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Teaching Practices:  Nakagawa's Seminar Class of 1st-year Students for Learning with "7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens" by Sean Covey

Toru Nakagawa, Jan. 2, 2010
Written in Japanese: Jan. 2, 2010 ; Feb. 16, 2011
Posted on Jan. 3, 2010; Updated: Mar. 11, 2010; Added: Mar. 13, 2011

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Editor's Note (Toru Nakagawa, Jan. 3, 2010)

This page intends to describe the background of my writing Toru Nakagawa's Mission Statement posted in a separate page.  Even though I wrote it in detail (about 7 pages) in Japanese, I will write it here in English just briefly:

[A] Nakagawa's teaching practices were reported in ETRIA TFC 2007 in detail.  The Seminar Class is a mandatory class for 1st-year students at Faculty of Informatics of Osaka Gakuin University.  Its purpose is to have basic training of 'Reading, Writing, Thinking, and Presenting', preset by the university for all the 1st-year students.  I am teaching 2 such classes of 11 and 12 students each. It has 14 lessons of 90 minutes.  Teaching materials and ways to training are left to individual teachers.  Since October 2008 I used the new material of Sean Covey's book.

[B] In May 2008, I learned the book "7 Habits of Highly Effective People" written by Stephen R. Covey.  The papers by Paul Filmore (Univ. of Plymouth) discussing on 'highly effective engineers' presented at Japan TRIZ Symposium 2007 and TRIZCON2008 were the triggers to it.  I read the book (in Japanese translation) with much interest. I also read a Japanese book "Teaching Practices of 7 Habits in Elementary School" written by Naohisa Watanabe.  It introduced me to "7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens" written by Sean Covey.  I was much impressed with the importance and clarity of these books and decided to use the last one as the text in my seminar class.

[C] In my Seminar Class we learned the book along its course as:

(1) (2) (3): Self introduction of the members, and Introduction part of the book.
(4)(5): Habit 1: Be Proactive.                           ==> [Report 1]
(6)(7): Habit 2: Begin with the End in Mind 
(8)(9): Habit 3: Put First Things First            ==> [Report 2]
(10)(11): The Relationship; Habit 4: Think Win-Win 
(12):   Habit 5: Think First to Understand, Then to Be Understood
(13):   Habit 6: Synergize
(14):   Habit 7: Sharpen the Saw; Keep Hope Alive!   ==> [Report 3]

I request the students to read (important) paragraphs aloud by turn and then to discuss on the contents together.  Students are also requested to submit three Reports as shown above.  The topic was set as 'What I learned and What I thought in the Seminar Class". 

Nakagawa read the students' reports, revised/brushed up some parts of them for each student, and wrote comments on them.  The comments include how to improve the expressions, how to improve the structure of writings, discussion on the understanding of the book, comments and discussions on the students' attitudes/habits/thoughts, etc.  Mission Statement of each student is one of the main topics.

I decided to return the students' reports not individually but to the whole class in the form of Collection of Reports and Comments of all the students together.  Reading reports written by friends and comments to all the members, the students can learn a lot more and understand one another much better. 

While I was writing comments on students' Report 2, I felt I was discussing on personal thoughts and inner life of students.  Hence I thought I should also write a Report on What I learned and what I thought in the Seminar Class.  Thus I wrote Toru Nakagawa's Mission Statement and its description . My students were surprised and glad to read my writing. 

[D] In the Japanese page , I have shown my representative comments which I wrote on students' Reports.  They may be useful for students to understand how to write reports better, and for ordinary readers to understand students' thinking and how to teach students on this topic, I hope.


[E] (Mar. 11, 2010) A collection of excerpts of Students' Reports  have been posted on a separate page in Japanese.  All the 15 students who submitted their reports have contributed to the page.  I posted them with the hope that our readers understand what the students learned and thought in the Seminr Class and also some results of the Class. 


[F] (Mar. 13, 2011) A new collection of 'Students Reports with Nakagawa's Comments' is now posted in Japanese in a new page.

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