Inquiry Proect Beta

The draft of my final paper can be found here.


Right now I am pretty proud of myself for banging this out during a sick day (yes, more headaches).  However I feel like I lost a lot of my direction towards the end and I think I am too close to the writing right now to see exactly where it stops making sense/being cohesive.  I also have some work to do to meet the 3500 word requirement, I think I’m at just about 2900 now. So I’m not sure where I should beef up the writing, or if I should include a whole new concept somewhere? Or is the content more important than the word count and I should leave it be? I don’t know, I need direction! Eek!

Real Estate and Interior Design

WordPress forever! I have decided that for my final project I will create a new WordPress site (ughh but why can’t I just keep THIS one?!) if only for the reason that I feel like I only JUST figured out how to use it.  I honestly do not have the patience or the interest to try to figure out a new site for this one thing.  I have figured out the interface for WordPress and I like it well enough and I will call it my squishy and it shall be my squishy.

Now for the important bits!
My general outline as presented by the prompt:

1) It is generally understood that not every child is motivated to learn, and I think it is equally understood that perhaps we could do a little better to engage children on an individual basis.  Here I would like to talk about some research done on interest, learning, and motivation. Perhaps I will be able to pinpoint here what is necessary to inspire a thirst for knowledge so I can suggest how to create that in an applied environment.

2) I find it problematic that we just accept that some people “don’t like learning”.  I truly believe that everyone likes learning about something, we just have to find out WHAT. I would like to change this perception and encourage everyone to seek out the knowledge they love.

3) Here I will insert first anecdotal evidence of how knowledge does not = understanding, then further discuss the research on learning and motivation.  Perhaps then I can bridge the disconnect and bring in how technology can assist.

4)  My thesis is not quite developed here, but I think it will be along the lines of ‘we need to encourage and teach learning what you love and teach on a more engaging and dynamic level.’

5) Here I will insert my Wikipedia Wars to demonstrate the fluidity of knowledge, as well as my example of how we can engage students dynamically even when studying something as general as the Civil War.

The State of MY Union Address

My fellow Americans,

We gather here today in the vast internetspace not just to reflect on our past month here as a community, but to rejoice in the glow of only one more month! Let us begin by discussion the progression of the KahnQuest. The quest began with one noble young girl’s dream to bring her internet based time-wasting game to the forefront for all of her class to enjoy.  From there it developed into an academic pursuit, testing the waters of questioning credible sources, while also leading an investigation on the search for knowledge, what inspires it, and how to improve it.  America, what a ride it has been! For it was not the easiest pursuit. It has been a tumultuous uphill climb to find academic research on a source that some find so decidedly un-academic. But through the help of ERIC, Google Scholar, and Jason Coats, appropriate tags have been claimed and utilized for this endeavor.  As for the dreamers who have inspired so much conversation amongst us, I say…meh. I have found you useful and interesting when I have had to and I appreciate your role in this class, but I am super seriously tired of hashing open the same few paragraphs.  Ahem, carrying on. The nation of Kahntopia would like to thank Dr. Coats for both his help and counsel throughout these trying times, as well as the brief tour of his bookcase.  While it is a very odd thing to figure out the dynamics of Gchat with a professor you are meeting for the first time, it was a very valuable conference that left me feeling confident in my ability to squish all of the variations of my topic into one big superproject. I think through that conference I have gained some perspective on what to expect in the future, as well as some reassurance that I am not doing this all completely wrong. I look forward to seeing how we all progress as a group of nations.  Thank you, America, and goodnight.