1) What was your favorite project? Explain why.
– My favorite project was Project 1. It was my favorite because it was a narrative about my life and education. I was able to write about my own experiences that led me to the world of education. It was nice to look back on my own life and see what has influenced me and I liked the fact that there was no research involved. It was just you writing about yourself.
2) What was your least favorite project? Explain why.
-My least favorite project was the second part of Project 4. I did not mind reading and analyzing Pedagogy of the Oppressed, and teaching it to the class. It was the second portion that was not my favorite. I think if we would have picked a project other than Access Issues it would’ve been better, but we just had a really hard time finding research and information relevant to our topic. The idea of having it as a group project and teaching to our classmates was something I did enjoy though.
3) Do you have any suggestions regarding peer response? Would you change anything about peer response?
-I would make sure the students were doing the peer responses. I liked the whole idea and set up of the peer responses, but it seemed like as the semester went on students started slacking and not responding to the blogs. Next semester I would put more pressure on the students to do the peer responses.
4) Do you feel like you were given too much time to work on projects? Too little time? Explain your answer.
-I feel that we were given an adequate amount of time to work on projects. It was not too little time, if anything it was too much time, but no student is going to complain about having too much time for a project. I do think that there was plenty of time to get all the required work done by the due date. If you needed to shorten the due dates for some reason, you could do so without many issues. I personally had more than enough time to do the project and revise it myself, without worrying about deadlines.
5) What are your thoughts about breaking each project up into multiple drafts or phases? Did it help to have drafts or would you just have preferred to turn in one draft – the final-for-now?
-I prefer breaking each project down into multiple drafts. It may seem like more work at the time, but in the long run it can only make your project better in turn making your grade better. It got a little monotonous at times, just peer revising and editing your projects. It also seemed like more work, just when you thought you were done with your project, you had to edit it and change it, if you choose to do so. I personally think that it made each of my projects that much better by getting advice and revising everything.
6) What are your thoughts about the pacing of the semester? Were there any projects that felt too short? Too long?
– I felt the pacing was appropriate. In the start, we had to write two papers about ourselves and our own lives not requiring any research and being shorter projects so the deadlines were shorter. In the end of the semester, we had two longer group projects that required more work so we had much more time to work on them. Project 4 seemed to drag on a bit, by the time we actually got to the presenting of our topic.
7) Do you think you were given enough time to work on your final portfolio? Explain.
-YES. At first it seemed like a lot of work, and very overwhelming but we were given enough time. We had the week before Thanksgiving, the week of break, and then the week after break. Most of the work is already completed, we just have to revise everything, and write the meta-analysis. I have been putting the portfolio off, slacking pretty bad, and I still feel that I have enough time to complete it.
8) Do you feel like I provided too many comments on drafts or not enough comments? Were my comments helpful? Why or why not?
– I think you provided enough comments on the drafts, and instructor comments. I also feel that they were very helpful. What you would say would made me look at my project from a different angle, sometimes making me revise and edit my projects. The only thing was when given the projects; I didn’t feel as though I had enough guidance. Everything was up in the air or open to do what we as students wanted, and I know that is so our work was our own and we weren’t restricted by too many guidelines, but it would make it difficult to figure out what way I wanted to go with the project.
9) What about the course would you change? Do you have any suggestions for change as I revise the course to teach it again?
-I like the peer response circle we would do on Thursdays, I just think you should somehow make that be work a percentage of the grade, or reinforce the importance of commenting for next semester. I also liked that the last two projects were group projects.
10) Do you feel like this class helped you to be better able to read and compose texts, both in college and in the real world? Explain your answer.
-I believe this class enabled me to better critically analyze texts, both while reading and writing them. Before this class I had never had to critically look at a piece of text like I had to this past semester. I think it really did help me, both as a student who will be writing future papers, and as a teacher who will be grading future papers.
11) Please offer some advice or helpful hints for students taking this course in the future.
-Advice from me in this class would be pretty straightforward. I would just say to do all the projects and in a timely fashion. The earlier you get it done, the more time you have to improve and revise it. I would also recommend staying up to date with your blog posts. Do one for each class period after or during class. Do not slack on them and let them build up or you will have a hell of a time catching up. I would also recommend that you peer response to your classmate’s blog because when it comes time for your workshop, you will want comments and responses.
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Print Name: Nolan Grace Date: 11/26/09
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