to back up your claim
    -research can be compared to hunting, to where you don’t hunt specifically for something you may or may not find, you hunt for whatever you find and can consume
    -when making a bibliography, list a summary of the information and what it may help the writer prove
    -the white paper is the place to demonstrate where your project is going
    -we write not by describing what’s in our heads, but by organizing thoughts and communicating clearly
    -there’s no value in thinking about sources or just collecting sources
    -brainstorming is a waste of time without communicating the thoughts in an organized fashion to someone else
    -write sources as you read them. Otherwise, details or ideas that appear during the reading process may be forgotten
    -if you’re in love with your first draft, it’s very difficult to kill it with criticism
    -write drafts that are too long to allow for important cutting off unimportant details
    -self-critique is important when writing a white paper
    -write several practice openings in order to brainstorm with your words and find an opening that fits your hypothesis best
    -standards will increase for each draft that passes by, therefore quality should increase with every edit and rebuild
    -examine sources in the academic article found from a search on your hypothesis
    -hypotheses develop and change over time, a stagnant hypothesis is not a good one
    -working steadily throughout the semester will leave the final draft with smaller work to be done


  10. Research is not a process of discovery.
    White paper is a place to demonstrate how your work is going.
    We don’t have ideas until we communicate
    There is no value I thinking about sources
    Write about your sources while you read them.
    If you can’t put what it’s in your mind in writing, then you have no idea


  11. What I learned in Comp II is…
    -Everything’s always on the agendas
    -Tiger’s coming back, baby.
    -“My White Paper,” always have white paper around to write a brief summary when writing down a source and jot down ideas that come to mind
    -There is no value in thinking about your sources. Sources come from the hypothesis, not the other way around
    -“Fail every time, but better,” “First drafts are crap,” ie. don’t spend too much time creating the ‘perfect’ rough draft
    -Best way to find sources is to find one good source and check out all of that writing’s sources


    1. – in the white paper, we have to pile up the maximum information facts and research and combine all the information together to make the work easier. Also it process to demonstrate your quality of work.

      – Research is a process of learning and not a process of searching or predation of information. It is like walking around the nature and see what is true.

      – The main thinking occurs when we start the process of writing. Also along with that, we fail every time, but by that only we can get better.

      – If we missed a lecture then, check that days agenda and catch up with the work. And also inform the professor about it before hand via email or text.


  12. I was here today. I was having some issues with my laptop. I’m going to edit this with my notes once I get home tonight.


    1. Agenda:
      We went over the blog and its ins and outs. We learned how attendance works and how replying to the agenda works. I learned that my professor is lenient with things if you’re open about them. I explained my laptop issues to him and he completely understood what my situation was. There’s three conferences that are mandatory throughout the semester I must have with my professor (though I’d probably be in his office more than just those times). We went over what the White Paper is. I personally like to think of it as an active and living dump of all my personal writing ideas/ initial openings.


  13. Writing Blogs= the most important part of college comp II. Writing blogs about the class will generally help us become stronger writers by the end of the 15-week course.


    There is always something on white paper that can benefit someone. We write by what pops in our head. Yes, this will probably be shitty, but it’s better to get advice early before you are four pages deep into your research paper.


  14. Identifying key details makes for effective note taking. The practice of replying to the blog will help with refelcting on each class adequately. The importance of communication with the professor was dicussed. This includes two meetings during the semester, as well as one during finals week, along with texts and emails. The more communication we have, the better chance we have at succeeding! Brainstorming was discussed as a waste of time. When you begin writing things down and putting things into language, thats when you begin to have an actual idea. The “white paper” was introduced and will be vital to organzing and effectively brainstorming . It will be a draft that will be continulously cut down, re-ogranzied, and edited to create a final persuassive essay. “Fail every time, but better”.


  15. – There’s no such thing as a empty bottle of scotch. Once the bottle is empty, it is no longer a bottle of scotch.
    – It is important to keep in touch with the professor.
    – Looked over the access checklist.
    – Looking at the agenda for class can help you be prepared if you miss a class.
    – It is required to meet with the professor three times for every student each semester.
    – The course outline shows everything that we do for each week. Then under the day it has all the links that we use for class.
    – White Paper- starts with the bibliography information
    – Puts all information on the white paper and then it would be required to put it into language
    – The purpose of the white is to put all your ideas and research in one spot. The professor can also find it easily.
    – Finding key details helps for effective note taking.
    – When we write, we must organize all the information in our heads.
    – A hypothesis starts to form with one source.
    – Brainstorming is a waste of time.
    – When we put our thoughts into words, that is how you find out what you believe in.
    – Need to interact with your sources.
    – “Fail every time, but better”.
    – First drafts are crap
    – Writing is thinking
    – Learned the process for writing and thinking and showed us the most effective technique.


