Writing is involved in the mechanics everything people do including school studies, employment applications, and recording thoughts. However, even though writing is so important and commonly used, unlike speaking or picking up the lyrics to one’s favorite song, writing needs to be learned in order to be done properly. While the New Dorp school system is a far to common example of a underfunded school that lacked in the writing department even after its reforms despite making real progress, I was fortunate enough to learn from a high school that provided me with the highest standard of writing teaching. By having weekly assignments, personalized meetings, and difficult readings, my high school graduates leave with the skillset needed to write well in all aspects of their
Bridger Haffey Narrative for US101 Throughout the course of this class I have come to realize that involvement and participation is essential to my success in this course. Not only is participation a large amount of my grade, but it is also a means to understanding the material that we discuss in class. Personally, I learn best when I ask questions and get involved in finding connections between themes and ideas. This is not only true for discussion, but also for classes like calculus where it is very easy to fall behind unless I am fully engaged. I think it is very important to go about discussion with an open mindset, always looking for different arguments, and always thinking about how the topic applies to me at that moment in time.
School has driven me to be more ambitious and more conscious of my actions and experiences. So far high school has taught me the basic knowledge that I will need in life like how to solve problems which do not have straightforward or easy answers, and how to work effectively either with others or alone. In most of my classes critical thinking and analysing is the way to solve problems. I have learned to appreciate the importance of communication through effective speech and debate. High school has taught me many skills that will be helpful later in my career of work ethics, social behavior between peers and leadership.
As I have learned how to conduct writing conferences, I know that the words that I choose to use will greatly impact my student’s learning. Questions such as, “What are you doing as a writer today?” will challenge my students to see themselves as writers and be able to think through their process of writing. (25) In addition, while teaching number talks, I have asked the question, “How did you figure that out?” (31). This shows the student that I care about what they have to say and how they solved a problem. I have learned in all the readings this semester and in every class how important it is to be student-centered.
I have taken some classes on writing and have improved my writing drastically over the years. As with everything, there is plenty to improve on. My high school was a college preparatory school, so we did countless papers. One of my strengths is to be able to come up with a paper fairly quickly, but I do need to improve in some areas. Things I should improve on are word choice and sentence fluency.
I knew coming into this class that I was going to struggle with my punctuations, word choice, and the overall flow of the paper. In my portfolio you will see an array of my work and hopefully the progress I have made throughout each piece of writing. The first essay you will see is my first piece of writing I created for this class. As you will notice it was very brutal. I had a lot of dead words, grammar mistakes and punctuation mistakes.
One of the important resources I have discovered throughout the semester is a writing specialist. Because of the student support service program (SSSP) I am in, they provide a writing specialist I can use. Angie has helped me a lot revising my papers and helping me think of ideas. Whenever I don 't have time to go see Angie for assistant, I have my roommate revise my paper just to have someone look
I might have lost the school spelling bee but I’m still keen in spelling and learning new words everyday. But that specific day had left me traumatized. From that day forward I felt uncomfortable sharing my literature, expressing myself, participating in academic events or something as simple as talking. This predicament fortunately faded away gradually throughout my years of development especially in high school. Anytime I am placed in the same position I was on that day I get feelings of nostalgia of this episode that occurred in my life.
Each essay I wrote took me several time to write, several drafts which show that I have improve every time I do the drafts to write a perfect masterpiece. I learned a lot of skills and techniques this quarter, which has helped me to improve and progress my writing skills for the future. I will remember the skills, techniques, and tips that professor gave us in this English class for my higher education. For example, all the time that I went to visit professor Sapozhnikov office hours to receive help on my out-of -class essays has helped me to improve, grow, and progress in my writing skills as a writer. Some of the significant changes I have made as I was progressing and growing were to develop a strong thesis to help support my claims as I write my essays, such as facts, observations, illustration, and examples.
When I first started Dual English Comp I was narrow-minded and stubborn. This course opened up my mind to English but also taught me how to write a successful college essay. Before this course I had no idea which kind of punctuation to use or when to put a comma before but or and. When I look back on my first paper I wrote for English Comp I can definitely see a difference between my first piece of work and one of my last essays I wrote and how much I have improved. My initial goal when I first came into this class was to get an A no matter what.