Week 3, Tue (Sept. 14)

Just some small updates about where to find feedback from me, but I kept the rest of the info here in place.

As many of you are at the start of a project, or exploring some writing exercises, here’s a good thought to bear in mind about revision, from James Clear (I get his Thursday “3-2-1” newsletter):

Entrepreneur and computer scientist Arthur van Hoff on revision: 

“Over the years, I’ve learned that the first idea you have is irrelevant. It’s just a catalyst for you to get started. Then you figure out what’s wrong with it and you go through phases of denial, panic, regret. And then you finally have a better idea and the second idea is always the important one.”

Source: Founders at Work

Below the colored boxes you’ll find the European Bird of the week. (I think I have enough of them to see us through the semester. I can always get some more.)

For all students
  • I hope you’re all safe, and able to get tests as you need them to feel secure about the Covid situation. I also hope that my little CO2 meter makes you realize why I want the windows OPEN! (I’ve seen it peak at 2800+ppm CO2 now. Not good!)
    • If you need a reminder how to wear your mask: check out this video!
  • Get Stuff Done/ Lab/ Office Hours/ Drop in: ONLINE
    • Wed.: 1-2PM – Thu: 11AM-12PM – Appointment via Google Calendar (How to see availability?)
    • How to use? Additional time to ask questions or just hang out with me and other students. Come and discuss your projects, ideas, etc.
  • Do you like the use of the Canvas “0 points” assignments as reminders. If you have a better suggestion, let me know!
FYS106
  1. Check out the to-do list for the week on the Course Website: fystea.tdh.bergbuilds.domains
  2. On Tuesday you’re welcome to go to the Community Garden directly, but send me an email/Google Chat in advance so I know.
  3. I’ll start giving feedback on your posts, using the Hypothes.is group teaglobalhistory, so keep an eye open for that! And keep the conversation in those comments going among yourselves, too – I’m just one of the contributors.
  4. No class on Thursday
  5. Still a blog post due on Sunday 9/19

Questions? Ideas? Stuff to share? Put it on the Padlet! Or in the Google Chat Room

HST269
  1. Check out the to-do list for the week on the Course website: hst269.tdh.bergbuilds.domains.
  2. On Tuesday we will meet in B01 in Trexler Library. (I’ll bring the CO2 meter, don’t worry 😉 )
  3. I’m working through the pre-pitches (as Josh called that first idea post) with comments in the Hypothes.is group HST269, so have a look on Tuesday/Wednesday as that may help you for your project pitch. Feel free to jump in if you’ve come across something in your own research!
    1. I’m drawing on my network to get more tips for the medical history peeps, as that is a newer area to explore for me, and I am getting some good suggestions!
  4. No class on Thursday
  5. Due Sunday: Project pitch as a blog post

Questions? Ideas? Things to share? Add it to the Padlet! Or in the Google Chat Room

HST380
  1. Check out the to-do list for the week on the Course website: hst380.tdh.bergbuilds.domains.
  2. On Wednesday we will meet in B01 in Trexler Library (hopefully the CO2 meter will back up that decision as a wise one)
  3. Feedback on your pre-pitches will come in the form of Hypothes.is comments on your posts in the group HST380, so everybody can follow along. Jump in!
  4. Due Friday: Reading to prepare before class.
  5. Due Monday: Project pitch as a blog post

Questions? Ideas? Things to share? Use the Padlet! Or share in the Google Chat Room

Bird of the week:

The tiny but mighty Wren!

© Carl Bovis, “Wren”

You have Wrens on this continent too, but “everything is bigger in America” goes for Wrens too! The North Carolina Wren I sometimes have visiting here looks twice the size of the little Jenny Wren (as they are often nicknamed) in the Old World. I’ve also heard in Dutch the name “little John” and my granddad called them a “little butt”. (The official Dutch name translates as “Little King of Winter”.)

They may be tiny, but they are Nature’s own boom box. For their volume are startlingly loud! As an aspiring flute player, I am always amazed by how loud they can sing from such a tiny body; they sing as loud as I can play, and I do have quite a bit more lung volume. Their song is easy to recognize, because even if they all sing their individualized songs, it always ends in a rolling trrrrrril.

Do you have a bird photo to share? Head on over to your class’s Padlet and share!

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