Sunday, May 08, 2005

The semester is over

Well, my last pretext for not blogging has come and gone. The semester has ended. Gradutaion was this past Friday. My grades are in. There is a month before the summer program starts. So I hope to be spending more time on the blog.

One of my former ESL students graduated on Friday. His name is Solomon. He was the first person in his family to graduate from college. He was actually the first to finish high school, too. We are very proud of him. I can't imagine how proud his family must be!

3 comments:

Tyr'__ said...

I would like to think that a student would set forth and try to go above and beyond say five posts outlining what s/he ate for lunch, but this is obviously a concern. It would make sense as that the teacher would have to approve these goals, but they shouldn't [i]have[/i] to. So, yes, the teacher would have to address these goals and assess whether or not they are worth the time of the student/community as a whole.

I think that a respectable goal that most students would like to achieve is to get criticisms or critiques on some of their most well-developed ideas, stories, essays, artworks, etc. I for one would say that my goal as a blogger during this experiment is to get a fraction of my work out there and see what people have to say about it; even if I haven't received comments on the work, I published it and I made it available to the public so I would like to think that I have partially accomplished my goal. Another step I could take would be to find other people within the community and give them criticisms and that would increase my chances of fully accomplishing my goal.

Now, I know that some students may not like that idea, so the potentiality of problems will arise again, but I know that when I blog and when the rest of my class blogs we're expressing ideas with the hope that someone else out there has had a similar concern and can shed some light on the situation at hand by giving their input with whatever additional research had been done. If the goal reflects upon that, I'd like to think that it is a good goal to be had; otherwise, the student needs to assess why he is even taking the time to blog.

Anne Davis said...

Tyr,
You are doing some really good thinking! Keep it up!

Anne Davis said...

Tyr,
You are doing some really good thinking! Keep it up!