Practical, Non-academic Skills* List


Make a list, as long as you can, of all of the practical, non-academic skills that you can do. I don't care if you can solve a quadratic equation or properly punctuate a sentence, but if you can change the tire on a car or bake a cake or do a back flip, then put it on the list.

Start your list right away. Use a page in a notebook that you always have with you, start a note page on your phone or lap top, but start soon and add things as soon as you think of them. You may get a lot of ideas right away, but things will come to you as you live your life for a week that you won't think of siting at your desk. As you develop your list, think about how you thought of the items on the list—how did these things come to mind?

This should be a numbered list. It should be things you able to DO and that you consider relevant to your life. It should not include things you learned to do in a class at school. Passive or autonomic things like watching TV or sleeping are not skills.

We will share these in class.

All papers must be typed using 12 point font, double spaced, spell checked, proof read, and have one inch margins. Be sure your name, my name, and the name of the class is at the top. Date the paper for the day it is actually submitted. Use page numbers at the bottom of each page. If your assignment is more than one page, please staple it in the upper left corner so pages don't get lost.

SKILL*  noun


the ability, coming from one's knowledge, practice, aptitude, etc., to do something well:

Carpentry was one of his many skills.