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November 9, 2012 / Laura Pasquini

Week 11: Writing Tips & APA Style

On Wednesday, the UNT Writing Lab stopped by our #ugstJOUR class to talk about their resources and how they can help you improve/enhance your writing. They handed out some APA Citation information, and you are all strongly encouraged to use their tutoring sessions, both online and in person, to help review your final career/research paper (worth 25% of your final grade). Bring at least an outline and/or a few pages (4-10) to your session to get feedback on your writing or discus your paper with a Writing Lab tutor. For more information check out them out in person (AUDB 105) or online: http://www.unt.edu/writinglab/

Here are a few other helpful tips and online resources for you to use in writing and drafting your paper:

Resources for Research

UNT Willis Library, including the UGST 1000 Subject Guide: http://guides.library.unt.edu/content.php?pid=339841

UNT Majors Activity http://www.slideshare.net/ExploringMajors/unt-majors-activity-2012-2013

Career Center “Explore a Major” http://careercenter.unt.edu/students/majors

Links from the Office for Exploring Majors http://exploringmajors.unt.edu/explore-your-options

UNT College/School/departmental advisors http://exploringmajors.unt.edu/choosing-major

The UNT Catalog http://catalog.unt.edu/

O*NET: http://www.onetonline.org/

My Next Move website http://www.mynextmove.org/

Resources for Writing and Referencing

APA 6th Edition Guidelines http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/560/01/

Son of a Citation Machine http://www.landmark-project.com/citation_machine/index.php

APA Style Blog http://blog.apastyle.org/ [How to cite videos, blogs, tweets, podcasts and more!]

Homework:

  • POST: Wellness Lesson Plan – Post on BOTH Your & Your Partner’s Blog. Please include the blog prompt, embedded videos and/or PPTs, and your learning object by 11 pm TODAY (11/9)/
  • TWEET: Using the #ugstJOUR hashtag let us know in 140 characters or less: How do you make a decision? What is the process you go through? Please TWEET your reply by TODAY at 11 pm CDT.
  • RESPOND: You will respond to the next person below YOU on the #ugstJOUR blog list – BLOG RESPONSES due by Monday, November 12th at 11 pm CDT. Everyone will respond to one of the Wellness Lesson Plan blog posts. Your response will be on YOUR OWN WordPress blog. Please be sure to reference the Wellness Lesson include a hyperlink to the post you are referring to IN YOUR RESPONSE blog post. These responses must be 250 words minimum, and can include any media (video, images, etc) that best support the reflection for this lesson.
  •  RESEARCH: Why not get started on your research for your final paper now. It’s due December 7, 2012. 🙂
November 5, 2012 / Laura Pasquini

Week 11: Lessons on Wellness

This week our #ugstJOUR class we will dive into a variety of topics that involve wellness and well-being discussed in the College Success textbook Chapter 10 . In pairs, you will design a virtual lesson plan blog post that will inform and educate peers in this class on a topic you have picked. The lesson plan will include the following components:
  1. OBJECTIVE: Lesson Objective/Purpose – “At the end of this lesson, learners will be able to…”
  2. VIDEO/PRESENTATION: At least ONE (1) Visual – Video, PPT, or Prezi relevant to the topic (Hint: Feel free to search on TED Talks, YouTube, Vimeo, SlideShare or Prezi) – for your classmates to watch/view. You will have to embed this presentation or video into your blog post lesson plan.
  3. FACTS/INFORMATION: Key points and facts about your topic – summary, short paragraphs and bullet points are welcome. This should include at least 7-10 factual statements and ideas on your topic.
  4. REFLECTION: Post a statement and/or series of questions for your classmates to blog about. The required words will be 250 minimum, so consider what you hope students will learn and reflect about (tie this into your lesson objective in #1). You can include a quote, question, activity, quiz or statement to prompt for the blog post.
  5. POST YOUR LESSON: Please put your lesson plan on BOTH of your blogs – yourself and your partner will have the same blog post; however it will be cross-posted on yours AND your lesson plan partners blog. Please indicate on your post who created this lesson. ALL LESSONS are DUE by Friday, November 9th at 11 pm CDT.
  6. BLOG RESPONSES due by Monday, November 12th at 11 pm CDT. Everyone will respond to one of the Wellness Lesson Plan blog posts. Your response will be on YOUR OWN WordPress blog. Please be sure to reference the Wellness Lesson include a hyperlink to the post you are referring to IN YOUR RESPONSE blog post. These responses must be 250 words minimum, and can include any media (video, images, etc) that best support the reflection for this lesson.
EXAMPLE LESSON BLOG POST
Let’s Begin…
The purpose of this module is to have you reflect, in detail, about your week, where your time goes and how to write a smart to-do list.   By making a list and reflecting on your time, you will be able to accurately shift your priorities to other items instead of wasting time.

