Growing up in Chicago, I attended a neighborhood school from preschool through first grade. Although it was an exceptional school for elementary kids, the education for middle school and high school students was not as adequate. Seeking a better place to raise their children, my parents were faced with a tough choice. When I was in 2nd grade, our family made the decision to move to the suburbs. On July 3rd, we all packed into our Honda minivan and drove 45 minutes to a new home in the town of Winnetka. Within my first year at Crow Island, my new school, I learned so many new things. I started playing the violin and speaking Spanish, neither of which were offered at my old school. I met my best friends that I'm still close with now. Over the
Everyone on the planet has a goal set in life, but only a handful attempt to improve to obtain their goal by studying the subject their goal is in. In my English class, English 101 this quarter I was astonished by how much I had progressed as a writer sharpening my writing skills and also learned a lot about writing that I hadn’t learned before. In my writing portfolio for this quarter I had to write an autobiography essay, a research essay, and this reflection essay to develop my writing skills better. The writing assignments were fun to do because it challenged me to work on essays of different styles that were new to me. The essay assignments helped me grow as a better writer that gave me the self-confidence and skills to take on the world on my own.
It was an eclectic environment, a loud one, one that begged to be noticed. I went to an arts school and learned the importance of knowledge beyond memorization. I spent time downtown and listened to activists - street preachers and gay rights advocates and underpaid teachers all garnered
In the observed lesson, the teacher has strategically placed desks in a way that amplifies the potential discussion between the students in the inner circle. The students are able to easily pay attention to the speaker, which enhances retention and allows students to implement active listening in regard to their peers. This is not only found in
I’ve always been an avid reader. When I was in elementary school, my mother would take my brother and I to the library every week to pick out books. I would take the books to school and read them all in one day. I loved reading so much that my teachers would call home and tell my parents that I was reading my library books during class instead of my textbooks. Reading has always been a major part of my life. I used to aspire to become an author. I even wanted to become an editor at one point. I used to make daily household newspapers and magazines for my entire family to read and enjoy. My strong love for reading certainly came in handy during my freshman year of high school.
The starting of 10th grade year, I could tell that it was already going to be a hard class. The previous classes would tell us about Mrs. Jackson who taught US History, and how tough she was. Many people recommended to take Regular US History, but I’ve been taking Pre AP Classes since Junior High, so I decided to keep going. Looking back at what I was told, I wish that I would have listened to what they were saying. The first two weeks, we had our first test over chapters one and two, and without a doubt I flunked because I failed to study. As the months went by, I flunked several other tests no matter how many times I cheated or made an attempt to study, and I also never did the homework because I had the worst attitude towards her class.
I live in Elkhart, Indiana and I have lived there my whole entire life. All four years of high school I have attended Marian High School which is in Mishawaka Indiana. It takes takes me around 30 minutes to get to school every morning, which seems easy but it can take its toll on you some days. The reason i make this journey every morning is because Marian High School offers one of the best educations in the area. At Marian I am surrounded by other student who want to succeed and go to college as me. Since I was in an area where others were thriving to succeed, I was pushed to do my best and push myself to do better. My peers were not the only thing that was to assist me on my journey throughout high school. Teachers and the administrative
It happened during the summer. Although my memory has failed me multiple times, this is something I will never forget. The image of his intense brown eyes, dark muscular build, and scruffy gray beard has been anchored to my wandering mind ever since. I wish it was just a dream, or a simple nightmare, but it was neither. In fact, it was my reality.
With great apprehension I delayed returning to college for many years based solely due to my writing abilities. No long will I allow the writing phobia to hold me capture and stop me from reaching my goal. During this academic journey, I plan to build upon my writing skills by reading more and using critical thinking. Thus far in writing, I’m quickly learning to organize my thoughts so that they make sense and can be easily understood by any reader.
I remember walking into the 8th grade hating the sound of “this essay will be written on…” and “turn to this page in your books..”. The only words to describe the pathos that those phrases gave to me were ear screeching, disgusting, nails on a chalkboard, the death of me, and lastly boring. The amount of times I cringed at those words could not be counted on two hands. Writing was boring and reading was a lame waste of time. They would not help me later in life, at least that is what I had convinced myself. A shift in my attitude seemed to occur when I stepped into Mr. Kelse Harris’ room at the end of the hallway where the air seemed a little lighter. My literature fire was re-lit and a flame ignited. It
I discovered that I thoroughly enjoyed the American school system and the ability to be allowed to participate in free discussion, I was allowed to give my point of view and debate with others which was so very different to what I had been used to in an English school system, where for the majority of the time the "Master" would lecture you without class participation. I felt as if Los Gatos and California were beginning to feel like home, but the year was up and we headed back to
Writing has always been a stressful experience my whole lifetime. Throughout high school, I had painfully struggled to put my thoughts on paper for English assignments. Writing has never been one of my strengths. I remember being told from the instructor of the class “remember put in your own words”. I had a very difficult time completing this task. The annotations Is what I struggled with the most of every assignment. The poems were the most difficult to interpret. I still struggle with the annotations, but they are not as difficult to annotate as they were when I started the class.
As a writer, his or her name eludes me, once said, "The best preparation for tomorrow of a country starts with doing the best for today's children." Due to this fact, although quite a few things should be changed in my country, and some of them possibly seem extremely vital for my country's people and their today's lives, had I enough power to change or modify something, I would definitely begin modifications from education so as to contribute to the future's permanent and guaranteed fortunate life in my country.
Inventory: I’m an autonomous learner, that’s why I chose to acquire an online course at Penn Foster. Studying this course is perfect for me because it’s at your own stride. I also want to become a more skillful writer. I desire to write things out more clearly and I want to use better wording and use more transition words and I feel like I will be able to understand all the things I need to know and attempt to ameliorate my writing at Penn Foster. I’m very excited to complete this course and be able to show someone else all of the information I learned in this class.