Crowsnest Rules

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  • Remember required texts and bring only water;
  • Value and participate in one conversation;
  • Follow the spirit of dress code because it saves more time for learning;
  • Use your computer as a 21st century learning tool: comply with “Peace Out” moments;
  • Prepare your bladder for as if class were a job interview. If you really have to go, leave quietly and leave your cell phone on your desktop. That said, I hope you would take care of business before a job interview and the start of class. We are fortunate to be near a restroom on the third floor.
  • The protocol (steps) for the intellectual punishment for those who need more help managing their laptop in class will be for that student to research an article that explains best for him or her how multitasking is a myth. Students can research a variety of sources, and ideally he or she will find one that best conveys the idea to a high school student. The student can then create a blog post and explain what he or she learned and explicate the most important aspect of the article. Here are other posts from our category on the blog:
    http://digitalcrowsnest.wordpress.com/category/myth-of-multitasking/

The Myth of Multitasking. Below are some links to begin your search. You can use these as starting points or find another credible source for your critique. I am also open to conversations that approach this issue from the other perspective. Nevertheless, there are many great brains on my side. On Chirsten Rosen's The New Atlantis web page, I found this great quotation: "In one of the many letters he wrote to his son in the 1740s, Lord Chesterfield offered the following advice: “There is time enough for everything in the course of the day, if you do but one thing at once, but there is not time enough in the year, if you will do two things at a time.” To Chesterfield, singular focus was not merely a practical way to structure one’s time; it was a mark of intelligence. “This steady and undissipated attention to one object, is a sure mark of a superior genius; as hurry, bustle, and agitation, are the never-failing symptoms of a weak and frivolous mind.” (http://www.thenewatlantis.com/publications/the-myth-of-multitasking).