Watch

  1. What is on your to-do list? These are small tasks that you need to accomplish.
  2. Take 1-2 minutes to write down everything you need to do the next week. This can be for school, work, or other.
  3. Now that you have a list of things to do – take a minute to circle the top 5 things you will want to work on and rank them by importance.
  4. Finally, identify the things you will need to accomplish within these top 5 priorities to allow you to complete these this next week. Break down the task into sub-tasks.
Think
  1. What is on your to-do list? These are small tasks that you need to accomplish.
  2. Take 1-2 minutes to write down everything you need to do the next week. This can be for school, work, or other.
  3. Now that you have a list of things to do – take a minute to circle the top 5 things you will want to work on and rank them by importance.
  4. Finally, identify the things you will need to accomplish within these top 5 priorities to allow you to complete these this next week. Break down the task into sub-tasks.
Dig Deeper

Our time is limited, so sometimes you have to limit your time. Every person has a fixed amount of time per week – 168 hours.  Most of the time we don’t realize how we use this time and where all our time goes.

Consider how your time you use each week. Write down your week schedule planner to map out what your next week looks like. You will want to fill in class time (lecture, labs, etc), reading, homework, part-time job hours, social events, sleep, and just hanging out.

To get a more accurate estimate, you might keep track of how you spend your time for a week by jotting it down in your planner or on a calendar.  Take a look at your planner, mobile calendar or schedule. Estimate the amount of time spent on each item or activity listed below.  Once you have this amount, multiply it by seven.  This will give you the total time spent on the activity in one week.  After each item’s weekly time has been calculated, add all these times for the grand total.  Subtract this from 168, the total possible hours per week.

168 Hours in 1 Week

Eat: Sleep: In Class: Homework:
Commute: Job/Volunteering: Social/Other: On the web:

Now that you see where your time goes, please show this graphically in a pie chart or another visual infographic to demonstrate your time use. Here are some online tools:

http://visual.ly/    http://nces.ed.gov/nceskids/createagraph/default.aspx  http://chartpart.com/

…And Finally

TO BLOG: 

Share your visual time. Where does your time go? How can you take back YOUR calendar? How can you TAKE BACK your time? Reflect in your space with 250 words minimum how you will improve your schedule and manage your time.

October 31, 2012 / Laura Pasquini

Week 10: Say What & Mo’ Money Management

In Monday’s class (10/29), Erin shared some helpful tips on how to talk and e-mail your instructors. The presentation below also provided a number of helpful suggestions for effective essay writing. We also introduced the FINAL PROJECT: Major/Career Paper – DUE Friday, December 7, 2012 at 11:59 am CDT and expectations; however we will see if the UNT Writing Lab can make a guest appearance to discuss what APA and scholarly writing looks like for this final assignment.

Today (10/31) in class Monique from the UNT Student Money Management Center (Chestnut Hall, Suite 313) shared her insights on the value of money and hopefully got you to think about what things are worth, budgeting, and considerations for the future. Effective money management STARTS NOW!

TO DO List – DUE by Friday, November 2nd at 1 pm:

    • NO CLASS:  On Friday, November 2nd, 9th, or 16th – this time is to help you organize, interview, plan and create your RTN projects and also work on your Final Major/Career Research Paper. You’re quite welcome.
    • RESPOND: Give feedback in the comments/reply section of WordPress on AT LEAST two (2) Elevator Pitch video posts to offer comments, kudos or constructive criticism to your #ugstJOUR friends. You can find ALL the Class Blog posts HERE.
    • BLOG: WP Post #10: What did you learn about managing your money today in class? This could be from the class bartering activity, researching the UNT Student Money Management Center website, and/or from reading Chapter 11: Taking Control of Your Finances in our class textbook. All of us could fine tune our money management skills – please identify at least ONE resources and/or workshop you would consider attending to help you from the SMMC in the future.
    • BONUS: If you do attend a SMMC workshop. Please complete a 250 word blog post that describes what you learned in the workshop and resources you will be using in the future to better plan/manage your money BEFORE December 7 , 2012 at 12 noon CDT to get extra credit (Hint: This will be a good option if you missed a blog post, submitted a late assignment or were tardy for class).
    • BONUS (from 10/29): In class on Monday we talked about body language and how you approach others (stance, eye contact, body position, etc) and how  non-verbal cues impact first impressions. For those of you who want to discuss your experience and thoughts on this in a 250 word blog post called “Power Poses.” To help with this response, please watch and reflect on the “Power Poses” video presented by Amy Cuddy. This is due BEFORE Friday, December 7, 2012 at 12 pm CDT.
October 27, 2012 / Laura Pasquini

