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Jan Rieman English 1103 December 2, 2010
Self-Assessment:I feel like this paper really shares how I feel about this class. I also like that
it sounds like me. At one point I doubted myself about whether or not I such include more about what we did in the class, but the I concluded that I shouldn¶t, because the things I wrote about were the features of the class that affected me the most. I still feel a little unsure about the way I didn¶t really introduce my paragraphs, but I kind of liked them that way. Lastly, I really liked the conclusion I came to at the end of this paper.
The Last Reflection: Never Stop Writing
I¶ve just about reached the end of my college English class, and I have to say it¶s been an excellence experience. Each of us, as individual students, came into this class with individual expectations and fears. And while in this class I have confronted challenges and faced new ideas that I have found difficult to comprehend, but learned to appreciate. However, I also was offered better tools that we can utilize in the writings ahead of us in order to create better context. I feel I speak for all of us as students when I state that this class has been freeing experience for our writing concepts. As I said before, each of us first walked into our first college English class with expectation and fears. I know from conversing with my fellow classmates that each of us carried this horrifying idea in our heads of billions of writing assignments, six-inch-thick books to read from cover to cover in the span of a semester, and decrepit spinster English teachers. However, on the first day of class I recall feeling relieved as Dr. Jan began summarizing the projects and requirements for the course. We would be obliged to read one normal-sized book, read academic essays, and of course write papers, but not in the billions. In all honesty, I began to look forward
to this course, because in the past few years of my high school English classes my growth had been stunted and the opportunity to try something new with my writing just wasn¶t avaliable. It was also on that same initial day that Dr. Jan introduced us to a new idea: the Day Book. The Day Book, she explained, would be a place for us to record our thoughts and ideas pertaining to the class, or really anything else too. Dr. Jan told us it was a designated place for us to get our ideas rolling. As the class went on the Day Books also became a place for us to write our opinions on those academic essays that I mentioned before. I really enjoyed the use of the Day Books. It was so useful to have a place to write down the thoughts and frustrations that were swimming around in my head. It wasn¶t long after that we began to read academic readings from our textbook, Writers on Writing. Our first in-depth reading was called Sponsors of Literacy. I recollect coming to my book with an open mind, thinking that nothing else in this class had been awful, so why should I go into this assignment with a negative mind-set. Nevertheless, probably no more than twenty minutes later I was dragging myself through this text. My brain was hurting, my focus had already gone out the window, and I was starting to doubt my success at getting through this. However, despite the trial that it was, I managed to crawl my way through that reading. When I was finished I can¶t exactly say I was proud of what I had done in that moment, but as time went on I began to better understand the content of scholarly essays such as that one, and from those moments I gained a better appreciation of those works of literature. The other experience from this class that I have really appreciated was Peer Workshops. Dr. Jan paired us off into groups of four after we had completed out first draft on the first major paper we were writing. She informed us that these groups would be our Peer Workshops for the rest of the semester. Each time we were in the process of writing a major paper, we would
separate into our writing groups to read, critique, and suggest revision for our writing partner¶s papers. I found this to be extremely beneficial for my writing. Because even when I felt I had written a superb paper, I would come to my Peer Workshop and be given a new outlook on the content of my paper. Because when one of my partners read my paper, they would come to the content with a fresh mind-set of a person who hasn¶t read the paper before. For that reason, they would notice new details that needed revision that I hadn¶t noticed before. I think that this is probably the activity that improved my writing the most. Also, hearing what others had to say about my writingsort-of tuned me into what mistakes I should be looking for in my own writing as I write. Of all the English classes I¶ve taken this has been the one I¶ve grown the most in. In most ways that growth has been a pleasant occurrence, but in a few cases I had ³growing pains´; times when the new ideas, challenges, or tools were hard for me to take in. However, the difficulty has been worth the benefits. I am so grateful for this class. It has given me skills that I will be able to use for the rest of life, because, you never stop writing.