Senior Project 2012             Awesome
Being Smart                 Being ScholarlyMemorizing                  ThinkingAcademic Best               Personal BestFo...
Finding the right question                        Topic:                        Beauty                  Question:Do magazi...
Revolving Research
They Say             It’s neither                            It’s bothI disagree                                        I ...
Group ActivityFor each magazine article, identify:•The topic•The focus question
So What? Who Cares?“The problem is not necessarily that the speakers lacka clear, well-focused thesis or that the thesis i...
Group ActivityPrioritize the 6 questions frommost relevant to least relevant
What explains teenage behavior?      If the end of white America is a cultural and demographic  inevitability, what will t...
Topic Brainstorming
Objective:Leave class with 25 viable senior project ideasthat you are genuinely enthusiastic about                        ...
Brainstorming Tip #1Turn off your inner critic
The Brain has two hemispheresLeft brain functions                    Right brain functions Analytic Thought               ...
The Right Brain keeps you from turning into Spock                                  Right brain functions                  ...
The Left Brain keeps you from turning into a Space HippieLeft brain functions Analytic Thought Logic Language Science & Math
To generate good ideas, you must silence your inner criticLeft brain functions                   Right brain functions    ...
And let your creative side playLeft brain functions                      Right brain functions                            ...
How do I do that?
Limit your time!    Don’t give your brain time to criticize.Give yourself 20 minutes to come up 50 ideas.
Record your ideas on sticky notes
IDEA 1                         IDEA 2         Organize them laterIDEA 3                         IDEA 4
Or mind maps!Stay away fromthe computer -it will slow youdown
Collaborate with others
Make lists of interests, hobbies, goals, concernsIn five years, what do I hope to have accomplished?     What problems do ...
Brainstorming Tip #2Look for inspiration elsewhere
Where?
LIBRARY RESOURCESReference books   Magazines   Databases
Senior project craff parts 1 and 2
Senior project craff parts 1 and 2
Senior project craff parts 1 and 2
Senior project craff parts 1 and 2
Senior project craff parts 1 and 2
Senior project craff parts 1 and 2
Senior project craff parts 1 and 2
Senior project craff parts 1 and 2
Senior project craff parts 1 and 2
Senior project craff parts 1 and 2
Senior project craff parts 1 and 2
Senior project craff parts 1 and 2
Senior project craff parts 1 and 2
Senior project craff parts 1 and 2
Senior project craff parts 1 and 2
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  1. 1. Senior Project 2012 Awesome
  2. 2. Being Smart Being ScholarlyMemorizing ThinkingAcademic Best Personal BestFollow Curriculum Follow InterestsHints at What Your Grade Hints at What Your FutureWill Be Will BeInvolves Playing it Safe Involves Risk TakingRelies on Knowing Answers Relies on Asking Right Question
  3. 3. Finding the right question Topic: Beauty Question:Do magazines promote unhealthy images of beauty? Question: Would you be willing to become extremely uglyphysically if it meant you would live for 1,000 years at any physical age you chose?
  4. 4. Revolving Research
  5. 5. They Say It’s neither It’s bothI disagree I agree
  6. 6. Group ActivityFor each magazine article, identify:•The topic•The focus question
  7. 7. So What? Who Cares?“The problem is not necessarily that the speakers lacka clear, well-focused thesis or that the thesis isinadequately supported with evidence. Instead, theproblem is that the speakers don’t address the crucialquestion of why their arguments matter.” Graff and Birkenstein, They Say, I Say
  8. 8. Group ActivityPrioritize the 6 questions frommost relevant to least relevant
  9. 9. What explains teenage behavior? If the end of white America is a cultural and demographic inevitability, what will the new mainstream look like and how will white Americans fit into it?Will technology be a form of tyranny or will it free us from tyranny? Will it upend democracy or strengthen it? Can parents harm their children by doing too much?How on earth does anyone propose to assign a number to something as complex as a college or university?
  10. 10. Topic Brainstorming
  11. 11. Objective:Leave class with 25 viable senior project ideasthat you are genuinely enthusiastic about This is what enthusiasm looks like
  12. 12. Brainstorming Tip #1Turn off your inner critic
  13. 13. The Brain has two hemispheresLeft brain functions Right brain functions Analytic Thought Thought Logic Intuition Language Creativity Science & Math Art & Music
  14. 14. The Right Brain keeps you from turning into Spock Right brain functions Thought Intuition Creativity Art & Music
  15. 15. The Left Brain keeps you from turning into a Space HippieLeft brain functions Analytic Thought Logic Language Science & Math
  16. 16. To generate good ideas, you must silence your inner criticLeft brain functions Right brain functions Thought That ideas is dumb. Intuition It will never work. Creativity Art & Music
  17. 17. And let your creative side playLeft brain functions Right brain functions This is fun!
  18. 18. How do I do that?
  19. 19. Limit your time! Don’t give your brain time to criticize.Give yourself 20 minutes to come up 50 ideas.
  20. 20. Record your ideas on sticky notes
  21. 21. IDEA 1 IDEA 2 Organize them laterIDEA 3 IDEA 4
  22. 22. Or mind maps!Stay away fromthe computer -it will slow youdown
  23. 23. Collaborate with others
  24. 24. Make lists of interests, hobbies, goals, concernsIn five years, what do I hope to have accomplished? What problems do I want to see solved? What organizations or groups do I admire? What professions am I interested in? Where would I like to travel? What controversial issues do I feel strongly about? What do I want to do better? What experiences do I want to have? What do I want to learn more about?
  25. 25. Brainstorming Tip #2Look for inspiration elsewhere
  26. 26. Where?
  27. 27. LIBRARY RESOURCESReference books Magazines Databases
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