This week was interesting. I was gone for 2 out of the 5 days, and we worked on our essays everyday. It was a good week for working, and I really liked the time we got in class to work on the essays. I didn't have a lot of my own time this week, and with the due date being given on Monday, I really appreciated the time we had in class.
This week I learned that I can write an essay that I was not prepared, for by myself, in less than a week. Needless to say, I am proud. This week I learned that It is okay to ask my peers and my teachers questions. When I am confused or don't feel confident in what I have written, I found that it is better to ask, then to walk blindly into the essay. I found it really helpful working with Ben, he explained things really well. However, if I was still confused or wanted a better example, I leaned on my classmates for help. This helped big time, we all seemed to be confused in certain areas, and we pushed through together. The first essay of the year is usually really hard for me, I'm not sure why, but I always struggle with it.
Working on a "group essay" scared me at first. However when we got into writing it, and I didn't have to write it directly with another person, it made the task easier. I didn't want to struggle with another person over what to put in the essay, and end up with a horribly written essay. I liked that I could work on it by myself, but I also had the help of the other two girls in my group when I needed it.
Overall this was a really chill week. It help build my confidence in asking questions when I need help, as that is something I have always struggled with. I am excited to jump into next week.
This week I learned that it’s okay to have a different opinion than everyone else and that opinion should be shared. It’s okay to interpret things differently than other people with poems, as they can mean different things to different people. With the poem of the week, I disagreed with what most of the class was saying. They felt that the poem was actually abusive, and not a sweet bedtime story. My first impression of the poem was that it was a father coming home a little bit tipsy and started dancing with his child. They were having so much fun it got out of hand and tore up the house a little bit, and the father wasn’t dancing his usual rhythm. Then the child went off to bed after the “waltz”. This was against what everyone else was saying, and I felt that I shouldn’t bring up my opinion because it was “wrong”. Although when we started talking about it yesterday in class I had the same view of it as another person at my table, and a few others throughout the room. I realized that it’s okay to share my views of things even if everyone else has a different one. It might help others with the same opinion speak up, and it would help with the discussion as well.
This week during creative writing, I liked going back over my own writing. As I was working on it, I saw things easily that I needed to work on and fix. I just really enjoyed the process of fixing something, and then rereading it and having it sound perfect to what I pictured it sounding like.
This next thing that I learned this week is going to relate to my creative writing. I learned from author James Jackson that not everyone will like my writing, and what I have to say. In return I should listen to their opinions and criticism and take it in a positive way. I like how he got a really bad review: “This reads like a bad movie” and that made him happy. He wants his book to be a movie eventually, and even though it was a bad review it still touched on his overall goal. That two star review made him happy because he looked at it in a positive way. I really liked what he had to say, and I like how passionate he is about writing, I also learned from that.
Overall this was a really positive week in learning new things. I took away a lot of really good things from this week and I am excited to use them, not just in the classroom, but also in my personal life.
This week we really focused on revising our own papers, and other writing. It is it was a good experience to see it being done on Ben's poem and have that example as a reference. I didn't do much revising just because I didn't really have a good essay to base it off of, and I didn't have many stories to start revising for the 750 word assignment. I am excited to start revising my own work next week, and seeing what I can turn my writing into.
I learned this week that I need to be better about reading my book. It is honestly so hard to get my reading done, especially this week with homecoming things going on. I am constantly busy in the fall trimester with the swim team and getting back into the school year, so I am finding it extremely hard to get reading done. I am trying the best I can and reading in class, but it doesn't seem to be enough. I need to manage my time better and prioritize the things in my life.
I also learned this week in my personal life that I need to be better about random things that happen. I need to be more laid back and think things through before I bring up controversial topics to the people I love and trust. I also need to be more trusting and let myself fall onto that trust of the people I love. It is hard but it hurts them if you don't show them the trust you have built for them
It was a hard, crazy, fun, and overall amazing week that I wouldnt change for the world, given all that I went through.