Reflection on English 111
Reflection on English 111
Though challenging at times, English 111 is a very necessary class. I learned a lot about my strengths and weaknesses as a writer, as well as developed many new techniques to improve my writing. At times I felt as though my instructor was too tough because were assigned multiple assignments week after week. When it is all said and done, the class is what you make it. As a freshman, I now have a better understanding of what college will be like thanks to this class.
Some assignments were annoying and felt pointless at the times they were assigned. Now looking back I see that they did serve their purpose. At first glance it appeared as though we were just constantly given busy work, and were not really being taught. I realize now that I was stuck on the traditional teaching methods I was raised on. The instructor was by no means easy, he made sure that we were without a doubt prepared for what’s ahead of us in college.
The number one thing I disliked about this was that so much of your success required extension online use. I would be ok with submitting my assignments online, but having to constantly check e-mail for new assignments and new announcements became a pain in the ass. I don’t think it is fair for me to sign up for a class intended for in class instruction and have to still go home and spend half of my week online. I feel like I may as well have taken an online, or hybrid class being as that is what they are offered for. This is not being said out of spite either, it just really created a problem for me. The due dates were constantly posted, in some cases only a day or two before the due date, so if you did not hop online and catch it on time you get a zero. I do not see the fairness in that. To future students: If you don’t want to spend three hours a week in class followed by three hours a week online do not take this course because I assure you it will become a headache at some point in your semester.
What I did like about this class was that the instructor didn’t treat in class time like a pure writing class, but he used videos (some informative, and suck plain pointless), audios, and other methods of teaching as well which helped to keep the class from getting too boring. Nobody wants to write for three hours straight, and I believe he recognized that and taught us writing tools in other ways.
All in all Paul Gasparo is a great instructor who utilizes many unique teaching methods to keep the class interesting. Personally I’d prefer a bit more of the conventional methods over the extensive online style. Taking this class will aid in your preparation for future college classes, as well as your career. You will need a lot of time to devote to work outside of class. If you work fall time, or a lot of part time hours, I wouldn’t recommend taking this class; for you will most likely find yourself overwhelmed by the constant work thrown at you with no breaks in between. I believe if I’am not mistaken we had a new writing assignment every week(sometimes more than and, as well as multiple reading assignments online. On another note, If you do take this class be sure to invest in plenty of printer paper and ink cartridges, because you will be printing a minimum of ten pages a week. To each his own; if you like constant utilization of the internet and find the methods three suits your interests, then don’t let me discourage you. You will love this class. For the rest of us with jobs and busy schedules who prefer to spend more of our three hours spent in class on work instead of scrambling at home, then I urge you to take this to consideration. Things will be thrown online with no warning (often in an unorganized fashion), and will be expected to be turned in on time. So bring your laptop to work, don’t forget your Blackberrys, and good luck in English 111. Like I said , if you can get past my problem with the online methods, Paul is a great teacher and you will definitely learn a lot from him.