"What I do every day matters more than what I do once in a while." - Gretchen Rubin
gauche - adj
- lacking social experience or grace; not tactful
Step 1: Add today's quote & word to your Daily Reflection Journal. If you haven't shared your journal with me via Google Docs, please make sure to do so.
I should have thought of this yesterday, but I suppose I assumed it was standard practice. PLEASE title your Reflection Journal thusly:
S (1 if you're period 3/4 or 2 if you're period 5/6) YourNameReflectionJournal
Step 2: We'll do our first timed write today. I'll have a prompt on the board, and, when we're all ready, I'll set a timer for 5 minutes. Please write for 5 minutes consecutively (without stopping). If you get stuck, if your brain just isn't working, write a word for every letter in the alphabet (e.g. Atrophy Bother Cacophany Dotard, etc.) until something comes to mind. When the timer goes off, give one another a high five. You just did hard creative work.
A FEW WORDS:
Yesterday, we talked at length about a Daily Practice that you will commit to working on for half an hour a day, five days a week. Many of you have settled on ideas, while others are still in process. If you're still ideating (coming up with ideas), don't worry- what I'm asking you to do is big. In fact, most adults struggle with what we're attempting to do. Discipline and habit are very difficult at first. I get it.
Connie Sun said, "Doing an “illustrated status message a day” seemed like a reasonable challenge at the beginning, but it was definitely harder than I imagined. The first year of cartooning felt like doing battle with myself: all my fears, doubts, insecurities on top of learning new skills – basically, the artistic process in a nutshell. That was the first hurdle. After I exhausted that subject matter, I could go beyond it and it freed me up to explore other subject matter."
Step 3: Please read the article found here: bit.ly/AHSdailyhabits
A FEW MORE WORDS:
Today, we'll be cleaving, honing, and deciding on our practice. Please keep in mind that this ought to be a practice that can be done here at school (and preferably in the classroom) and ought to be something that adds to your life, that enlivens your soul, or excites your mind. Nothing rote! Please- don't settle!
Many of you are thinking in terms of overall goals, New Year's Resolution style: "I want to get fit, so I will work out for thirty minutes a day," etc. While that's a fine goal- and please, work out to your heart's content!- remember that we want to establish a Daily Practice that contributes to, or builds, a skill that you've always been curious about or wanted to pursue.
HERE'S THE NEXT STEP:
As this is a Daily Practice and, like Connie to the Wonnie, you will be displaying that daily practice, you need to think of how you'll present your progress every day. This might be through Instagram, a personal blog, your DP, Tumblr, etc.
IF YOU'RE STILL STUCK:
Follow writer Hannah Braime's advice:
1. Choose one thing
2. Designate a time and place (though that's already done for you!)
3. Build a container around your practice (set parameters- a word limit, a size of paper, a certain number of cuts or stitches, etc.)
4. Make it enjoyable
I would encourage you- borderline demand- that you use this time for yourself. Don't worry about tests, don't try to improve your grades, don't try to read articles on new study methods. Give yourself something that you can do each day for half an hour that is a joy to work on, not an obligation. Discipline is difficult enough as it is.
Once you've arrived at a Daily Practice, please create an Instagram/Tumblr/etc. account through which you will post DAILY. The goal is to see progress, to see mess, to see failure, and getting back on the horse! We'll talk tomorrow about the most intuitive way to link these to DP's, to be able to involve the AHS community, etc.
BY THE END OF THE DAY, YOU SHOULD: