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Lindsey H. Smith
English Classes-Past and Present
Fri Feb 1, 2013 12:14pm
150.216.108.199

In my previous English classes, each instructor had a different approach to teaching us how to write. Elementary school English teachers focused on teaching the rules of writing a paper such as ďa paragraph should be three to five sentencesĒ, ďa paper consists of five paragraphsĒ, etc. Then in middle school we began learning about research writing. We never went very in depth on the details of citations or how to appeal to different audiences. However, in high school I had the same three teachers all four years. My freshmen English teacher enjoyed concentrating on sentence structure and how to write pretty papers. The following, my junior and AP Language teacher, had her opinions about everything. She didn't go over how she preferred our papers to be written, but graded harshly for when they weren't up to par. My final, and favorite English teacher, had a very similar personality to mine. She was my sophomore, senior and AP Literature teacher. We didn't write all that many papers in AP Literature, but I felt like a more accomplished writer by taking the course.
In most of my previous English classes, once papers were given back after grading my teacher would go over what she felt the class made the most mistakes on. I found this to be only beneficial to those who had major errors in their work. My papers would have small ambiguous notes in the margins that didnít tell me how to improve. Generalizations donít always aid those who did fair but are looking for excellence. Examples of how to remedy the mistakes made are extremely helpful. Going from years of structured writing with rules to having practically no guidelines other than a prompt has been difficult. Samples of what is considered excellent and what made them so wonderful truly influences my subsequent papers.
If in this class I see that my work is being considered lacking my best option is to schedule an appointment you, Mr. Bates, to discuss how to improve and where Iím making the most mistakes. Simply pointing out mistakes makes an observant instructor, but rectifying them in a professional and memorable way makes an exemplary professor.

  • 2/1 Discussion - Andy Bates, Thu Jan 31 7:14pm
    Describe your experiences in previous English classes. What have you found beneficial? What have you found to not be beneficial? Based on your experiences, what do you feel are things I could do to... more
    • 2/1 Online Discussion - Grace Turner, Fri Feb 1 4:42pm
      My experiences in past English classes have been, for the most part, extremely positive. Since I was in early elementary school English has always been my strongest and favorite subject. I've always... more
    • 2/1 Discussion - Kayleigh, Fri Feb 1 4:42pm
      I have always had a really great experience with my English teachers in my past classes. They have always been very helpful from giving me advice and personally looking over my papers before I turn... more
    • 2/1 Discussion - Joel Bendel, Fri Feb 1 4:11pm
      I have had descent experiences in previous English classes. It has been a long road of these types of classes leading up to this point. English and writing classes were never hard for me. I always... more
    • 2/1 Discussion - Chandler Brown , Fri Feb 1 3:55pm
      In previous English classes I have found that the way an instructor runs the course as a great affect on how I learn. For example, in high school I had English teachers who made assignments very... more
    • Response 2/1/13 - Haley Holland, Fri Feb 1 3:06pm
      In previous English classes throughout high school, I actually did really well. At that time English was easy to understand because when we wrote papers everything was a set formula. For example:... more
    • 2/1 Discussion - Jessica Ellington, Fri Feb 1 2:56pm
      My experiences in previous English classes have not been that great. In high school, I did not have the best teachers, especially my junior and senior year. My English teachers did not seem to care... more
    • discussion 1 - Erin Kelly, Fri Feb 1 2:34pm
      In my previous English classes when it came to writing papers all we were given was a topic and a due date. My teachers never really spent much time with us on how we should write our paper and what... more
    • Previous English classes - Ally Pinto, Fri Feb 1 1:39pm
      Throughout high school whether or not something was beneficial depended on the teacher and the type of student you were. Sophomore year's main focus was preparing us for the writing test. Doing... more
    • Re: 2/1 Discussion - Laura Whisler, Fri Feb 1 1:37pm
      My previous English classes have been quite boring. The only one that was the best was during senior year, where we read Lord of the Flies. It is one of my favorite books of all time. Most of my... more
    • English class experiences... - Ezekiel Reep, Fri Feb 1 1:27pm
      To be honest, I enjoy English. Reading can be enlightening, yet monotonous at times. And writing can sometimes be a hassle, especially if it entails a long paper and I've procrastinated for too long. ... more
    • English Classes-Past and Present - Lindsey H. Smith, Fri Feb 1 12:14pm
    • 2/1 Discussion - Krupa Shah, Fri Feb 1 12:05pm
      Thinking back to junior and senior year (as this is my first college English class), I found that I had pretty amazing English classes as the teachers did a lot to help us understand the text and... more
    • 2/1 Online Discussion - Samantha Adams, Fri Feb 1 11:32am
      In my high school, English classes werenít taken seriously. Despite always taking the honors level English class, I was not pushed to really try to improve my writing style or skills. I remember... more
    • Discussion 1 - Tina Brown, Fri Feb 1 11:23am
      I have had both good and bad English experiences, some of which taught me things where others did not. One thing that I did not benefit from in a few of my previous English classes was the fact that... more
    • Discussion 1 - Anna Maria Collins, Fri Feb 1 11:16am
      My experiences in previous writing classes include several different high school classes and one college English class. I was homeschooled throughout grade school and high school, and took English,... more
    • 2/1 Discussion - Kari Wischnowsky, Fri Feb 1 11:16am
      Previous English classes have been a struggle for me. Itís not so much that I am a terrible writer; itís just that I do not particularly enjoy writing and it does not come easy for me. My main issue... more
    • 2/1 Discussion - Tayler Creech, Fri Feb 1 11:02am
      English has never been my favorite subject, but I always did well in the class. I enjoy the reading part, but not so much the writing part. In high school the teachers were not particularly strict... more
    • DB: 2/1 - Shawnice Rodriguez, Fri Feb 1 9:56am
      Past English classes have been difficult for me because of my language barrier. English is not my first language and because of that I was falling behind in all aspects not only English. It wasnít... more
    • 2/1 Discussion Reply - Brett Murch, Fri Feb 1 9:40am
      I have found that in previous English classes, I dread every minute I am in there. I donít really like writing that much but I hate reading the most. My teachers have usually just given the class... more
    • Previous English Class Experience - John Cameron Vaughn, Fri Feb 1 9:09am
      During high school I actually ended up having the same English teacher for two years. I had him my sophomore and my junior year for AP English. There were things that I really enjoyed about his class ... more
    • 2/1 Discussion - Alyssa Hudson, Fri Feb 1 9:08am
      Within all four years of high school, I had bad English class experiences. We hardly ever went into detail about the stories we read, and we rarely ever wrote papers to prepare us for college. The... more
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