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Nicholas Payne
10/24/2012 class assignment
Wed Oct 24, 2012 11:39am
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When I was 16 years old and in my sophomore year of high school, I had a teacher named Jason Lineburger. I feel like I had a great experience in his English class. He had a unique style of teaching that got you engaged in his lesson. Mr. Lineburger’s class was taught in a style perfected by none other than Socrates in ancient Greece. The style I speak of is, of course, Socratic Seminar. The whole class was set up in a circle when we would have a discussion about a book, story, or movie. We would offer our opinions and thoughts on the issues given to us. I benefited from this style because it was unlike any other English class I had had before. The past years consisted of a style where we would do numerous writing and paperwork assignments. We were never really given a chance to share our opinions verbally, which is why his class seemed strange at first. This experience allowed me to share opinions on not only literature, but social and political issues when they were discussed. The only thing I can say that I did not benefit from was the fact that there were very few tests in that class, so when projects were assigned, it was hard to find the drive to do well on them. They counted for much of the grade. All in all I have to say that I really benefited from the class. It really engaged me in literature like I had never been engaged before. I would defiantly attend a whole class centered on Socratic Seminar discussion.

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