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Grace Turner
2/1 Online Discussion
Fri Feb 1, 2013 4:42pm
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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 loved to read and write so it was a really good fit. In high school it was split about 50/50 with the quality of my English teachers and classes. My freshman year English teacher was awful. She never told us her expectations of our writing and was an incredibly hard grader but gave us no direction on what she wanted. While I managed to pull out decent grades on her assignments I found it excessively frustrating to not know what exactly she wanted from me. My sophomore year English teacher was the best I've ever had. He didn't just have us simply read and discuss material, he challenged us to look at every character and chapter objectively and try and see them in a different light. My teacher really asked us to think and find personal connections from the story to completely change our feelings on a story or author. He wasn't just amazing with reading assignments either, when it came to writing he was strict and precise but in turn our work was very guided. He gave us clear prompts and gave us all the fundamental basics to do well and the rest was up to us. I like having room to make papers my own, but still know what I'm in the end trying to achieve. So, for me, the most beneficial thing an English teacher could do is try and make our readings more relatable, fun and open for class interaction and discussion. As well as give clear-cut expectations for our writing and what we want to accomplish. So far you have greatly excelled in both of these arenas.

For you to be effective with my writing, in my opinion, clear expectations and critiques are my biggest wishes. When I receive back a paper I like being able to see what my strengths and weaknesses were. I like to be able to know what I need to work on for the next paper and what I should keep doing. For example, a huge pet peeve of mine is when a teacher simply puts a grade at the top with no comments, criticism, or direction. I have no idea why I got the grade I received, be it good or bad. I'm always trying to improve my writing skills so I like to be given constructive criticism. Also continuing to make class such an open and relaxed environment that makes me want to come and learn is extremely beneficial. I really love English and want to be able to consistently learn more and better my skills and I feel open and active classes are the best places to do so.

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