Week 5- What is collaboration and how do I read closely?

The purpose of this practiceis to is to create your definition of collaboration and begin to read closely

Guiding Principle

If you practice collaboration and close reading, you will be able to figure out what others have to say on a given subject.


Learners who practice collaboration and close reading, can figure out what others have to say on a given subject.


Create “your own”clear and accurate definitions of collaboration and begin to read closely about collaboration

Practice Order

I. Absorb Set

Course Website
Read/view weekly course content

Take a 12 hour break (min.)

II. Do Set

Learner Blogs
Complete course activities on your personal course blog.

Due by Saturday 11:59 pm

Take a 12 hour break (min.)

III. Connect Set

Google Classroom

  • Complete providing feedback
Due by Monday 11:59 pm

Take a 12 hour break (min.)

IV. Reflect Set

Google Classroom

Grades- Complete self- assessment

Due by Tuesday 11:59 pm

Your personal bubble is the small world you live in (we all have one), where you are the center of the universe. You are concerned with your wellbeing, with not wanting to look bad, with succeeding in life, with your personal pleasure (good food, good music, good sex, etc.). This is the bubble we all live in most of the time.

When someone tells you you look fat, this only hurts because you’re in your personal bubble. You take that statement (a colleague who says you look fat) and believe that it’s about you, and feel the pain or embarrassment of how the statement affects you. It matters a lot, because in your bubble, what matters most is how everything affects you personally.

If we can learn to get outside this personal bubble, and see things from a less self-centered approach, we can do amazing things.

Seth Godin

If you can read a paragraph well, you can read a chapter well, because a chapter is nothing more than a collection of paragraphs. If you can read a chapter well, you can read a book well, because a book is nothing more than a collection of chapters.

Skilled readers do not read blindly, but purposely. They have an agenda, goal, or objective. Their purpose, together with the nature of what they are reading, determines how they read. They read in different ways for different purposes in different situations. Of course, reading has a nearly universal purpose: to figure out what an author has to say on a given subject. The Critical Thinking Foundation

 How to Listen and Read Well 

What is collaboration and how do I read closely?

The meaning of sadhana.

Sadhana does not mean any specific kind of activity. Sadhana means you are using everything as a tool to open to the flow of natural experience.

Natural experience opens your connection to understanding and wisdom as it naturally comes and goes in the give and take of the river of life.

Sadhguru & T.Y. Pang

The meaning of true education.

True education should wake up the Innate Humanity inside of you. When you reach a higher level of practice and understanding, you learn to harmonize yourself inside, then you become able to harmonize with other people, and with outside situations.

T.Y. Pang

The Promise

It is up to you to make the time for practice; the more you practice the more you will learn.

Time is a created thing. To say I don’t have time,’ is like saying, I don’t want to.

― Lao Tzu

I. Absorb Set
Practice in order

Let’s Begin

First, please complete the sadhana practice. Second, click on each question and review each answer. Third, take a break!

1. Complete your sadhana practice.

Sadhana does not mean any specific kind of activity, sadhana means you are using everything as a tool to open to the flow of natural learning.

The purpose of this sadhana is to help you get started opening to the flow of natural experience .

Center yourself.

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This weeks centering thought

Close your eyes and quietly sit straight and upright head and spine straight, concentrating only on your breath for 2 minutes. Sit in an erect position, shoulders relaxed, palms flat on thighs. Center your focus on your midsection. Breath in and out deeply through your nose.

Quietly sit straight and upright head and spine straight, concentrating only on your breath. Sit in an erect position, shoulders relaxed, palms flat on thighs. Center your focus on your midsection. Breath in and out deeply through your nose.

Pay attention to your spine.

Your spine is where you will feel the flow of energy. Notice which parts of the spine feel warm and where there are no feelings or numbness. This information will indicate where your energy is flowing and where it is not. Your energy originates in the spine and flows out through the body.

straight and upright
When thoughts come up, let them go gently.

Don’t beat yourself up. That brings more thought. Gently let them go. Use the RAIN tool below to help you gently let go.

  • Recognize your thoughts.
  • Allow your thoughts to be just as they are.
  • Investigate your thoughts with kindness.
  • Natural awareness will come from not identifying with your thoughts.

Throughout the week, keep reminding yourself why you do sadhana.

Otherwise, your thoughts, your emotions, your physicality will get entangled with your runaway mind.

Practice tapping into your awareness to open your mind and take your thinking apart.
2. What is collaboration?

Collaboration is the keystone of success. 

Collaboration isn’t about being best friends, or even necessarily liking everyone you’re working with. It is about putting all and any baggage aside, bringing your best self to the table, and focusing on the common goal.

Some of us are wary of collaboration because we feel threatened by it. Will I get credit for my contribution? And who wants to be one of many, just a cog in the wheel? We want to be stars, unique, fabulous. This narcissistic mindset is endemic in our culture these days, fed by media (and reality TV). Now that we can all document our daily lives for hundreds, if not thousands, to see, our egos risk becoming inflated, not based on any accomplishments but simply because we’re stars on our own Facebook page. A dangerous threat to your career if you are unwilling to work with others in a productive way.

Collaboration isn’t about giving up your individuality. Quite the opposite: it’s about realizing your potential. It’s about bringing your many gifts to the table and sharing them in pursuit of a common goal. It’s about bringing your ideas, your passion, your mind, heart, and soul to your leadership and culture.

