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Blog #1 Girls Night Out

Organizing and brainstorming a girl’s night out may not sound too difficult. What girls enjoy is simple; chick flicks, pedicures, shopping and dressing up. Sounds simple enough. Or so my good friend Mary and I thought as we embarked on hosting a senior girls night in celebration of graduating high school. We quickly brainstormed some fun activities for the evening, including dinner, dancing, and a slideshow of pictures and videos. The next step was creating the guest list. This proved more difficult then we anticipated as we struggled with limiting the number of girls to include. Mary had proposed an open invite to all the senior girls to prevent anyone from feeling left out. This initial step in the planning process challenged me to think critically and realistically. How much food should we then order? What space would be large enough and how will we get the finances to host that many people? Critically speaking, that idea was too much to plan in the few weeks we had until graduation. We limited the list to 30 girls and then faced a decision in communication- how to deliver the invites. Taking advantage of technology by sending them out over Facebook or text would be a simpler step to take, yet this would make the event too public. Mailing them would cost money for the materials, not to mention the hassle of gathering all the addresses.

We called and emailed locations to see about hosting the event. Communication was made hard as many of these didn’t return emails or phone calls promptly if at all. With these hassles piling up Mary and I asked some friends on how to make this event more manageable. As Cathy Davidson says in her book, Now You See It, “No matter how expert we are, no matter how brilliant, we can improve, we can learn, by sharing insights and working together collectively” (pg. 65). One friend suggested we create a group on Facebook and have the girls post pictures and videos of whatever they want to share. This would make the slideshow much easier to manage and organize with the other girls help.

Ultimately, this event taught me to give and take critical feedback. I needed advice from Mary, yet also saw the flaws in some of her suggestions and had to learn how to point those out while still respecting her thoughts. Just a she needed to point out some of the flaws in my ideas. Davidson goes onto say, “Learning to give and take feedback responsibly should be a key component of our training as networked citizens of the world” (pg. 107). It is necessary to give and take advice on anything in life, as we learn, grow, and benefit from it.

I think a fun boss-level challenge for this course would be to cover some story or event through film. Groups could create a newscast and cover current events, sports and weather for an assigned week. This would be fun yet cover serious topics and be presented in a professional manner.

Written by Lea Gralewski

Categories: Uncategorized
  1. September 15, 2011 at 2:11 am

    I think you’ve understood part of the book and assignment, but I’d like to challenge you a bit in terms of your analysis.

    The main concern I have is that developing an ability to think critically involves something different than what you describe here; you need to develop this idea further (e.g., you could google “critical thinking” to see if you can get to an understanding similar to what Cathy Davidson means by the term).

    Clearly, you learned some skills about planning parties. The more compelling aspect of your learning (more relevant to the book’s argument) has to do with learning to manage social relationships. I think the most interesting parts of the post include your point about asking for help, and your description of the creative use of FB to get the slide show organized. Can you comment more about how these particular skills relate to critical thinking or to judging quality?

    I’m also wondering about whether you can think of something you’ve learned from those who are not your peers, as that, too, was one of the implications of the chapters you read. You can receive credit for this blog by either deepening your analysis of the learning experience you describe or choosing a different learning experience that might fit better with the learning described in the readings.

    As to the boss-level challenge: sounds like you’d enjoy Newswriting & Reporting, where they do exactly what you suggest. Hope you can take that!

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