Week 9: The Elevator Pitch

In class on Wednesday, Adrienne gave some tips and showed  a few examples of both a BAD and GOOD elevator pitch (30-60 second greeting). Here are a few tips and tricks as you create YOUR elevator pitch, record a video of it and post it to your WordPress blog by Tuesday (10/30) at 11 pm CDT – since this assignment was posted a day late:

For your Elevator Pitch Assignment, please complete the following items:

  1. Draft a short introduction about you! Be sure to include your name, classification, major (if you have an idea about one), where you study, any past interests or current things you are involved in on/off campus, and at least ONE key skills that makes you stand out with an example of that skills in action. This should be a BRIEF 30-60 second introduction that you could give to someone if you happened to be on an elevator with them.  BE CREATIVE!
  2. Record (or find a #ugstJOUR classmate to record) a video with your elevator pitch introduction. Consider what you’re wearing, the lighting, background, film/sound quality, and your appearance (habits, eye-contact, etc) on camera. This might require you to try more than one take.
  3. Once recorded – UPLOAD your Elevator Pitch video to either  YouTube or Vimeo. [If you do not have an account – guess what both are FREE. You may also consider using this video account for your RoadTrip Nation project too. Hint. Hint].
  4. EMBED your video into your WordPress blog post before 11 pm on Tuesday, October 30, 2012.
  5. BONUS: What to create a future Elevator Pitch that you  might give when you are in your Senior year at UNT? Please create, upload and post another blog post with your future self elevator pitch describing things you have been involved in on campus, work experience, talents and skills that you would bring to the table for a potential employer, graduate/professional school admissions, or recruiter in your career field of interest.
October 24, 2012 / Laura Pasquini

Week 9: Strong Inventory, Elevator Pitch & UGST 1000 Midterm… OH MY!

On Monday, we discussed and shared your Strong Inventory results and chatted about the RIASEC codes in class.

We learned about John Holland’s codes and how this might help with your major/career discovery. This is another tool to support your research – this might not have all the answers – but hopefully it will be a helpful resource to guide your questions, search and exploration.

Here is a run down for the week’s projects, assignments and midterm:

  • BLOG: WP #7: What’s YOUR Strong Profile? List your Letters or why you might not have any letters. Does your Strong apply to you? Why yes or no? Describe some of your themes and occupations from the Strong – In 200 words minimum, blog and post a picture representing YOUR Strong profile. DUE October 22, 2012 at 11 pm {Please post if you have not done so already – part of your Strong Inventory Grade}
  • BLOG: WP #8: After attending a Learning 101 Seriesthe Study Skills Lab or other helpful support programs offered by the UNT Learning Center you will need to reflect on what you have learned. This assignment is DUE by October 24/12 at 11 pm and you must write a 350 word WP blog post about your experience at the Learning Center workshop, what you learned, and how you will apply that to your own course work/study habits this semester.
  • MIDTERM: Your UGST 1000 Midterm is THIS Friday, October 26, 2012 from 1-1:50 pm. This will take place in the Sage Hall 331  computer labs. Make sure you are reading from the College Success textbook as you are responsible for materials covered both in-class and from the textbook. Did you get the UGST 1000 Midterm Review handout? That should help you prepare. OR Join the UGST 1000 Midterm study session with Adrienne on Thursday (10/25) from 6-8 pm in Maple Hall.
  • ELEVATOR PITCH ASSIGNMENT: To be discussed in class TODAY
October 19, 2012 / Laura Pasquini

Week 8: Test Preparation & Dealing with Test Anxiety

In the last class we talked about different types of tests, how to prepare and manage how to test well during the exam. Here are the tips and resources that were shared in class on Wednesday (10/17):

How do I know if I have test anxiety?

