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Rules of Play


  • Show up. Be on time. Pay attention to deadlines. 
  • Be present. Don't use your laptop or phone in class unless the professor says it's OK. You need to concentrate on your fellow students, not Facebook.
  • Support each other emotionally to stretch and fail.  Success is going from one failure to another with enthusiasm (Churchill?). 
  • Be brave in giving feedback and in receiving feedback.
  • Participate. Come to class with questions. Talk in class. If you can’t talk in class find a way to contribute on blogs or in small groups. 
  • Don’t monopolize conversations, and elicit input from everyone. Give people time to speak, English is not most people's first language.
  • In collaborations try specializing away from your strengths. Try to teach other people how to do stuff rather than do it for them.
  • Don’t try to win arguments. ITP is pluralistic. We can still move forward with many points of view unresolved.
  • The world is very big. Don't be surprised if people don't know what your references even if you think is it the most famous, obvious, important thing.
  • If you use someone else's writing, images, or code, give them credit. It's only fair, it's what you'd want, and failing to give credit is a serious problem. You will get more credit by giving it rather than taking it.
  • Experimentation is naturally messy but the results are more valuable when you clear away the stuff that didn't work. Document stuff, don’t store it.
  • Clean up after yourself. And more. Your mess is invisible to you.
  • Start by assuming good faith, the person who you are mad at probably meant well.


  1. If you feel like strangling someone try singing or even breathing.
  2. Be nice.
  3. It’s okay to not like things but don’t be a jerk about it.
  4. When you hit a wall take a shower/nap/walk/bike ride etc...