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Ron Hicks
Re: 4/20 Discussion - "11"
Fri Apr 20, 2012 10:00am

As much as I have disliked previous English classes, I must say that I have somewhat enjoyed English 1200. The difference between the class this semester and other classes I have taken is the atmosphere. In other intensive writing classes, it is all about writing and being a better more perfect writer in that certain teacherís or professorís eyes. With English 1200 this semester, the goal seemed to be to shape our writing skills into a more agreeable form so that our writing could be translated over to other studies. The class was very straight forward as well. Mr. Bates gave us the assignment directly, beat us over the head with the requirements for each paper, and let us basically take the reins from there. Each paper dealt with research, so I became more inept in the ways of looking up information for writing sources and I finally noticed how helpful a print source can be after relying on the internet for so long. As I said before, it was truly the atmosphere that made the difference. The class was engaging and, definitely unlike previous English classes, I never thought to myself how much I dreaded going to each class because I knew it was going to be a low pressure environment where we could discuss a paper or research or one of the very interesting stories we were assigned to read. Honestly, I was told not to take Bates as an English teacher because of his supposed ďbad attitudeĒ but he is just sarcastic and what he thinks is witty during class and thatís what livens up the mood so we do not feel like we are imprisoned in a dull classroom for fifty minutes. My goals at the beginning of the semester were to be become a more confident writer. Not necessarily a better one, but more experienced and trustworthy of myself to get my ideas out onto paper and I can now say, coming to the close of my freshman year, that I have come much closer in achieving those goals. I now know how to use expertís ideas and incorporate them into my own while still sounding bright. I hope this discussion did not seem too much of a kiss-ass piece of work but it has been an interesting semester and I am certainly going to recommend Bates as an English 1200 teacher to anyone who asks.

  • 4/20 Discussion - "11" - Andy Bates, Thu Apr 19 5:08pm
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    • Re: 4/20 Discussion - "11" - Patrick O'Shea, Fri Apr 20 4:30pm
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    • Re: 4/20 Discussion - "11" - Kaylicia Kelly, Fri Apr 20 4:25pm
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    • 4/20 Discussion - Brandon Riley, Fri Apr 20 4:02pm
      This English class is very different from previous English classes and is exactly how I felt a college level English class would be difficulty wise. The work I was used to turning into high school... more
    • 4/20 Discussion - Katie Hildreth, Fri Apr 20 2:53pm
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    • 4-20 Discussion - Erin Bell, Fri Apr 20 2:24pm
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    • Discussion 11 - Amber Sanchez, Fri Apr 20 2:09pm
      This English class has been different from others that I have taken in the past mostly because it was more entertaining, and that made me want to come to class more often. Other than that, I feel... more
    • Re: 4/20 Discussion - "11" - Keona miller, Fri Apr 20 1:54pm
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    • 4/20 Discussion - Timothy Alder, Fri Apr 20 1:42pm
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    • 4/20 Discussion - Tiffany LaBarge, Fri Apr 20 1:11pm
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    • Online Discussion 4/20 - Nicole Brown, Fri Apr 20 12:14pm
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    • 4/20 Discussion - Brennen Lieske, Fri Apr 20 11:09am
      This English class had differed from the others because of the stories we analyzed and the discussions we had. The assigned papers were largely the same as any other class except the tone (of the... more
    • 4/20 Discussion - Taylan Doherty, Fri Apr 20 10:31am
      This English class has been different from others in my past because in the very beginning I was provided with a list of assignments that I would be given. This list never changed and provided more... more
    • 4/20 Discussion - Katelyn Singleton, Fri Apr 20 10:01am
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    • Re: 4/20 Discussion - "11" - Ron Hicks, Fri Apr 20 10:00am
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