FA4 - Reading Assignments

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One of the best ways for instructors to find information that will help them improve their teaching is through reading. In addition to the textbook (described elsewhere) there are three short (and inexpensive) required books for this course and several "highly recommended" (for extra credit) books. All of these books can be purchased through amazon.com (just follow the book title links below) or acquired through almost any local bookstore (they may or may not be available through the CSUSB Bookstore).

Please acquire these books and start reading ASAP! And please continue working on and submitting the other ECTS 501 assignments while you are working on FA4.

After reading all three of the following books, please respond to the related directives for each book (see below) in the order indicated, then send the completed FA4 assignment for all three required books and any or all of the optional (highly recommended) books in the same e-mail message to the course instructor. The books are:


The One Minute Manager
by Johnson and Blanchard

This short book is easy to read and illustrates specific strategies for developing productive interpersonal relationships. For additional information and/or to order the book, follow the book title link above or cover link at left to Amazon.com.

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
by Steven Covey

This short book is a little longer but filled with excellent specific information to help facilitate success. For additional information and/or to order the book, follow the book title link above or cover link at left to Amazon.com.

The Four Agreements
by don Miguel Ruiz

This is an excellent book, both very short and very easy to read that provides important insight into self and others. For additional information and/or to order the book, follow the book title link above or cover link at left to Amazon.com.


PREPARATION OF THE FA4 READING REPORT

After reading The One Minute Manager respond to these directives:
  1. Briefly describe a specific situation where you have given (or could give) a student a "one minute praise."
  2. Briefly describe a specific situation where you have given (or could give) a student a "one minute reprimand."
  3. Briefly describe, from your own experience, why "one minute goals" work.

After reading The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People respond to these directives:
  1. Briefly describe a specific situation where you have (or could) "be proactive."
  2. Briefly describe a specific situation where you have (or could) "begin with the end in mind."
  3. Briefly describe your own personal plan (or strategy) to "put first things first."
  4. Briefly describe a specific situation where you have (or could) "think Win-Win."
  5. Briefly describe a specific situation where you have (or could) "seek first to understand ..."
  6. Briefly describe a specific situation where you have (or could) "use synergy."
  7. Briefly describe your own personal plan (present and future) to "sharpen the saw."

After reading The Four Agreements respond to these directives:
  1. Briefly describe each of the four agreements described by Ruiz.
  2. Briefly describe what you felt was of most value in this book.
All of the above should be included in the same e-mail message to the instructor. Please include each directive, followed by your response.

Follow this text link to see:
Fred Fudrucker's FA4 Example.

EVALUATION - all options

FULL CREDIT will be awarded for insightful responses about each of the three books listed above.
ADDITIONAL CREDIT will be awarded for insightful responses about any of the five books listed below or any book you have read and briefly describe that you believe has helped you understand more about teaching and learning. The instructor will e-mail any scholars who may need to modify or correct their FA4 Report in order to earn full credit. This partiicular assignment is a real "treasure trove" of additional credit for anyone who may need that, but I believe the value of all of these books goes well beyond anything to do with credit.

Recommended Additional Reading - I have found each of the following listed books (some may be out of print, but used copies can be found of all the books listed at amazon.com or other online book sellers) to be particularly helpful. What I believe is most important is sincere reflections of how what you have read has influenced you: Follow this text link to see an expanded list of:
Dr. Pendleton's Recommended Books