Develop 3-6 learning goals for yourself in this class. You'll use (and revise) these goals to track the progress of your learning throughout CTW.
CTW is a skills-based class designed to cultivate essential critical thinking, writing, and research skills for your academic life as a student, your working life as a professional, and your public life as a citizen. Research shows that metacognitive exercises--thinking about thinking/about what you're learning--increase the amount you learn and improve your ability to transfer what you've learned from one context to another. This ongoing assignment also promotes self-regulated learning--keeping you focused on what you plan to learn from this class--which will help you approach readings, assignments, and in-class work with your individual learning agenda in mind.
This will be a document you revise over time. Using Google Docs or a word processing program (Word, Pages, etc), throughout the quarter you'll mark and date the changes you make to your goals and progress toward them to create a record of your learning. These changes will record the progress you make on these goals and revise them as necessary (as you learn more about these skills and your plans for their future use).
Draw on these materials and ideas to develop your original goals:
- today's readings ("What Is College For?", WPA Outcomes Statement, CTW Learning Goals & Objectives -- linked on Course Schedule)
- this course's assignments (see Syllabus for summaries or Assignment list for full descriptions)
- your own background/existing knowledge (consider using the CTW Survey questions as an aid to memory)
- your plans for your college career
- Draft initial learning goals in class on 9/18
- Weekly check-ins throughout CTW1: