My class experience on 27 October 2014

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27 October 2014 was a different experience that we went though during class. At the beginning of class we, scholars did not get in a circle like we usually did. Instead, we got to sit the tables. Once class begun, Bill told us to write about any topic and that we had to keep writing. Once Bill told us to start writing, the first thing that popped into my head was how I had an amazing weekend because it was spent with my family and boyfriend. The class kept writing for a good 10 minutes. The main goal of this activity was to get comfortable with your brain and to block other noises out of your head. Blocking Bill’s voice out was pretty much hard because I kept hearing every word he was saying but it did not stop me from writing about my weekend. Once the 10 minutes was up, Bill told a couple of students to read their stories. Some did while others did not because they were too personal. I for one was not called upon and I was pretty happy because I’m not used to presenting in front of an audience.

The next writing assignment was to write about our left foot, candy, and the end of the world. I have a problem with writing about each topic by sections. So, when I started to write, I began to write about my left foot. Once I was done writing about my left foot, I went and wrote about candy. Then, I started to write about the end of the world. When I was done writing about al three topics I started to write about things that did not connect to the topics. When we were told to stop writing I was relieved because I was running out of ideas to write about. Bill called up some scholars and once again he did not call upon me. Hearing other scholars read their writing got me to think, I need to learn how to become creative and not write in categories. Instead, I need to learn how to put the topics together and make the story interesting.

So this activity we did in class was a new experience that I learned. I learned to keep writing without stopping and to become comfortable with my mind. Becoming comfortable with my mind will teach me about language and how it is being used. I hope we do this again in class someday because I really enjoyed it!

Connecting the conversation to the world from my class notes

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Connecting our conversation from Friday to the world outside of the classroom is when we have to take our education serious when we were in high school. Having to take our ACT test serious, in order to get a good score so we can get into a good college. During high school I took my education serious because it was the only way I could graduate and get into colleges that I applied too. Most students do not take their education serious until Junior and Senior year. Those are the two years that really counted on whether you are going to graduate on time or not.

My thoughts and how they are connected to my class notes

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What I think about the conversation from 24 October 2014 is that we do tend to lack on taking our learning seriously. As scholars we need to learn how to engage in our own learning. We need to make more knowledge in order to become more successful. When making up definition for a word, it is becoming more hardier than we are making it. We as scholars are learning how to make knowledge together. We are helping one another to become more successful. We need to learn how to take our education serious.

Writing What Matters: A Student’s Struggle to Bridge the Academic/Personal Divide

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Reading the article I mostly found this statement useful, “Writing and education are useless tools if they fail to speak to a student’s life, experience, and passions; therefore, teachers in all settings should value their students’ voices, encouraging them to write and claim their own stories and expressions.” I found this statement useful because most professor bash on some students writing. Instead of bashing on the writing and trying to catch every grammar error, they should be engaging in the scholars learning. “Students cannot be expected to care about learning and writing if they themselves are unloved and unfulfilled.” “Our society too often values only a small group of voices, marking divisions by age, class, race, gender, and language.” I really enjoyed this piece of writing because I learned so much. I learned that teachers should get engaged with their scholars learning. Do not only grade them from grammar errors but also teach them how they could become better writers. “Teachers of writing in all settings should strive to help their students write what matters to their lives, and encourage them to express their voices and tell their stories.”

Learning to Read

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I enjoyed reading about Malcolm X. How he went to prison, but being in prison has taught him about his studies. If people heard the way he talked, they would think he had a higher education that was higher than the 8th grade. What they won’t believe is that he leaned to speak that way while he was behind bars. While in prison Malcolm began to copy down word for word from a dictionary. After he was down he would read aloud. In the article it stated, “No university would ask any student to devour literature as I did when this new world opened to me, of being able to read and understand.” I found this statement very important, “…that if you started with a black man, a white man could be produced; but starting with a white man, you never could produce a black man – because the white gene is recessive.” “My homemade education gave me, with every additional book that I read, a little bit more sensitivity to the deafness, dumbness, and blindness that was afflicting the black race in America.” “In fact, prison enabled me to study far more intensively than I would have if my life had gone differently and I had attended some college.” Malcolm X learned so much while he was in prison. In fact he learned more words that he never knew existed. Malcolm wanted to make himself more educated, even if he had to do it himself. Never give up on your education even if you think you will never need it. Someday the stuff you learned, it will help you someday down the road.

Excerpt from Bootstraps: From an Academic of Color

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I enjoyed reading Victor Villanueva’s article. What I really enjoyed was the fact that he stated, “Whether you have thought about this or not, you have the ability to change your language and tone for different audiences and purposes – that is, to “code-switch.”.” To mean this means that when you are writing something, be sure to use you language a certain way so your audience will have a better understanding of what you are trying to say. I also enjoyed, “One way or another, to be human is to be aware of the interplay among languages and how they mark identity, status, and potential.” “Making decisions about what language practices to use is not just a matter of learning something new, but of deciding who to be.” The article was mainly about a man struggling through college but was able to keep his GPA up. When he first started school his professor suspected plagiarism. Only to find out that the student was not doing plagiarism. So through hard times in college, it is best to not give up because in the end things will always work out for the better.

Conceptions and Misconceptions about Writing

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  1. The first misconception was about the correct rules of writing. Most of the rules depend on the situation of the writing.
  2. The second misconception was about not having a correct way of transmitting information. When writing down something, putting information together, readers and writers construct the meaning together.
  3. The third misconception was about readers reading the same text but having different point of views about what the text was about.
  4. The fourth misconception was about a reader putting in their own opinion about a text.
  5. The fifth misconception was about citing work that was borrowed from someone else. This would be a good thing to do if you don’t, then it can be called as plagiarism.
  6. The finally misconception was about making meaning to your writing. When writing make sure you use the correct grammar because if it is wrong or right, there will be a different outcome for the situation.

Experience During Class: 24 September 2014

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The experience in class was something new. As we sat in a circle in the classroom we bonded with one another. Most scholars in the classroom didn’t know the name of each scholar. So in the beginning of the class we all went around naming each person. During the experience of naming each scholar I finally learned the name of most scholars. I am glad we did this in class because if we didn’t I would still not know the name of each scholar. The only names I remembered were the scholars in group 3. Well next we took the word “try” and constructed multiple definitions that each scholar had to come up with one because we all have a brain that has a certain meaning to the word “try.”


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