Answer these 5 questions YES or NO

  1. Do you know the material well enough when you take a test?
  2. Do you get so anxious during tests that your concentration suffers?
  3. Do you go blank and find yourself unable to recall material you know?
  4. Do you work so fast that you make silly mistakes or misread questions?
  5. Does anxiety often interfere with your performance so much that your grade does not reflect how well you really know the material?

If you answered “Yes” to number one AND “Yes” to any of the others, you may have test anxiety.

WHY NOT ATTEND A WORKSHOP OR CONNECT TO THE LEARNING CENTER FOR HELP?: Have you signed up for a Learning Center Workshop? Check out the Learning 101 Seriesthe Study Skills Lab or other helpful support programs offered. This assignment is DUE by October 22/12 at 11 pm and you must write a 350 word WP blog post about your experience at the Learning Center workshop, what you learned, and how you will apply that to your own course work/study habits this semester.

ON YOUR #ugstJOUR “TO DO” LIST:

TEAM PROJECT TODAY: Good luck with CANstruction today!! Don’t forget to TWEET your involvement with the project and updates from today – include pictures, quotes, videos, etc using the #ugstJOUR hashtag. Congrats on your hard work — although your design was last minute, it was very creative => TWEETS & Photos from CANstruction

PROJECT: Roadtrip Nation Project Proposals are DUE on Friday, October 19, 2012 by 5 pm. SEND Laura IN CLASS. Be sure you are talking with your group, contacting your professionals, and setting up your interview! Use your resources and things you are learning this week to organize your proposal. Remember the  RTN interview request and set up HINTS from the previous post.

MIDTERM: Your UGST 1000 Midterm has been moved to Friday, October 26, 2012 from 1-1:50 pm. This will take place in the Sage Hall 331  computer labs on the 3rd floor. Make sure you are reading from the College Success textbook as you are responsible for materials covered both in-class and from the textbook.

October 15, 2012 / Laura Pasquini

Week 8: The MBTI Results are IN!

In today’s class we introduced the personality attributes based on the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI). The MBTI assessment is a psychometric questionnaire designed to measure psychological type (described by Carl Jung) and how people perceive the world and make decisions.

In learning about the psychological types and preferences, we have gotten and idea of where preferences lie for the energizing preferences extroversion (E) and introversion (I), the attending preferences are sensing (S) and intuition (N), the deciding preferences are thinking (T) and feeling (F) and the living preferences are judgment (J) and perception (P). We have also started the conversation on how MBTI types exhibit particular strengths and weaknesses in the workplace environments. This conversation will continue, so please hang onto YOUR MBTI Assessment report for future class use, and to share your thoughts on your WP Post #7 in 200 words minimum blog post DUE by 11 pm TONIGHT (10/15) answer the following questions:

  • Did you guess your MBTI 4-letter combination?
  • What do you think about your MBTI report & results? (p.3)
  • Are any of your letters “Very Clear” or are you just “Slight”? Share your scale results. (p.3)
  • Do you agree/disagree with your preferred work tasks & work environment? (p.4)
  • Describe what you think about in the Career Report of your  MBTI:  “challenges” (p.5-6), Ranking of Job Families (p. 8), Most Popular Occupations (p. 9) & Least Popular Occupations (p. 10)

HOMEWORK:

ATTEND: Have you signed up for a Learning Center Workshop? Check out the Learning 101 Seriesthe Study Skills Lab or other helpful support programs offered. This assignment is DUE by October 22/12 and you must write a 350 word WP blog post about your experience at the Learning Center workshop, what you learned, and how you will apply that to your own course work/study habits this semester.

CANstruction: Let’s get collecting, design planning, etc for the CANstruction event that is THIS Friday (10/19). Let’s show the other teams how #ugstJOUR rocks.

PROJECT: Roadtrip Nation Project Proposals are DUE on Friday, October 19, 2012 BEFORE 5 pm. Be sure you are talking with your group, contacting your professionals, and setting up your interview! Use your resources and things you are learning this week to organize your proposal. Remember the  RTN interview request and set up HINTS from the previous post. Follow up with those you have emailed, call, etc.

MIDTERM: Your UGST 1000 Midterm has been moved to Friday, October 26, 2012 from 1-1:50 pm. This will take place in the Sage Hall {Room number to be determined} computer labs on the 3rd floor. Make sure you are reading from the College Success textbook as you are responsible for materials covered both in-class and from the textbook.