Probably to our professor's distress, my first literacy event for this semester is going to be a description of how I had a brief moment of confusion while reading his syllabus this semester. In the weekly course schedule, there are two columns: Class Discussion, and Assignments. In the Assignments Column, he typically writes the name of the author to read for that week, for example, “Jurmo, Belfiore Intro.” But in other weeks, he wrote simply, “B1 (and skim B2)” or “B3 B6.”
In reading the table as one single document, I can easily deduce that in the first week, we'll read the Jurmo article and the Introduction to the Belfiore text. The following week, we will read Belfiore Chapter 1, and skim Belfiore Chapter 2, and the week after that, we’ll be reading Belfiore chapters 3 & 6. But if I’m using the table as a calendar, outside of the previous weeks’ context, reading straight across for this week's assignment: B3 B6. I had a brief moment where I had no idea what that meant.
Now, I have the benefit of having been in Dr. Muth’s classes before, and I have seen this type of course schedule weekly calendar before, so I was able to put it in context and understand the assignment for this week. But I did take a minute and scratch my head and think, “Wait, what does B3 mean?”
"We are all on a learning curve." (Belfiore et al, 2004, p.225)