Parable of The Bricklayers Case Study Assignment schoolwork
Assignment ID Number AFFGEHU83939HD Type of Document Essay Writing Format APA/MLA/Harvard Academic Level Masters/University References/Sources 4 References
Parable of The Bricklayers Case Study Assignment schoolwork
Finding your Passion/Calling/Purpose
Parable of the bricklayers:
Three bricklayers are asked: “What are you doing?” The first says, “I am laying bricks.” The second says, “I am building a church.” And the third says, “I am building the house of God. ”
The first bricklayer has a job. The second has a career or profession. The third has a calling. In the parable of the bricklayers, everyone has the same occupation, but their subjective
experience – how they view their work – couldn’t be more different. It’s not that some kinds of occupations are necessarily jobs and other are careers and still others are callings. Instead,
what matters is whether the person doing the work believes that laying down the next brick is just something that needs to be done, or instead is something that will lead to future
success or connects the individual to something far greater than self. Your work can go from a job to a career to a calling without changing the occupation. Amy Wrzeniewski says “A lot
of people assume that what they need to do is find their calling. I think a lot of anxiety comes from the assumption that your calling is like a magical entity that exists in the world, waiting
to be discovered. A calling is not some fully formed thing that you find, it’s much more dynamic. Whatever you do – whether you’re a janitor or the CEO – you can continually look at what
you do and ask how it connects to other people, how it connects to the bigger picture, how it can be an expression of your deepest values.”
This assignment has several parts, make sure you clearly indicate what part you are responding to.
1.) Read the material from the book Grit by September 24th on finding your passion/purpose. How does Angela Duckworth, the author of Grit define purpose? What is the author’s top-level goal?
2.) Create your own version of the parable of the bricklayer by selecting a job relevant to you and create a listing of characteristics, thoughts, and actions of the person who has a job, a career, or a calling.
3.) Write a two-page paper that reflects upon finding your calling. Use some of the questions below as prompts for what you might include in the paper.
Where have you seen people in the same occupation viewing their work differently in your life?
How does what you’re currently doing connect to other people?
How does what you’re currently doing connect to the bigger picture of society?
How does what you’re currently doing express your deepest values?
What can you do to express your values in your work?
What are five things you commit to never doing at work or as a person?
What are five things you will always strive to do at work or as a person?
How do you know when you have developed a calling?
Does it matter if you ever find or view your work as your calling in life? Why or why not?
The author of Grit says callings must benefit others, do you agree or disagree with this statement? Provide an example or two to support your view.
Why do you think most people don’t view their work as a calling?
Do you know anything about what your calling in life is supposed to be?
How will I leave this world a little bit better because I was here?
What do I want to be remembered for after living a long life?
Have you ever been so immersed in what you were doing that you lost track of time? If so, what activity were you doing? This is called Flow and can be one of the first indications of a calling.
What would you do if you had no fear of failure?
What would you do if you didn’t need to work for money?
What is something you think you would regret not doing?
Uses your unique strengths and talents.
How would knowledge of your purpose guide you in your decisions?
Imagine yourself fifteen years from now. What do you think will be most important to you then?
Can you think of someone whose life inspires you to be a better person? Who? Why?
Upload the paper and the other two parts of the assignment to BlackBoard no later than Monday, September 30th. The assignment is worth 100 points.
Paper organization: Up to 20 points
Creativity: Up to 20 points
Thoughtfully answering several of the reflection questions: Up to 20 points
Correctly identifying the answer to question 1: Up to 10 points
Creating your own version of the bricklayer parable: Up to 20 points
Use of proper grammar, spelling, etc.: Up to 10 points
Example of a parable of a teacher
Does the minimum required.
Reads PowerPoint slides from the screen.
Tests come from a test bank and are machine graded.
Doesn’t care if students do well or not.
Just teaches what is in the book.
More likely to be an easy grader and pass everyone, because they don’t want to make any waves.
Has standards that they want the student to meet.
Not likely to pass a student who doesn’t understand the material.
Has a mixture of lectures and classroom activities.
Gives some service to the school or profession.
Stays current in their field through continued education.
Attends professional conferences.
Wants every student to succeed, takes it personally when a student fails a test. Asks what could I have done better to help this student learn and master the material.
Knows the student’s names
Creates an environment of trust
Creates activities that help the students’ understand why what they are learning is important and how to apply it in their lives.
Is more likely to get an award for their teaching efforts.
Is more likely to have students visit them during office hours.
Constantly thinks about how to improve.
Knows how to motivate students to do the best work.
Passionate about what they teach.
Use real world examples
Customize PowerPoints and test questions.
Sets high expectations, but helps students reach those expectations.
Is someone you don’t want to disappoint by doing less than your best work for.
Gives honest and meaningful feedback.
Changes the lives of their students for the better.
Works even when not getting paid for it.
Responds quickly to emails at all hours and on weekends.
