All my teachers love my binders because it is neat, organized, and easy for them to find assignments. Another reason why I am prepared for college is because I have learned many skills from my English teacher Mrs. Maroulis about what to expect in college. Because of her class, I learned how to write good college essays, write resumes, learned what to do and not to do in college, and improved my learning so that I was able to do college level education. The last reason how Aspire helped me prepare for college is allowing me to take college level classes at school. This is a major reason because if I did not take college classes, I do not think I will be able to understand what is expected for college, how I would be able to study for tests, and how to take college seriously.
Throughout the term there has been many writing assignments —big or small— that helped reflect my writing process or the process itself. In the beginning of the course I felt like I was an “ok” writer, but lacked some skills such as: organization, sentence variety, and vocabulary. Also, I did not like to write and had a feeling of dislike when forced to write. I felt like I improved on everything I wanted and was seen throughout the semester. I know how to organize my ideas, the worksheets given in class to work on sentence variety really helped, and vocabulary was built on some level.
I wanted to take the time to thank you for what was the most challenging as well as refreshing English class I have ever taken. I thought the choices of authors were a wonderful representation of a range of modern literature; I have definitely taken down a few of the writer’s names so I can check out more of their works. In a way, this class was what a student dreams that college classes are like: discussion-based, complete with a tiny class size; the professor acting as guide to the daily discussions, allowing the students to lead the flow, something you did masterfully. You pushed me like no professor has before, and for that you have my sincerest thanks. Taking a Sousanis approach to the Langston Hughes analysis was a really fun way of
Using imagery to bring a new life to my writing. I began to actually understand what metaphors were and incorporated them in my essays. By listening to Mrs. Jackson during class I began to learn more about grammar. The few lessons which we had improved my writing a lot, just going over how a verb should interact with a noun in a sentence helped. Most of all though, the thing that helped me the most was practice.
My primary goals as a teacher of communication are to (a) ignite students’ passion for and interest in the study and practice of communication, (b) provide students with both theoretical and practical knowledge, (c) help students connect their learning in the classroom to the real world, and (d) push students to think critically and creatively about communication. In all of my teaching experience, undergraduate and graduate alike, I have tried to keep one thing in mind: a good teacher is a good storyteller. As a former journalist, I firmly believe in the power of stories to engage, inspire, and motivate my audiences to act. My storytelling in the classroom has involved three elements: make it relevant and interactive, bring in real-world
My freshman year I had no clue what to expect, but I was pleasantly surprised to have a swell time with all my fellow classmates. Not only did I like my classmates, my 9th grade Honors English teacher Mrs. Lightner made my freshman year a blast. She had a teaching style that seemed to click for me and I couldn’t have asked for anything else more, because for me a teacher who has a teaching style that makes sense that’s a blessing. As for my following year in 10th grade Honors English, my teacher Ms. Howey was introducing me to a whole new style of literature. The new style was, understanding the finer details that I would usually gloss over when I read.
I tried to take thorough notes and ask questions when I struggled. I have learned to analyze everything I read in a beneficial way that helps me grasp the story and see it’s full meaning. I mentally ask myself questions while reading and try to find every perspective. Furthermore, I learned multiple crucial life lessons that will benefit me as I mature. For example, “Less is more”(Jane Sullivan).
During this semester, the peer review sessions have been most helpful, and especially helpful when paired with students who are more knowledgeable than I. Moreover, when going into these peer review sessions, most of the time I had a very rough draft of the assigned essay, but after the session, I knew exactly which steps I needed to take to improve my work. Additionally, when polishing my papers I would turn to the tutor before making the peer review suggested changes, but in retrospect, I now realize that I should make the suggested amendments first and then turn it into a tutor for
I have learned a lot about how to improve my writing and make it more engaging over this past semester. When writing the first paper I learned a lot about how I write and how to improve my writing. At the beginning of this paper I learned how to plan a paper, by writing down ideas and notes down on a separate sheet of paper. This really helps to narrow down the ideas that I was passionate about. While writing this paper I learned how to self-correct mistakes that I would make a lot throughout my paper.
The first thing that came to mind was definitely you’re class, where I grew to be a confident writer. In my class we read about the importance of “shitty first drafts” which I think helped take the pressure off writing an amazing paper from the get go. I learned how to write for the genre and tried to hone in on my audience for the paper. Once I had my first draft finished there was a peer review in class, which is helpful because not only do you get feedback from them, but you also get to read their papers, which can give you ideas on what you could do better. After that, I took their feedback, revised, and then turned it into my professor to get more feedback.