Class Reflection

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This year, English class has been very fun for me. It was interesting because I have never done blog posts or anything like that. It’s different to try something new, to see English and the language from a different perspective, to see how authors get their work out today. The class showed me that the traditional learning environment is not always the best way to learn certain things, and that we need to get in the habit of learning outside of school as well. These were the main points that I have taken from the class and I am grateful I had the chance to be Mr. Ziebarth’s student this year. Go summer!

THE LAST DIY POST

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Because my English teacher demanded that one of my final posts of the school year be one on my progress with the DIY project, this post will be the last one for sure, even though I have made two previous posts that said that it would be the last. Again, our group has not made any progress. We haven’t even met one day to discuss how to end our project. We didn’t even present our project at the project fair at our school. I think this project is dead, because no one is making an effort to continue or even end this project. All we have right now is the trailer video, giving a small peek at our project as a whole. However, we did not even come close to finishing the project, and this post will make that clear. The progress is nothing.

DIY Progress #7

 

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This post is actually the real last one, even though I said that the previous post was going to be.

Even though we had originally decided to present at the Innovation Fair for our English class that happened last tuesday, we did not end up presenting because our project was not finished on time, and it was not as good as the others. Because of these reasons, we decided not to present that day. However, I did show up at the fair and ended up seeing a lot of cool and innovative projects that deserved more attention than it actually received. These projects were created by sophomores and juniors in high school! Projects ranging from utilizing human energy to community service projects decorated the stage that night, and it was very interesting to listen to.

This post is extremely short because the only event that occurred was the innovation fair. We did not work on our project at all and this is the progress so far!

SBA Testing

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Over the last week, we took a test called the smarter balance assessment. It was by far the stupidest thing I’ve ever taken. I don’t even care about how the test benefits the educational system, it was just stupid. I just want to get into a college in the first place! Why does the government keep making new testing systems and curriculum to follow, as if every one was a failure? Why not just pick one that works and stick to it. Each state is different in population and demographics, so nationalizing an educational standard is almost impossible. For example, Georgians might have lower academic capability than those in California.  The education that a state decides to follow must be suitable to the population that lives in that particular state.

This test followed a new standard, and confused to a point unimaginable. I couldn’t even do the math because the national standards were so high. Why can’t we just be tested on what we learned in school, instead of having the school teach us what we have to know according to the national standard?

I don’t even know and can’t even explain how stupid this test was. This post is just a rant.

DIY Project Post #6

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Since we’ve finished our interviews, we started to organize all of the footage into our big documentary. The due date was soon, however, and we made the disappointing decision not to finish this project.

BUT, that does not mean that we will not make something of the footage that we have captured. On a date that will be later determined, we will present a sample of our project. So far, we have decided to create a mini trailer for our documentary and then just show this trailer instead of having the entire documentary as the project. Since the due date is soon, and our project will just be that trailer, I don’t think we will continue this project after, sadly. We put a lot of work into the documentary, but knowing that this project is only for English class and has nothing to do with our personal lives, we have decided to only include the trailer.

So far, this is probably going to be the last project post because we will not continue this project any further!

The ESLRs and the Classroom

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In class today, my English teacher asked us to do a Zero Draft, or an eight-minute session when we would just write on a certain topic nonstop. The designated subject was about how his English class has helped us to reach the ESLR’s, or the Expected Schoolwide Learning Results.

Ever since day 1 of the class, I have seen academic techniques employed to fulfill the requirements of these ESLR’s. The elements of these learning results include effective communication, critical thinking, self-directed learning, and societal responsibility.

Every day in this class, we have at least one discussion on recent texts or on other matters. We converse and debate with our neighbors, not only developing strong communication skills but also establishing unbreakable friendships that can last a long time.

The texts that we discuss during our seminars or discussions can be interpreted in many ways, and our teacher explores the many ways in which people think by asking us broad and open-ended questions. This reflection on what we have learned is a great way to hone our critical thinking skills.

The work done in class does not stop when the bell rings to signal the end of the period. Homework, similar to the type of work we do in class, consists of assignments in which we share out thoughts on a certain topic and publish those opinions on an Internet blog or something or the like. This is obviously a great way to develop communication skills as well as skills in the booming technology era.

Since the class year goes by so slowly, we tend to not realize our own development in these ESLR’s elements. It is such a drastic change, but we are blind to the snail-like pace of the year. Because of this, we might assume that the class has not helped us in any way to improve our ESLR’s, but in fact it has.  Because we cannot really feel or even see the changes in ourselves, we cannot assume that the class has not helped us achieve what was expected of us.

Overall, we tend to undervalue our classes, and in my opinion, I believe that this english class has helped me at least in some type of way that fulfilled the ESLR’s.

The End to Morphemes

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Ever since  the beginning of this school year, we’ve been doing a type of activity called “Morphemes” every monday. When we came to class, we would pull out a sheet of paper, and copy down the definitions of each morpheme already on the projector screen.

The process was long and boring, or at least I thought it was. 21 weeks full of definitions of useless morphemes for what? Apparently, these have not prepared me at all for the AP test. Don’t get me wrong, these are handy at times for deciphering some new words, but what was the purpose of learning them in this class? The class is AP LANGUAGE AND COMPOSITION, not AP MORPHEMES.

I was only fine with doing the morphemes simply because it passed class time, invaluable class time when we did not prepare for the AP test anyways.  Morphemes have a futile purpose, if its purpose was to prepare us for the AP exam.

So far into the class, I have not learned one thing about the AP test. I have no clue what is on it, nor how to prepare for it. I have been so busy with these morphemes that have given me so much knowledge. Sure, morphemes can be fun at times, but I cannot stand the fact that the purpose of having them in class is unrelated to the preparation for the AP test, the sole reason for the class alone. If we cannot prepare for the test, then why have the class at all?

Morphemes simply render the class useless. Nothing more.