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Okay, ready or not, here I go on my, what may be considered an overly naïve, reflection of my experience in this course, Feminist and Critical Pedagogies in English Studies. Through my reading and writing in this course I have come to many realizations about myself as a possible teacher and what I want to see start happening in writing classrooms. First and most importantly, I want to see teachers more connected and active in the process of their students writing and learning, as I have outlined in my research paper for this course. I believe if students and teachers connect more whether it is through a ìnurturing attitudeî on the part of the teacher or a more ìempathicî role of a teacher students will be able to understand ìwhereî teachers are coming from and why certain kinds of writing and expression are necessary and vice versa. I also would like to see the act of writing taken to the next level in colleges and universities. I think that teaching writing should not be relegated as non-intellectual and taught only at the freshman level. Programs such as Writing Across the Curriculum, which many colleges use, should be mandated at all public universities with the hope the private ones will catch on. This type of program magnifies the importance of writing for all students no matter what field he or she is entering into. While these goals seem a bit grand for me to accomplish in this lifetime, they are the issues which I am found myself thinking about again and again throughout this semester. I feel very strongly that there is a tremendous value is the ability to write well and communicate ideas in an organized, correct, and functional essay or any other form of writing. Hopefully in achieving some of these goals this end will be accomplished.
Through the class readings on nurturance and my own separate research on the subject I have come to believe strongly that a nurturing attitude in the composition classroom is a must for student learning. I know that many teacher and theorists, alike, believe that being more connected to students and sharing with them a more understanding attitude along with personal experiences, would negate any authority that this teacher would have in the classroom.
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