This week we worked a lot with poetry and how to write the poem of the week essay. This weeks poem of the week was a lot easier to analyze than last weeks was. Having a longer piece and something with more meaning behind it was really helpful in trying to figure out how to write the 40 minute essay about the poem. It gave us more to work with. Going along with this, figuring out the poem was easier. I felt like we had better discussions with this poem which helped the thought process of figuring it out. We also knew the context of the author writing this poem which helped with metaphors. There were more poetic elements to talk about, which helps in writing a good piece that explains the poem well. I just feel like I wrote a way better essay for this weeks poem of the week than I did with The Eagle.
The art as a window into literature document that we did this week was also helpful in learning how to analyze and look past what is right in front of you. Finding the story inside of a painting was a good exercise that we did. I liked looking at the paintings and trying to see what the artist may have been seeing or what they had been thinking of. I also liked the Ted Talk that we watched and how she explained her process of putting stories to painting and looking at them more in depth. This Ted Talk that I linked, I thought was very interesting. I like how she talks about how reading opens minds and does more for you than just something to pass the time. It helps people share ideas and experiences and learn from others. I think that this is a good Ted Talk for what we did in class this week. It goes along with opening our mind to the art within literature and looking at things with an open mind.
This week I learned about myself and the abilities that I need to work on in the classroom. During the How to Read Literature poster project, I realized that I don’t analyze things the way I should. I take things very literally, and don’t look into depth with things all the time. I have known this is an issue for a while, but I realized that it will quickly become an even bigger issue if I don’t start to work on it. I need to work on thinking about things in a more abstract way, and learn how to analyze things on a deeper level, not look at just the big picture or what is right in front of me.
Visual metaphors where a big help in showing me both the big picture and work on analyzing things in detail. The visual project that we did in class was the assignment that showed me that I need to practice my analyzation skills. I spent too much time looking at the big picture of it, but once I got some help I started seeing things on a deeper level.
I also learned how to put out grease fires, both literally and metaphorically. With the recent events in our student teachers kitchen, it brought up the question of how to actually put out a grease fire. I think that that is some really valuable information to know throughout life. The metaphorical way of looking at a grease fire is learning how to manage your priorities so they don't get out of control and end up burning you. You need to keep things under control , getting things done and not letting things over whelm you and drag you down.
I also learned that all of us are smarter than one of us. I usually don't like working in groups because I don't always trust the people in my group to do their part. I also like to just get things done by myself. Although with this class I am learning that all of us working together is way better and I am truly enjoying it. I love hearing everyone's ideas and I like talking about all of our opinions. It is helping me learn better, and get a better understanding on things. It is also really good to hear everyone's ideas, explain your own and then work to expand upon them together.
This week was mostly a lot of learning about my own schedule and how to manage my time, along with the things we did in class this week. For me it was a rough transition week with finally getting homework in classes and having swim meets. I learned that I have to have better time management this year than I have had in the past. Senior year brings many new deadlines that are very important, although I do see that they are mixed in with fun things too.
As for the things we learned in class, it mostly had to do with writing and poetry. I learned that even though a poem may be very short, it has a whole lot of meaning behind it. I learned that even when you think you have dug deep into processing the poem there is always more to think through and try to understand. I also realized that I still enjoy writing about anything I choose to. I have not been able to creatively write in class in years, and I don't do it on my own time, so I truly enjoyed the time we got in class and am excited to continue it throughout the year. I also really like that the creative writing it is such a safe place. I can write whatever I want and I don't have to share it with anyone, I can share as little as one word which I really like. I started to realize that this class as a whole is a safe place. I don't feel totally open, but I realize that it is okay to be yourself and do what you need to do in this class, and I really appreciate that.
The first week of school can be either the best or worst week of school. It is filled with figuring out what kind of teachers you are going to have, which friends are going to be in you classes, first impressions, what you will be learning throughout the year, and many other very important firsts.
The first week of school got me excited for AP Lit. It gave me a first great impression, and I hope it stays that way for the duration of the school year. The first week of class opened my eyes to how much time I have; it showed me different ways to fit the important things, such as reading into my schedule. I learned that I have time everyday to read, I just need to use it wisely. I realized that reading and writing are at everyone’s own pace, and I saw that I am not as far behind my peers as I feel, I am actually right alongside them in my reading, and writing.
This week also made me think about why and how I got into this class, and at this point of my life in general. It made me think about my actions both academically and outside of school. I grew a greater appreciation for the things I may have been taking advantage of, in just the course of one week. I also realized that even though it is senior year I need to watch my academics closer than I had originally thought. I am going to continue what I have been doing, and pick up the slack where I have let things slide.
This was a good first week of school. It matured me more than any other first week, and I am very grateful for the things I have learned, and will continue to learn.