What it isn’t about is an inflated ego, a thin skin, a closed mind. In today’s roiling, racing, collaborative, diverse, and thrilling global business economy, these are nothing less than career, leadership, and workplace culture killers.

I hope I’ve convinced you that collaboration is imperative to success. If you want to see what the potential for collaborative success looks like, look in the mirror. It starts with you.

by Meghan M. Biro
3. What is the power of collaboration?
The Power of Collaboration
4. What is the disruptive power of collaboration?
The Disruptive Power of Collaboration
5. What is close reading?
6. What are the 5 levels of close reading?
7. First level- How do I paraphrase short quotes?

According to the Oxford English Dictionary, to “paraphrase” is to express the meaning of (a written or spoken passage, or the words of an author or speaker) using different words, esp. to achieve greater clarity. To the extent that you cannot state in our own words the meaning of a word, sentence, or passage, you lack an understanding of that word, sentence, or passage. You bring ideas into your thinking by “thinking them into our thinking.” One of the best ways to do this is to practice paraphrasing — writing in your own words your understanding of an idea, sentence, or passage.

This is easier said than done. To paraphrase a substantive sentence or passage effectively, the writer must come to think, and appreciate, the substantive thought behind the sentence or passage. Without this appreciation, without deeply understanding the thought expressed in the original, one cannot render that thought adequately in different words.

One way to paraphrase quotes is to begin by writing out your initial thoughts. Then paraphrase the quote in the light of your commentary. In your commentary, explain the significance of what is being talked about and what is being said. If there is an important concept at the heart of the quote — a concept such as democracy or power as in the two example quotes below — think through that concept before you paraphrase.


  • He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetuate it. — Martin Luther King, Jr.
    • Possible answer: People who see unethical things being done to others but who fail to intervene (when they are able to intervene) are as unethical as those who are causing harm in the first place.
  • Every effort to confine Americanism to a single pattern, to constrain it to a single formula, is disloyalty to everything that is valid in Americanism. — Henry Steele Commager
    • Possible answer: There is no one “right way” to be an American. When everyone in America is expected to think within one belief system, when people are ostracized or persecuted for thinking autonomously, when people are labeled “UnAmerican” for independent thinking, the only legitimate definition of “true American” is annulled.
  • Liberty is the only thing you cannot have unless you are willing to give it to others. — William Allen White
    • If you want to be free, you have to allow others their freedom.
  •  I can’t understand why people are frightened of new ideas. I’m frightened of the old ones. — John Cage
    • Many of the ideas that have permeated human thinking throughout the years are harmful or dangerous. An old idea is not necessarily a good idea, nor is a new idea necessarily a bad one.
8. Second Level- How to I explicate the thesis of paragraph?

Another way of approaching understanding powerful ideas, is by stating the idea in your own words, elabo- rating that idea, giving an example of it, and then developing an analogy or illustration of the idea if you can. If you can’t think of an analogy, don’t be too concerned. An analogy is an example or idea from a different domain of thought that helps you better understand the original idea. These are frequently difficult to develop, whereas examples from your life should be easier to develop.

Use the following template to guide you in explicating the following quotes:


“All truly wise thoughts have been thought already thousands of times; but to make them truly ours, we must think them over again honestly, till they take root in our personal experience.” — Goethe

  1. The essence of this quote is that the most important ideas are not new, but what is new is using them in our thinking. We have to think them through for ourselves, again and again, until we can use them in our lives
  2. In other words, we don’t have to be brilliant to use significant ideas in our life. All of the most important ideas have already been figured out and thought through numerous times throughout history. But if we want to take possession of these ideas, we have to be committed to working them into our thinking, connecting them to personal experience, and then using them to guide our behavior. If we want to live better lives, we don’t have to come up with novel or original ideas. Rather, we need to learn how to live the ones already available to us
  3. For example consider what Socrates proposed (around 600 B.C.): The unexamined life is not worth living. Throughout history, many people have said that if you want to improve your life, you have to look at the way you live; you have to think about your behavior and what causes you to behave irrationally. Yet, few people take this idea seriously. Few have thought about what it would mean to examine their life. Few have any tools for doing this. Few have related this idea to their personal experience. Few have really faced themselves straight on.
  4. To give you a metaphor (or analogy) so you can better understand what I am saying, consider this: Every city has libraries containing thousands of books that express important ideas and experiences. Yet, most of these books are ignored, not read. Few think of the library as a place to gain ideas that can change their lives for the better. Few realize that rather than to seek out a flashy (and probably superficial) new idea from the mass media, they should master some of the many old, time- tested, deep, and important ideas (from a library or good bookstore).

Follow these directions:

  1. State the main point of the paragraph in one or two sentences.
  2. Then elaborate on what you have paraphrased (“In other words,…”).
  3. Give examples of the meaning by tying it to concrete situations in the real world. (For example,…)
  4. Generate metaphors, analogies, pictures, or diagrams of the basic thesis to connect it to other meanings you already understand.

Break and Slow Walk
Practice in order

Take a break for 12 hours (min)
To help your awareness flow, go outside for a slow walk.

II. Do Set
Practice in order

All Do Set activities are completed on your personal course blog.
To find your course blog click on the Learner Blogs link on the menu bar at the top of this page.