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Professional Development Course

Sessions

One
Two
Three
Four
Five
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1

Watch the video if you missed the live session.

(90 minutes, less if you speed it up)

Want the slides? They're in the folder you'll create in Step 2.

2

Create a folder and copy the course files.

(3 minutes)

You'll create the same files students use, plus a few extras.

  1. Create a Google Drive folder
  2. Go to the folder with the shared course files
  3. Select and copy the files
  4. Paste them into your folder

Sometimes Drive is ornery and you have to repeat steps 3 and 4 to make it work.

3

If you haven't gone through the Foundation activities, do that.

(30–45 minutes if needed)

The rest of the course will be challenging if you haven't done at least the Foundation activities. I went through some of these quickly in session one, but you'll want to get the full picture.

  1. Open the file named: 1. Next Time
  2. Start at the top of the Foundation section and follow the instructions
  3. Don't skip or skim. I suggest you take the VIA Assessment.

As you go through the activities, imagine what it would be like as a teen who either has no idea what college essays are, or has a warped perspective of them.

4

Notice. Get Curious. Play.

(ongoing observation and notes)

A lot of the course happens in between the sessions, as you're going about your day.

In the video, I talk a lot about Notice. Get Curious. Play. These are the most important four words in EssayQuest and in the training.

Over the week:

Notice and Get Curious about EssayQuest
As you go through EssayQuest, notice and get curious about:

  • Cognition: What’s happening in the brain
  • Communication: How information is being transmitted
  • Design: How it works

Notice and Get Curious about other aspects of your work
This could be work with students, managing your business or program, dealing with the dog who wants to join your zoom call...anything.

  • What are your other systems and processes?
  • What are your pain points?
  • What isn’t working as well as you’d like it to?
  • What do you want to spend less time doing?
  • What do you want to spend more time doing?

Take notes in the document titled 1a. Notice. Get Curious. Play. 

5

Start the Thinker Phase.

(5–60 minutes)

I encourage you to write a college essay using EssayQuest!

If nothing else, please read the comic on the main Thinker page.

You can do an abridged version of the activities to speed up the process. Even if you do a bit of each, you'll get a stronger sense of how students experience the program and how you can work with them.

And, it can be both eye-opening and fun!

 

  1. Open the file named: 1. Next Time
  2. Start at the top of the Thinker section and follow the instructions
  3. Do as much as you can. Don't skip over anything, though!

1

Catch up on Session One if you need to.

(90 minutes, less if you speed it up)

Do at least these activities from Session One:

  1. Watch the video
  2. Create a folder and copy the course files
  3. Go through the Foundation activities

Then, come back and watch the Session Two video.

2

Watch the video if you missed the live session.

(90 minutes, less if you speed it up)

Want the slides? They're in the folder you created after Session One.

3

Notice. Get Curious. Play.

(ongoing observation and notes)

A lot of the course happens in between the sessions, as you're going about your day.

In the video, I talk a lot about Notice. Get Curious. Play. These are the most important four words in EssayQuest and in the training.

Over the week:

Notice and Get Curious about EssayQuest
As you go through EssayQuest, notice and get curious about:

  • Cognition: What’s happening in the brain
  • Communication: How information is being transmitted
  • Design: How it works

Notice and Get Curious about other aspects of your work
This could be work with students, managing your business or program, dealing with the dog who wants to join your zoom call...anything.

  • What are your other systems and processes?
  • What are your pain points?
  • What isn’t working as well as you’d like it to?
  • What do you want to spend less time doing?
  • What do you want to spend more time doing?

Take notes in the document titled 1a. Notice. Get Curious. Play. 

4

Start the Storyteller Phase.

(15–90 minutes)

I encourage you to write a college essay using EssayQuest!

You can do an abridged version of the activities to speed up the process. Even if you do a bit of each, you'll get a stronger sense of how students experience the program and how you can work with them.

And, it can be both eye-opening and fun!

If nothing else, please read the comic on the main Storyteller page and the overvew pages for each of the major steps (Discover What You've Got, Create Your Personal Intentions, etc).

1

Catch up on Sessions One and Two if you need to.

(90 minutes–3 hours, less if you speed it up)

Do at least these activities from Session One:

  1. Watch the video
  2. Create a folder and copy the course files
  3. Go through the Foundation activities

Do at least these activities from Session Two:

  1. Watch the video
  2. Go through the Thinker activities (at least read through the section)

2

Watch the video if you missed the live session.

(90 minutes, less if you speed it up)

Want the slides? They're in the folder you created after Session One.

3

Notice. Get Curious. Play.

(ongoing observation and notes)

A lot of the course happens in between the sessions, as you're going about your day.

In the video, I talk a lot about Notice. Get Curious. Play. These are the most important four words in EssayQuest and in the training.

Over the week:

Notice and Get Curious about EssayQuest
As you go through EssayQuest, notice and get curious about:

  • Cognition: What’s happening in the brain
  • Communication: How information is being transmitted
  • Design: How it works

Notice and Get Curious about other aspects of your work
This could be work with students, managing your business or program, dealing with the dog who wants to join your zoom call...anything.

  • What are your other systems and processes?
  • What are your pain points?
  • What isn’t working as well as you’d like it to?
  • What do you want to spend less time doing?
  • What do you want to spend more time doing?

Take notes in the document titled 1a. Notice. Get Curious. Play. 

4

Read Through the Writer Phase.

(15–30 minutes)

Don't edit your essay!

Even if you've created a Storyteller draft, hold off on editing until after the session four video. 

If you have time, read through the Writer phase activities.

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