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Week of 21 July: Self-authoring

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Self-authoring: Reflect on the article "The Writing Assignment That Changes Lives" which is found in Writing/Introduction/Self-authoring

How do you think self-authoring could help you? And what about your students? Are there any obstacles to you using this approach?

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Self-authoring could help our learners set realistic goals when it comes to exam preparation, it also gives them a guide throughout the course, an anchor when trial times arrive and a sense of purpose. 

Possible class outline: Self-authoring.


Lead in: 

  1. Introduce the concept of self-authoring, explaining that it's a process of reflecting on one's past, present, and future to gain clarity and direction in life.
  2. Jordan Peterson and Self-Authoring: Briefly introduce Jordan Peterson as a psychologist and his work on self-authoring. Highlight the benefits of self-authoring, such as increased self-awareness and goal achievement.

Exploring the past: 

  1. Self-Reflective Activity: Distribute a worksheet or digital platform where students can write down significant events, achievements, challenges, and lessons from their past. Encourage them to reflect on how these experiences have shaped them.
  2. Pair Discussion: Have students pair up to discuss one important event from their past with their partner. Encourage them to share the impact of this event on their development.

Defining the present: 

  1. Present Self-Reflection: Ask students to jot down their current strengths, weaknesses, and aspirations. Discuss the idea that self-awareness is essential for personal growth.

Mapping the future: (You can narrow this broad topic by just asking students to set their learning goals in your classroom.)

  1. Introduction to Future Self: Explain the concept of a "future self" – the person they aspire to become. Emphasize the role of setting clear goals and envisioning their desired future. 
  2. Goal Setting Exercise: Have students list three specific goals they want to achieve in the next year, considering personal, academic, and professional aspects.
  3. Vision Statement: Instruct students to write a brief vision statement describing their ideal future self. Encourage them to use positive language and be detailed.


  1. Small Group Sharing: Divide students into small groups to share their future goals and vision statements. This encourages peer feedback and a sense of accountability.
  2. Whole-Class Discussion: Facilitate a brief discussion by asking volunteers to share their experiences, insights, and any challenges they encountered during the exercise.


  1. Homework: Assign students to continue working on their self-authoring process, refining their goals and vision statement. They can also explore more about Jordan Peterson's work if they're interested.