Three weeks of workshops have gone by, and with mine coming up i am starting to doubt the efforts of my classmates during the whole process. Sure the first week everybody was eager to critique someone else’s writing. I think after this past week, everybody is just kind of sick of going around in a circle and trying to think of something that someone before you hasn’t said yet. which can be tough sometimes since we are not professional editors. i do think that peer editing is extremely useful! it’s always helpful to get the opinions from a classmate and anyone for that matter. I think that one big group trying to find something to say that good or bad about the paper can be challenging after 7 people have already had their say in the matter.
After all that said, i’m still excited for my workshop and to see if my writing style will go over well. Not like it’s totally unique or anything.

Until next time bloggers.

“reviving writing” response

Facebook, myspace, twitter, xanga, livejournal, etc. I never really thought that any of the activity done on these sites as “writing”. Until just now, I never really thought updating my status on facebook could be considered writing. I do agree with the statement that we now write in our everyday life more than ever. Now that I think about it, I’m actually writing right now. It’s weird to me that something I do on a regular basis (something that seems so simple to me) is considered writing. But then again, no it’s not. I mean here I am sitting in class tryin to catch up on my blog posts because of an illness this prior week, and I have created a stream of 120 words. I think this is great, that people are thinking and creating on a daily basis.

Project One response questions

Do you think completing this project will be useful to you in the future? Why or why not?

I think this project will be very useful to me in the future because it’s good to think about how you got to deciding what career path you want to pursue. It can help you show your passion for what you do.

Are you satisfied with your final-for-now document? Explain.

I am very satisfied with my final-for-now document for project one. I feel like I correctly portrayed the events that led me to choose my major. I feel like the reader can really understand how I got to where I am today.

Did class activities (workshops, discussions, peer response sessions, blogging) help you complete this project or were they distracting? Please explain your answer.

I feel like class activities helped me in the process of completing this project. They helped me understand what I wanted to portray as a writer. I liked peer editing because I got feedback from my peers, which really helped me edit my paper and make it the best paper I possibly could.

writing response

I know this is late, but I was sick last week…so I have to make up for lost time =]

How has your writing been graded in the past and what was your reaction to that system of grading?

My writing in the past has been graded based mostly on grammar. I feel like most of my teachers skimmed my papers for errors. I do not feel like the content of my paper was the most important thing. Like I’ve said before, I think content is more important than grammar.

If you were a teacher, how would you grade student writing?

If I were a teacher, I would grade my students papers based on the fact if they reached the purpose of the assignment. For example, If I were grading a paper like our project one paper, I would want to see that they portrayed in an effective way why they want to be a teacher and the events that led them to that decision. Not that grammar isn’t important, I just don’t think it should hinder the grade.

My thoughts about the “Performance or To What Degree?” article

This article really got me thinking about how things are done in the current times of today when it comes to evaluating and paying current teachers. I actually had a debate in my senior american issues class in high school about this very topic. I mostly tend to agree with this article. The whole fitting your salary to what type of degree you hold is completely ancient. I don’t think necessarily that all teachers with a Master’s degree deserve a higher pay. (Notice I said mostly.) Yes, teacher’s with a Master’s degree obviously are “masters” at their subject matter, but it doesn’t make them better teachers in every case. I think pay should be COMBINED with the old notion. We watched this video about this very topic in my american issues class, they talked about some schools giving teacher’s certain bonuses for certain tasks representing their performance as a teacher. These perks would result from holding things such as study sessions after school hours, having a class do well as a whole on a test, etc. The teacher that was interviewed said (remember this is based off of my memory so this is paraphrasing) “These incentives definitely make me work harder as a teacher, and I feel it rewards not only me, but also my students.” I think that the degree should matter SLIGHTLY in determining the salary of a teacher, but their performance level should matter also. I don’t think the old system should go away entirely but rather be molded with new ideas to create an ideal measuring stick for the salaries of teachers.

The article also states, “Not much incentive exists for schools to have an in-house teacher training/mentoring system.” To be quite honest I really haven’t heard much about this whole mentoring/training system at all. I mean I vaguely remembering something about in urban areas they did that when they were short on teachers…but I don’t know if that’s true and I honestly don’t remember where I heard that. Also I definitely agree with the article on the idea that the standardized testing is not a good way to judge the students of today. I could go on for hours about the reasons why I despise the standardized testing system.

Well, those are my opinions on the article.

Thats all folks, see you next time. =]

Writer’s Inventory

1.  Finish this statement: Good writing is…

Good writing is thought out. Good writing is something that can come in many different forms. As a writer you have to be able to connect with the reader, you also have to relate to the reader. I think it’s hard to describe what good writing really is because good writing is like beauty. It’s in the eye of the beholder.

2. Does the way you speak influence the way you write? Explain your answer.

I think the way you speak really does influence the way you write. More so when it comes to informal writing, things like blogs or e-mails. When it comes to informal writing I believe that it does not influence the way you write, what you’ve been taught about formal writing influences the way you write in that case.

3. Is it more important to you that writing (yours and others) is grammatically and stylistically correct or that it communicate relevant and insightful content?

I would rather read relevant and insightful content, than read something that has perfect grammar and style with not as insightful or relevant content. The content of something I read is way more important to me than grammar.

4. Discuss this statement: There is one true, correct, standard version of written American English.

I do not agree with the above statement at all. I think that, yeah, there is the proper standard version of written American English, BUT, I do not think it is the only true and correct version.

5. Can writing be taught? Explain your answer.

I think writing can be guided, not taught exactly. Writing is something that takes practice to improve.

321 response to syllabus

While reading the syllabus, I found the course description and goals section very important. Only because I was a little confused on what exactly the class was about. I had heard that it had something to do with urban area teaching. I now fully understand the course’s objective and goals for me as a student. Another thing that I found to be important was the section titled “What I value and respect”. I think it’s good to know what you as a teacher expect from us as students. The section explaining the portfolio I found to be extremely useful considering it will make up 80% of our final grade in this class. I liked that I could see the requirements for the portfolio ahead of time and that I know what to expect for this important project.

One thing I do not understand is the attendance policy. I do agree that attendance is key to a success in any class, but seeing as I am not very good at math I don’t understand what 20% of the classes means. So it would be greatly appreciated if you gave us a number like two or three. Another thing I think is a little unclear is the participation part. If our participation part of our grade is considered part of the portfolio grade, is it going to be included in the rubric for the portfolio or added in there some other way?

The question I would like to pose about the blog section. It says you must update your blog at least two times a week. Will you assign us stuff to write about or will we have to come up with topics all on our own? Also, can we write about stuff not for this class on this blog as well for it to count in the two times a week requirement?

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