We have mapped a plan for the semester which includes round-robin style small-group conferencing. These conferencing moments will be key to your continued progress. With that support in place, what is most crucial is your own dedication to your work in a steady committed fashion. Map out your own timeline, and schedule your “thesis work” time into your weekly schedule.
Each of you will write a WEEKLY reflection blog which will serve as a record of your process throughout. The blog will be syndicated here. Please send me your thesis blog URL by next week.
Major benchmarks to complete this semester: -Early Proposal, -Lit Review, -Methodology. Please remember that the writing and research process for a project like this is inherently more intuitive and unscripted than the mere adherence to such benchmarks, but they are in place (for now) in order to GENERATE the foundation for the work.
Here is a link to the peer review protocol for the Early Proposal. Please use it to review your group’s work on “off weeks”. Coordinate via email with your group to complete this work as you continue to revise your work together with the benefit of peer feedback. Please respond as a fellow writer and as a reader, in a spirit of helpfulness and respect. Share observations of what you notice in your colleagues early proposal, but also share observations of what you notice occurs inside of you as you read the writer’s text. What questions emerge? What connections do you make as a result of the writer’s inquiry? I believe this approach to feedback will be helpful to each of you.
Your early proposals should be sent to me the night before or scheduled conference day, so that I may consider your work before seeing you and we can have a rich conversation.
Looking forward to working with each of you.