CANDL stands for Creativity and Leadership. A First-Year Seminar class offered to the class of 2014 at Allegheny College in the fall of 2010, it focuses on developing their writing and public presentation skills. Through the exploration of ideas such as negotiation, dealing with work relationships, management theory, and self-erected blocks to creativity students aim to learn the skills needed in pursuing personal goals.
This is where we started -- readings about taking an active role in our education. It evolved organically, and some neat things have come out of it.
Whack on the Side of the Head
A text illustrating habits that people develop that inhibit creative expression.
During the process of reading WOTSOTH, everyone will contribute a journal on one of the ten roadblocks (found on page 23). There will be one short journal per chapter for the ten chapters. The journals will be a reflection on when you have noticed one of these roadblocks in your own life, how you plan to over come it, or how you have viewed someone else struggle with this roadblock. At the end of the unit we will ask for examples of journals for each of the ten major roadblocks and discuss them with the class. (Each of the roadblocks has a corresponding chapter in the text)
During class we will do some brainteaser/icebreakers that are designed to make one think more creatively. Some of these activities will include excerpts from the book that the group has found beneficial, icebreakers and other improv ideas.
- One: The Right Answer
- Two: That's not Logical
- Three: Follow the Rules
- Four: Be Practical
- Five: Play is Frivolous
- Six: That's not My Area
- Seven: Don't be Foolish
- Eight: Avoid Ambiguity
- Nine: To Err is Wrong
- Ten: I'm not Creative
The No-Asshole Rule
A text about dealing with colleagues who continually impede your forward progress by their negativity.
The Starfish and The Spider
A text that discusses management theory.
Getting to Yes
A text focusing on a specific method for the process of negotiation.
(Paige, Maddy, Sharat, Sarah, Alexis, Thom)
- Day 1: Preview
- Barbie vs. Ken * divide groups * explain backgrounds * explain situation * come to compromise - PowerPoint and Discussion HOMEWORK: Read Chapter 1: beginning section, "Arguing over positions produces unwise agreements," and "There is an alternative." Read Chapter 2: beginning section, "Negotiators are people first," Every negociator has two kinds of interests," "Perception," and "Communication."
- Day 2: Yes vs. No
- "Yes Man" / "No Man" scenes * show movie scenes * discussion * relate to chapter 1 negotiators - Assign scenes to groups * begin writing scripts HOMEWORK: TBA
- Day 3: Middle Man
- Finish writing scripts - Present skits and discuss HOMEWORK: TBA
- Day 4: Speaker
- Speaker - Discussion HOMEWORK: TBA
- Day 5: Big Compromise Introduction
- Introduce single party goal activity - Divide into three groups * come to group agreement on list of issues HOMEWORK: write letter to Pennsylvania about changing legislation
- Day 6: Big Compromise Conclusion
- Come to class agreement on list of issues - Closing discussion
These four texts lay the foundation for a discussion, and activity-filled seminar. Students hope to emerge with a sense of courage, confidence, writing, and speaking skills to succeed in the academic, as well as working, world.