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Attention Restoration

For more on the beneficial effects of nature and clearing your head in general: Read Science’s Newest Miracle Drug Is Free (Outside, 2019) Watch Changing Perspective (Headspace, 2017) Attention Restoration …

Discipline of Breaks

For more on the benefits of taking breaks and not overworking: Read Chapter 2 of Great at Work by Morten Hansen (2018) Here is a quick summary of some of …

Teaching Style + Resources

Teaching Style My approach to teaching focuses on three things: Creating an engaging conceptual vocabulary people can use and share. Providing plenty of opportunities for low-stakes practice. Helping people apply …

Introduction

If needed, take some time to review the first three courses in this program: Writing and Editing: Word Choice and Word Order Writing and Editing: Structure and Organization Writing and …

Weekly Goals

By the end of Week 2, you will be able to: Identify uselessly accurate information Fix a “zombie noun” Decrease the amount of “clutter” in your writing Properly place commas …

Weekly Goals

By the end of Week 3, you will be able to: Learn to see your writing as a reader would Embrace “the discipline of breaks” Build in time for “attention …

Weekly Goals

By the end of Week 4, you will be able to: Practice using the “E-D-I-T” framework Reconnect with material we covered earlier in the series Experiment with “Keep/Cut” Use “premortems” …

Weekly Goals

By the end of Week 1, you will be able to: Recognize the difference between editing and proofreading Use an “extra ear” to improve your writing Understand that editing begins …

Course Syllabus

Professor Patrick Barry is a clinical assistant professor and the director of digital academic initiatives at the University of Michigan Law School. His teaching and research focus on creating a …