NOTICE: (Updated March 5, 2010)

Beginning December 19, 2009, Books 'N Border Collies will be posting but only intermittently while I pursue personal goals. I plan to share some reading I'm doing, but there will be no reviews. I will, however, be sharing my exploration of vegetarian cooking and the cookbooks and websites I use to educate myself. I hope you enjoy it!


Monday, March 16, 2009

Lifetime Learning Project: 2009 General Concepts

The yearly "goals" I will set for my Lifetime Learning Project are general concepts I would like to explore along with one or two specific Projects to support them.

2009 General Concepts

1) To explore various methods of self-education on various topics in order to identify subjects and techniques I would like to use going forward with my Lifetime Learning Project (LLP).

2) To expand my knowledge regarding how to study and write about literature in general.

3) To utilize Books 'N Border Collies to hone my writing and communication skills in an effort to provide entertaining and educational content for my readers.

Mini-Project 1: Read all the books and listen to all the lectures for The Teaching Company Course "Classic Novels: Meeting The Challenge of Great Literature".

Mini-Project 2: Compose an essay on the use of Reading Challenges for personal growth and self-education.

At the end of the year, I will revisit all of these goals in writing. I will explain what I did to achieve each one or why achievement was not attained.

To assist in achievement of the General Concepts, I am setting both flexible quarterly goals and more concrete monthly goals. I started this too late to include First Quarter of 2009, so I will begin this year's plan with Second Quarter:

2009 Second Quarter Goals
2009 Third Quarter Goals
2009 Fourth Quarter Goals
2009 Summary

(Note: I will be writing the "Goals" posts in the future and will link them here as they are finished. The whole Project will be linked in my sidebar for easy access. I'm off to write Second Quarter Goals now!)


Shelley said...

Great goals! I would love to do something like this myself.

Lezlie said...

Shelley ~ Thanks! I'm having a great time with all the planning, but I'm going to have to buckle down to the actual reading very soon here. :-) If you do a plan, I can't wait to see the goals you choose! You know I'll be there to cheer you on!


The Bookworm said...

great goals and best of luck :O)

Lezlie said...

Naida ~ Thanks! I'm excited to finally have some organization. :-)


Serena said...

those are great goals and you are indeed more organized than I am.

Lezlie said...

Serena ~ I couldn't believe how much trouble I had putting it in writing! I made me realize how truly scattered I was. :-)


Nan said...

This is really great! Literary, organizational fun!

Lezlie said...

Thank you, Nan! I'm having so much fun with this. My only wish is that I had more time to dedicate to it!


Rebecca Reid said...

The Teaching Company lectures seem very interesting (I just browsed the site). I'd be curious to hear how it works for you. Did you get just lectures or the videos?

Lezlie said...

Rebecca ~ I can't say enough good things about The Teaching Company. I've listened to a couple dozen of their courses in literature, history, religion and philosophy over the last few years and have learned a ton from every one of them. (I *highly* recommend the course on Ancient Egypt!!)

When I buy courses, I tend to get the audio CD's. That way I can listen to them in the car, at work, whereever. However, I have watched a few of the lectures on DVD (science ones that my husband bought), and it was nice to have not only the visual of the instructor, but there are other pictures, charts, etc., that make them fun to watch also.

My preference for the audio is simply convenience, but I would love to experience more of the courses in DVD format.