Sorry in advance for the interestingly innovative title Kim. I’m a Jon Snow.
In all honesty however I can say I’m about as completely stumped as a tree stump… As I have said in my previous blog post, the only format I have really actually learned was the 5 paragraph essay format. So when we were discussing in class about the type of paper we were going to write, I had no idea…
I had thought about copying the same idea Jedidiah had, writing in as a narrative type form, but then Kim says, “I’d rather you not do what Jedidiah did.” So, there went my only hope of finding out how to go about writing this paper. But its okay.
I feel like once I figure out what format to use, I won’t be clueless about how to start off. I remember people in class saying how a newsletter format or other things would be a good idea, and I just kept thinking to myself, “oh my goodness I don’t belong here I don’t know what any of them are talking about.” I have an idea of what to write so I was thinking that I’d write here and brainstorm a few things to settle myself down a bit.
In reading these articles I noticed that I have a lot… no TONS to learn. If any of these specific things had ever even crossed my mind, I would have been better mentally prepared. However, everything is new to me. I feel like I’m in a sort of advanced style Elementary school where everyone else around me is just a level higher and I’m simply to far behind.
However, in the readings we have done so far, I feel like writing is just full of rules that really restrict the way we think about writing. I mean yes it’s important to understand that language is grammar but we also have to remember that it isn’t easy for everyone especially ESL students. It’s always hard to explain grammar to anyone, even if it is your native language. For example, a few times in my internship, we had helped students with their papers and its always a re-occurring problem with the students. Whether they’re Japanese, Korean or Chinese, etc. they all seem to have a problem with tense. I mean, even I have some problems with tense at times.
So, seeing how writing for them is an issue helps us understand and help us formulate hypothesis. We then go figure out how we can help them in different ways to allow clarification. The entire experience so far has been relatively interesting and I hope that continuing with this class and finding out what it really means to write helps me to finally learn and also to become the good English teacher I hope to be.