  16. Three meetings with the professor throughout the semester
    -Once in the first half
    -Once in the second half
    -Once during finals week(there is no final)

    Annotated Bibliography
    -List of the sources explaining importance and relevance to the paper
    -Included in the white paper

    White Paper:
    -Gather all materials(sources, hypotheses, openings)
    -Helps figure out what sources are needed for the developing hypotheses
    -Collect sources and write about them not think about them
    -Helps put together draft(brainstorming) and revising/editing
    -Practice openings for each hypothesis
    -Grading process- unorganized first paper, second should be advanced from the last and so on
    -2-3 grades from white paper
    -Need a 3000-word paper by end of semester


  17. 9/6 Notes

    Notes taken in class should get to the point and identify the overall message/meaning. Getting to the point leads to becoming a more purposeful summarizer where claims can be easily made from other author’s work.

    White Paper: A place where sources can be gathered and organized, which lead to the development of ideas (brainstorming). Also where essay material is accumulated. Find the bibliographical information and put it in the blog, this makes for a more effective summary. White paper indicates the progress of your project, and is critical for narrowing down a strong hypothesis. It is a bridge between your early ideas and the professors feedback.

    Research is a process that consists of discovery and knowledge. It is looking for the unknown, not what is already known. Reading generally in a topic that is familiar helps branch out to new ideas by utilizing others claims and information.

    Sources: There has been no progress made even after all sources have been gathered. In order to make a claim, there must be some type of interaction with the source. Progress is made, by describing the information in the source using your own words (summarizing). Only by doing this, the meaning of the source can be discovered and used to back up a claim. By reading source after source and not analyzing it by summarizing, each meaning and main point will be forgotten.

    Counter intuitive writing is reflected in the polio example. Vaccinations are given to polio patients that can lead to negative effects such as paralysis or the patient actually contracting polio. However most of these vaccinations are successful in preventing the spread of polio.

    “Thinking occurs during the writing process.”
    “Research is not a hunt for something we know, its the hunt for the unknown prey.” -David Hodges


  18. To be a successful student in professor Hodges class, just communicate with him. Everything is always on the agenda before class. We write to find out what we believe. It’s no value in thinking about sources when writing because it’s a waste of time. The time to think about the sources and to organize the thoughts is after the finished first draft


  19. Sept. 6 Notes:
    There are 3 required conferences throughout the course, one in the first and second half and one during finals week. Must schedule on Tuesdays or Thursdays on any source of face to face communication. No final will be given instead a portfolio will be turned in.
    White paper is used to gather sources and their data to start drafts of the final 3,000 research essay. Starting to write summaries will help identify portions of the data collected and how to interpret the research as a guide. Annotate while reading to find what information is needed or reliable, if not find new sources. When trying to explain our writing we create language by forming ideas and a point of view. This comes on the spot not by brainstorming and sticking to one hypothesis. The original hypothesis will change over all the research done. The point of having many hypothesis is to find the truth not build on to something you already believe in. Always be open-minded to change the hypothesis. There will be many drafts and each one will be better than the previous one. “Fail every time, but better” There could never be a final draft without it needing improvements.


  20. There are 3 conferences with the professor, 2 of them take place during the semester and 1 during finals week.

    Writing notes on the blogs help us practice writing the important details. It makes us better summarizers.

    White Paper is place to write down all your ideas, sources, as well as creating many hypotheses to see which one can work the best to write the research paper. It’s just a place to write all ideas down when you are reading, as writing is thinking.

    It is a waste of time reading and collecting sources. You could be forming hypothesis and ideas instead. You don’t truly know your own ideas unless you say them out loud in your own words.

    Cutting is the last step. Make the first draft as clear as possible by eliminating work that isn’t needed. Remember to not fall in love with the first draft as you’ll get hurt more when it is critiqued.

    “Fail every time, but better.”


  21. -Meet with professor halfway through the course and again at the end of the semester.
    -As sources are used, post onto white pages.
    -Ready to defend the truth with multiple hypothesis. Not stuck on one view point.


