Time and Intensity Matter
A researcher named Malcolm Gladwell has studied what makes people achieve in whatever they are doing—like he studied the Beatles—and he said the one magic ingredient that makes people better is time spent working on something. People who are only so-so just put in half an hour of work. People who become excellent put in tons of time. They know how to turn off the TV and the computer games, and get to work.
Tonight and for the whole of this week, we’re expecting that you will not just put in your dutiful homework time. The research you are doing is for real, and you only have a little more than a week to do something significant. So tonight you’ll find your own sources. You can read or you can watch videos. But either way, collect.
Use every technique in the book to not only take notes, but to take note. Turn your mind on so that as you read and take notes, you make connections, ask questions, notice contradictions. Tomorrow we’ll talk about the thinking that you did as you researched.
For homework tonight find 5 sources to support your claim. Please print them out or email them to yourself so you can dive into them tomorrow in class.
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