Please note that while it is my intention to adhere to this schedule, it may be necessary to make adjustments during the semester and it is the student's responsibility to stay up-to-date with schedule changes as they are announced in class. Regular attendance is assumed as part of the contract you made when taking a seat in this course. Poet Tom Wayman puts it well in his poem linked here: Did I Miss Anything.
**On Saturday, October 4th the class will meet from 9:30am-12:30. You will need to take necessary steps (rearrange work schedule, get a babysitter, contact your family to say you won't be coming home, etc.) so that you are available on that morning. It is important that we have 100% participation. **
ALWAYS BRING SOMETHING TO WRITE WITH AND SOMETHING TO WRITE ON TO CLASS
Aug 19: Orientation, Introduction to the course and to each other
For Thursday: “What does Optimal Performance Look Like?” (R1)
Participation Installment One due
Aug 21: What Is Optimal Performance?
Participation Installment 1 due today
Discussion and presentation of responses to R1
Reading One, Paradigms and Principles, by Stephen Covey. This chapter is on e-reserve in Ramsey Library. Are only obliged to do a close reading of the section you and your group will present. The questions you are to address as a group are found here: Paradigms and Principles, Inside-Out. (R2) You will prepare your group's questions and then offer that material in our class discussion on the 26th of August. This discussion will also form the basis of your first paper, Paradigms, Principles and The Ravaging Tide due September 4th.
Aug 26: Optimal Performance as a field of study
Paradigms, Principles and the Ravaging Tide (R2)
Please prepare Part A and bring to class on Aug 28; the completed paper is due on Sept. 04th.
Aug 28: How Does UNCA Support Your Performance?
Working in trios we will explore the resources that exist here to facilitate your performance on campus.
For next class: Seven Habits Orientation
The Systems Perspective ppt. may be printed and brought to class on the 2nd if you wish.
Sept 02: A Systems Perspective
Presentation and Covey concepts discussion and planning session
Sept 04: Covey's Perspective: Private Victory
"Paradigms, Principles and the Ravaging Tide" (R2) due today
Note: You are released from all of your classes on 9/09 so that all freshmen can meet as a group to leave campus and participate in service projects in the community. You do not need to get permission to be absent from your other classes--this is an official University event--but you are wise to let your professors know that you will not be in class on 9/09 so you are able to get your assignments in advance. Those who do not teach freshman classes are likely to forget this event.
Sept 09: ACT in Asheville Day
Meet in Lipinsky at 8:15 to find our class and receive our assignment
This service Replaces our class meeting today. Enough already...
you will prepare your action response to share on Sept 11th
Sept 11: Processing ACT in AVL Day,
Action responses shared
Career Center orientation
MBT Inventory administered
Sept 16: Attention and Arousal
Sept 18: Attention, Arousal, Performance
Interpretation of MBT Inventory results
For next Tuesday read Chapter Three OR Four in Flow on e-reserve in the library. Assignments are by last name:
Chapter Three: Bucci through Kairoff
Chapter Four: Kingsley through Tracey
Sept 23: Flow
Group meeting to discuss key points, define mastery
Meet with partners to peer teach
Sept 25: Flow, Continued
You will be meeting today to teach each other the content of your chapters
Sept 30: The Stress Response
For next class, A Stress Story (with a Happy Ending) (R4)
Oct 02: Breathing
For Oct 07, read Fehmi's article "Open Focus Training" on e-reserve
Oct 04: Saturday! Ropes course!
The class will meet at Mullen Park at 9:30am. The session will last until 12:30. You will need to wear close-toed shoes, and it is recommended that you bring a water bottle. This event goes rain or shine. Bring your completed reflection , R5, to class on October 7th.
Oct. 07: Open Focus workshop
Ropes course writing due
After reading Fehmi you should be able to answer these questions
Your mid-term participation assessment is due on the 9th. If you are leaving early on break make sure you drop yours off to me before you go.
Oct. 09: Trade for the Saturday session; no class meeting
Midterm participation assessment is due today.
Oct 16: The Brain-Body Connection
In class you posed three + questions and shared some of these with your small group. For Tuesday, come prepared to share with the group insights you have gotten from personally exploring those questions. You formed affinity groups in discussion. Keep these people in mind as you seek out your answers. How might the information you collect be of use to your peers?
Oct 21: Biofeedback and Optimal Performance
For next class, come prepared to discuss a performance issue you have interest in researching. Write this out to turn in.
If you are interested in actually doing biofeedback to see what it's like, and to use this exploration as the basis of your research project you will find more details here.
Oct 23: Resources for Research: Leith Tate
We meet this day in the library's classroom located behind the resource desk in Ramsey Library on the Main level.
Oct 28: Discussion of Service Learning Projects and Research projects
By this date you need to submit Five sources you are using in your research. Bring these to class typed in bibliographic format
Oct 30: Optimal Performance: The Cognitive Keys
Stressful Emotions, Thoughts and Beliefs
For Tuesday, Read "Exploring Deep Mind" on e-reserve
Nov 4: Meditation, the practice
Nov 6: Visualization: Theory and Practice
Your research paper is due on the 11th
Nov 11: Peer editing of papers in class
Bring to class two copies of your first draft, typed, dbl-spaced. One will be handed in to Connie and the other will be handed to your peer reviewer.
Nov 13: Orientation to Paper Presentations
Nov 18: How We Learn and Why We Can't
Nov 20: Touch For Health
Your second draft is due today. Whether you present today or on the 20th, the paper is due today. You will be handing in your marked-up first draft and your peer reviewer's notes along with your second draft.
Nov 25: Touch for Health continued
Please note that Thanksgiving break begins Tomorrow at 6pm.
Dec 02: Presentations of Research
Final Writing discussed
Bring your post-course evaluation with you to class on Thursday.
Dec 04: Continuation of presentations
Final Writing accepted until noon, Dec 18th