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Sometimes the seminar will be focused and free

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Sometimes the seminar will be focused and free-flowing. Sometimes it will be searching, questioning, going deeper to understand ideas from a book, from others or from within yourself. Sometimes the group will come to some conclusions. Sometimes it will seem like a series of disconnected activities, like a pop corn popper, with ideas jumping around the table without clear connections. In either case, the seminar is a place to discover new ideas, to re-look at old ideas, or to develop insightful connections among ideas. The teacher’s role in a seminar is, at best, to be a model of an experienced learner; not to be the focus of attention, or the authority who will tell you what you should learn. Don't let the faculty member give a lecture in seminar! Everyone must take responsibility for co-leading and sharing ideas. Participants must learn to actively listen to each other and speak openly to the whole group, not just to the leader. The group must learn to be sensitive to the needs of all. The natural talkers must be disciplined in order to learn how to listen better. The quiet people must learn to be more assertive. They must resolve to share their insights, even if they are not comfortable doing that. Shyness is neither a virtue nor is it an excuse to withhold your thoughts from the group. Everyone should speak during each seminar.
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Speak in turn and allow others to finish their thoughts. Do not interrupt one another. Silent periods are OK.
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  • Fall '16
  • Pitharoulis
  • Psychology, Books, Thought, Intellectual

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