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Hank Foster
1/30 Discussion
Fri Jan 30, 2015 3:19pm
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In my past English classes, I have had up and down experiences. I went to a high school in Southern California for my freshman year that had a year-round classes schedule. I liked this type of calendar because you got the entire year to work on each subject and you had more time to go through the material. I find that some teachers try to cram too much work and reading into a one semester class and sometimes you do not even finish the curriculum. My freshman year English class was fun and a laid back. After finishing a book or play we would watch the original movie that corresponded to the work. I liked this because it gave an illustration of the writing. My sophomore and junior year went really well when I moved to North Carolina, although the calendar was one semester long classes. We did a lot of vocab and in class writings. There was always a summer reading assignment with a project to go along with it. These projects were usually due on the first day of the semester with no grace period. I can understand how those assignments were beneficial, but of course, I either procrastinated to the last minute or did not do the assignment at all. Senior year was the worst English class experience that I had. This was mostly because of the teacher and the way she thought was best to teach the class. We had many small writing assignments and cumulative vocabulary quizzes. Every week, we would have about twenty vocab words and each Friday, twenty more would be added. We would get up to having to memorize almost 70 words for one quiz with words going all the way back to week one. We also had a personal anthology assignment that went throughout the entire semester. Every couple weeks, we would have to enter some sort of work, being art, poems, essays, articles, or songs. A two page reflection was required for each entry. There was also an introduction and a conclusion that had to be included. That project was probably the biggest graded assignment besides our research paper. I think that this semester will be different than the past because of a few reasons. The first is that the classroom is a very relaxed environment. Sometimes you get English teachers that are stuck up or do not know how to have fun. The second is that this class relates more to the students because of the humor and sarcastic joking. I think this semester will be a good experience because I will be able to learn in a relaxed environment and have a professor that cares about making their students better writers.

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