Takes students to professional conferences
Introduces them to their networks
Helps students find jobs.
Willing to spend their own money for supplies or activities for the students.
QUALITY OF RESPONSE NO RESPONSE POOR / UNSATISFACTORY SATISFACTORY GOOD EXCELLENT Content (worth a maximum of 50% of the total points) Zero points: Student failed to submit the final paper. 20 points out of 50: The essay illustrates poor understanding of the relevant material by failing to address or incorrectly addressing the relevant content; failing to identify or inaccurately explaining/defining key concepts/ideas; ignoring or incorrectly explaining key points/claims and the reasoning behind them; and/or incorrectly or inappropriately using terminology; and elements of the response are lacking. 30 points out of 50: The essay illustrates a rudimentary understanding of the relevant material by mentioning but not full explaining the relevant content; identifying some of the key concepts/ideas though failing to fully or accurately explain many of them; using terminology, though sometimes inaccurately or inappropriately; and/or incorporating some key claims/points but failing to explain the reasoning behind them or doing so inaccurately. Elements of the required response may also be lacking. 40 points out of 50: The essay illustrates solid understanding of the relevant material by correctly addressing most of the relevant content; identifying and explaining most of the key concepts/ideas; using correct terminology; explaining the reasoning behind most of the key points/claims; and/or where necessary or useful, substantiating some points with accurate examples. The answer is complete. 50 points: The essay illustrates exemplary understanding of the relevant material by thoroughly and correctly addressing the relevant content; identifying and explaining all of the key concepts/ideas; using correct terminology explaining the reasoning behind key points/claims and substantiating, as necessary/useful, points with several accurate and illuminating examples. No aspects of the required answer are missing. Use of Sources (worth a maximum of 20% of the total points). Zero points: Student failed to include citations and/or references. Or the student failed to submit a final paper. 5 out 20 points: Sources are seldom cited to support statements and/or format of citations are not recognizable as APA 6th Edition format. There are major errors in the formation of the references and citations. And/or there is a major reliance on highly questionable. The Student fails to provide an adequate synthesis of research collected for the paper. 10 out 20 points: References to scholarly sources are occasionally given; many statements seem unsubstantiated. Frequent errors in APA 6th Edition format, leaving the reader confused about the source of the information. There are significant errors of the formation in the references and citations. And/or there is a significant use of highly questionable sources. 15 out 20 points: Credible Scholarly sources are used effectively support claims and are, for the most part, clear and fairly represented. APA 6th Edition is used with only a few minor errors. There are minor errors in reference and/or citations. And/or there is some use of questionable sources. 20 points: Credible scholarly sources are used to give compelling evidence to support claims and are clearly and fairly represented. APA 6th Edition format is used accurately and consistently. The student uses above the maximum required references in the development of the assignment. Grammar (worth maximum of 20% of total points) Zero points: Student failed to submit the final paper. 5 points out of 20: The paper does not communicate ideas/points clearly due to inappropriate use of terminology and vague language; thoughts and sentences are disjointed or incomprehensible; organization lacking; and/or numerous grammatical, spelling/punctuation errors 10 points out 20: The paper is often unclear and difficult to follow due to some inappropriate terminology and/or vague language; ideas may be fragmented, wandering and/or repetitive; poor organization; and/or some grammatical, spelling, punctuation errors 15 points out of 20: The paper is mostly clear as a result of appropriate use of terminology and minimal vagueness; no tangents and no repetition; fairly good organization; almost perfect grammar, spelling, punctuation, and word usage. 20 points: The paper is clear, concise, and a pleasure to read as a result of appropriate and precise use of terminology; total coherence of thoughts and presentation and logical organization; and the essay is error free. Structure of the Paper (worth 10% of total points) Zero points: Student failed to submit the final paper. 3 points out of 10: Student needs to develop better formatting skills. The paper omits significant structural elements required for and APA 6th edition paper. Formatting of the paper has major flaws. The paper does not conform to APA 6th edition requirements whatsoever. 5 points out of 10: Appearance of final paper demonstrates the student’s limited ability to format the paper. There are significant errors in formatting and/or the total omission of major components of an APA 6th edition paper. They can include the omission of the cover page, abstract, and page numbers. Additionally the page has major formatting issues with spacing or paragraph formation. Font size might not conform to size requirements. The student also significantly writes too large or too short of and paper 7 points out of 10: Research paper presents an above-average use of formatting skills. The paper has slight errors within the paper. This can include small errors or omissions with the cover page, abstract, page number, and headers. There could be also slight formatting issues with the document spacing or the font Additionally the paper might slightly exceed or undershoot the specific number of required written pages for the assignment. 10 points: Student provides a high-caliber, formatted paper. This includes an APA 6th edition cover page, abstract, page number, headers and is double spaced in 12’ Times Roman Font. Additionally, the paper conforms to the specific number of required written pages and neither goes over or under the specified length of the paper.
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