  22. -Went over what was on the agenda for today
    -When you click on the tabs, they open up in a new window but backwards
    ~For them to go in order start from the bottom
    – The syllabus is located on the left side, under the page menu
    -The white paper is a place where you dump stuff, you don’t want to get rid of the material because it good to give you a start
    ~It becomes a place where you start a draft
    – “Fail every time, but better”
    – Professor conferences need to be done 3 times during the semester
    – Don’t need to read the white paper to take the 10 question survey


  23. Notes Sept. 6

    Course outline- general overview guide to the semester, not completely accurate
    Agenda- day by day outline that can be modified, can be previewed to prepare before class.
    Replies are not limited and can be replaced. Replies are meant to filter down to the thesis of the material discussed and identify important details. Think of them as summarizing with purpose/ synthesizing material.

    The best way to improve grade is to keep in touch with the professor.
    Missed class? Look at agenda and go over the linked materials posted.

    Three conferences are necessary during the semester. These can be done in person or over skype. Skype: @davidbdale

    Research is a process of learning and discovery as opposed to a hunt for a known conclusion. It is a search for truth not confirmation of previously established beliefs.

    White Paper – Area to put any and all resources that may have connections to the hypothesis.
    -Place to demonstrate progress of the paper. This allows the professor to provide feedback.
    – A process of discovery and enhancement. Self critique is encouraged. Interaction and modification of sources is key.

    Beliefs are strongest after communication with others and are crafted during verbal expression or putting them into words.
    “The hypothesis doesn’t wait on the research.” Write about sources as you read them and move it around. Failure is expected, but work can be endlessly revised.

    Gather more than enough material and then cut it to quintessential ideas.
    Divide the paper into sections: 1000 word definition, cause and effect, and rebuttal essay


    1. Fantastic notes, AlpacaQueen. They consist almost entirely of straightforward claims. Some are definitions. Some (like: Beliefs are strongest after communication with others and are crafted during verbal expression or putting them into words) are causal. Some are instructions. All are simple and clear. Reading them now, or ten weeks from now, I would remember and understand what was said in class.

      3 out of 3 Participation points.


  24. -Meet with professor 6-7 weeks into the semester
    **annotated bibliography for our portfolio (describe contents of sources and reflect how useful it was for your argument with annotations).
    -“White Paper” is a place where you put all your ideas, sources, hypotheses, etc. Anything you can think of. It will become a place where you can create your drafts.
    -“We write to figure out what we believe/think”
    -Two or three portfolio grades
    -Have a couple of hypotheses. “That’s what research is for. Find out what you believe as you go.”


  25. Fail every time, but better.

    White paper

    Need an annotated bibliography, describe the contents of the source and reflect on how useful it was to you.
    How persuasive the article is
    White paper is where you put everything together.
    Just identify the portion that was useful to you
    White paper becomes a place where you form drafts.
    Might even find your hypothesis there.
    He makes the assignment early so we can build collection to material and begin to see reaction to it.
    Professor tries to show models whenever he can
    We write it because to figure out what we think
    Not an idea in your head until your speaking to someone else
    Making language to response to what we are saying
    While we read our first source turn it into “language”, make it valuable
    Find out what you’re really thinking in your first draft
    DO NOT Fall in love with first draft, IT IS BAD ANYWAYS
    More you read you feel as though you have an idea for your writing
    Self critique
    Have all the material for the research paper
    Write a definition argument

    Want to have a couple of hypothesis to figure out what is the truth
    Find out how you while you write
    Find new beliefs


  26. Writing help us find out what we believe and allow us to discover the power of communication. We talked about how sharing our thoughts with others create a learning environment in which we are capable of building elaborate ideas. I believe that communication is a very useful technique to expand the scope of our point of view; however, not everyone feels comfortable doing so. Writing is a long process due to its complexity. As many other things in life, writing involves failure. The papers we compose might have multiple errors, but we will be able to identify the considerably improvement of our papers every time fix them. On the other hand, we talked about the importance of white paper and concluded that this collection of materials guides us through our papers and let us imagine where we are going. When we do research, we find out that it is not always okay to be stuck to our not too veridical notion because we will not always be right.


  27. Notes on September 6, 2018

    “White Papers” are a way to progressively add on to whatever topic we choose to write about. “Writing is thinking” and white papers are a way to create something out of all of our sources, information, and any hypothesis over time.
    We also went over the course outline, and that the access checklist completed by Monday Sept. 10th.
    We also went over agendas and how we can view them to prepare for classes.
    3 conferences per semester.


  28. The syllabus is located at the top of the sections on the left of the website and on one of the links on the date of September 6, 2018

    Course outline link on the date of September 6 gives a general overview of the class but the daily agenda gives me more information on the daily

    White paper is a way to use all of my academic materials such as research, notes, and summaries to create my essay

    Creating ideas in my head and telling them to someone is the best way to have more details about my piece of work

    Create multiple hypotheses for my work and start it with an opening paragraph explaining the argument, then self-critique


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