Passing some sweetness around....
we begin for everyone with some exercises, to help us focus and make
it a bit easier to share what we have done in the learning analysis.
Today each person will speak and offer their own unique sense of
traveling through the argument or story of the course. Our personal
feelings are, of course, a special part of this. But do think of this primarily as an intellectual sharing of analysis as well as of any careful personal details. Celebrating each others' work and our own, and especially thinking together today
about the knowledge we each bring into being is the collective
project here, our feminist reconceptualization. So listen as carefully
as you speak, because active listening is as necessary to collective
thought. If someone else says something you intended to say, then --
thinking on your feet -- find another something to say that is a
unique bit of your own work instead.
Focusing exercises for presenting:
1) find your favorite paragraph in the paper. Put a star next to it.
2) write down what you are most proud of in this paper.
3) put an arrow next to the place you think best describes the argument of the course.
4) write down your favorite reading and be prepared to say what element of its ANALYSIS made it special for you.
PICK ONE OF THESE TOO:
=write about a moment in the course where everything seemed to come together for you.
=write about a moment outside the course where you realized you were using something you had learned in the class.
=write about a moment when you discovered something new about how you were included in the argument of the class.
WHEN IT IS YOUR TURN TO SPEAK:
pick out four of these to share. Focus on analysis
-- of the course, readings, experiences, realizations -- especially,
although feelings and politics have important places too. Be mindful
of the time -- we want to allow time for everyone in the class to
speak today -- give some real details: don't be too general. Do show
off the hard thinking you are capable of. Make sure what you say is
special and unique.
may we keep running into each other, over and over, in friendship and
connection and intellectual community and joyful living!