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Colleen Aspenleiter
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Fri Feb 1, 2013 10:23am
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My freshmen English class had to have been one of the worst. I dreaded having to attend because the teacher had little to no care for her work and mostly gave my class the answers to everything, and there is nothing I hate more than cheating and slackers. I like to challenge myself as a person so when my teacher just gave me the answers I felt undermined. It took two lame teachers and a handful of papers before I came across something better.
My junior year was one of my favorites for English, the teacher loved what he did and that is what caught my attention. He really was teaching us the fundamentals of writing and actually doing his job and going out of his way to make sure we understood. I felt as if that year I actually learned to sift through my thoughts and figure out my view on any given topic and then express it in my writing, letting my thoughts come together from beginning to end. Of course at first I wasnít very good at it but I hope to continually get better.
My senior year I took a course harder than the previous year because I was looking to deepen my understanding of writing. My teacher was out of his mind but he had some of the best writing techniques Iíve heard yet. Being in that class I grew as a writer and learned to look at the pieces of writing, or what people are trying to express through a new point of view. I feel as this teacher had really opened my eyes to a new experience in an English class.
However this past semester made me feel like I was back to square one. He was completely disorganized during class and we never actually learned anything. The class time consisted of literally sitting on your laptop while he talked about our agenda for the day that we never, not once, fulfilled. This professor never gave our papers back and I only knew one single grade from the entire semester that had at least 6 different writing pieces. Eventually I did find out one grade, it was from a ripped off corner of a blank piece of paper. This was not helpful in any way, shape, or form because it didnít have comments of what I did wrong and I barely even remember what I wrote the paper on because he took the entire semester to grade it.
I feel to make myself a better writer I need to learn and develop how to keep my writing to the point. I find Iíll get overwhelmed with research papers because I feel I have to know everything about the topic going in and make the point of the paper just spitting back as much knowledge as I can. I need improvement on finding a thesis and sticking with it throughout my paper. That has always been one of my toughest challenges.

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