Of course all of my stories were morbid with sinister events, but well written. (Maybe because I would spend all the time I could with her, so I would revise and revise until it was perfect- well at least for an 8th grader.) Writing My Past as a Writer was a great way to remind me why writing was alright. This paper was a little easier to write because it was my story. I had to revise it a bit and add some more background to what I was writing in the class, such as my Johnathn story (there are more of them too).
As a writer, I think that I am not as good as I thought I was back in high school. I see myself as a student who tries their best, but makes “B” average work. I have never really taken the time to relate to my papers. I always just wrote what the teacher wanted and handed it in. In my mind, I never really liked trying to explain in full detail what something meant.
I needed an outlet from the pointless assignments which inevitably turned into me writing my own short stories and blogs. Although I did not learn much about writing from this unproductive class, I learned a lot about myself. I found my passion. By the end of the year, I was ready to go into regular English, but in the back of my mind I knew I had to at least see what the next year was like. I felt as though I went through hell and back with the previous class, how much worse could the next be?
Going into Rpw 210 I had pretty low exceptions. Based off my previous Rpw experience I was expecting a boring teacher,topics and assignments which wouldn't teach me anything. But this class surprised me. Not just the teacher but the readings and bringing in or applying to every day made this class enjoyable. Last year my rhetoric and professional writing class was dreaded.
As the day progressed, I became accustomed to these painfully boring activities which happened in every single class, and worst of all I still couldn’t remember anyone's name. Fortunately enough, before I would cracked after having to do name games the school day was over. I was over the top excited that the weekend had arrived, but then it hit me: If I don’t make an attempt to talk to people this day will repeat like a broken tape
Due to both of these things, I found it hard to really narrow the focus of the assignment and so I struggled with the first draft of paper. However, after a conference to discuss my revisions, I narrowed the focus to student engagement and interest and the ways that Ms. Rainwater achieved those two things in her classroom. I found that Ms. Rainwater answered in her email different ways that she kept students’ engaged in her classroom, and I found that the ways that I mentioned in my paper, namely creating the expectation for writing in the classroom, giving practical outlets and audiences for their writing, and allowing for student choice in assignments, really helped her students to push through writing assignments and provide thoughtful pieces. This revision process helped me to really hone in on a focus as well as reflect on practicum experience with Ms. Rainwater. I think, no matter what age or level of schooling,
I always try to practice my self-control and creativity in using quirky and stylistic writing in accordance with my writing because I realize that is my weakness as well as many other students. Besides, this is a course in which I find the spirit of helping each other in the study of students is very high. I think I have improved in teamwork skills including acquiring people's opinions, evaluating team members' posts and arranging team work for high efficiency. Besides, I also developed the ability to evaluate myself to be more complete. Attitude in learning is also important when making a self-assessment in this course.
Some may argue that liking writing is not something that can be taught, but I think students can learn to enjoy writing if they are given the right assignments. I plan on teaching and using all three rhetorics in my classroom because I think they’re all necessary for success as a well-rounded writer. Using the current traditional rhetoric model can be tedious and restricting, but it’s a necessary skill to have for the future, particularly when it comes to writing essays. Once students have mastered form, they will discover that they actually do have a lot of freedom in expressing their views within it. The epistemic model can be difficult because one always has to keep audience in mind, but it is also very useful, and shows students that their writing can make a difference.
I wasn't the best student in school. I bounced between three high schools and time out of school. I do believe that I might have affected my learning as I was never in class. I knew I wasn't good at writing, I struggled in writing, so I never gave it all my attention. I did “skip” a lot of school... ... middle of paper ... ...ng I am sure about is that if its wanted then its accomplished.
My instructor helped me to improve my papers because she was always there when I needed her and she would always answer my questions with an explanation. I liked how my teacher would explain why we should put something in our paper or why we should not put it in our paper. The critique that I received the most from my instructor was that I had a large quantity of repetitiveness and that sometimes some things did not correlate to my main point and they did not need to be in the paper. I would be told that I have many of the same phrases or words used throughout my paper and that I could use different phrases or words for. Also, for the sentences that were extremely repetitive she told me I could eliminate them because I already accomplished my point the first time.