I’ve learned a lot this quarter in Engl16. Mainly because, as a student, I never worried about Freshmen Year Composition classes and how to teach them. All I ever thought about was how to complete them. The readings we’ve done in class have exposed a lot of the debates currently going on about the FYC, as well as about composing, and teaching composing in general. But throughout all the readings, I think the most important part, at least the part I was most interested in, was the debate on what is a normal ‘process’. Harris talked a lot about this in his book, as did some other authors like Perl and Flower. I won’t go into it too much here just because I wrote extensively on it for the Harris and His Sources assignment, which you can read by going to the link at the top of this page.
I think every reading we did in class was helpful in understanding the overall scope of teaching writing, even if I didn’t understand them at first. They helped me to understand all the different aspects that must be considered when teachers are creating course plans. The readings also showed me that I actually have opinions on what is the best way to teach, something I had never thought of before. I had never really been exposed to multimodal work before, and it’s something I still somewhat struggle with. Yet, I wouldn’t have ever considered it an option without the readings in class and the assignments we did here.
I also got a lot out of the blogging aspect of this class. The blogging that was necessary made sure I was doing the readings, and I’ve been known to fall behind on them before. I liked being able to discuss my own point of view and draw parallels to my life before having a larger discussion in class. It gave me time to just write and reflect, without have my opinion changed or diluted slightly by hearing other points of view.