Welp I guess I can’t write my paper because I forgot what exactly a paper is oh no… shame

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 still have 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.

  3 comments for “Welp I guess I can’t write my paper because I forgot what exactly a paper is oh no… shame

  1. Jazmin Gomez
    February 26, 2017 at 4:51 pm

    Destiny! I’m glad you stopped to read my blog because of Jon Snow. He’s so..ugh. Hawtie. Ha. Anyways, I can completely, totally, absolutely, 100% agree with your whole blog. I was so lost when everyone was talking about different ideas that I had no idea even existed. I’m a sophomore in a junior/senior level class, but I figured that if I want to be better and smarter, then maybe a should advance? Ha. Half the time I’m like…wait what? But hopefully we’ll find something great to do with this assignment.

  2. Zachary Nielsen
    Zachary Nielsen
    February 27, 2017 at 12:27 pm

    The only thing I have learned in school is: Have fun with it or you will regret it. When I approach assignments if I dwell on what a teacher wants compared to what I want to do it makes any assignment I do crud. Not just a little cruddy, like D- kind of cruddy. So, that being said, if you want to do a narrative form I say do it. Just refine it a little more than that Jeremiah guy. I think you could make some total anime slice of life short narrative that could capture your ideas. Or heck make two versions of the project. One in a essay format, and maybe a visual representation of the essays. Just have fun with it and I’m sure it will be fine.

  3. Kassandra Bednarski
    Kassandra Bednarski
    February 27, 2017 at 1:43 pm

    Hi Destiny :)

    Whenever I see your blogs I see a lot of multimedia components and I think you can use that to your advantage when thinking about how to write this paper. You could format it like a poster, maybe? I’m not entirely sure how to go about it, but I see your strengths as being dynamic and creative so perhaps try to incorporate that into this paper?

    As for you sometimes feeling like you’re an outsider or “don’t belong here”… let me just say that that is as far from the truth as anyone could possibly get. But if you really feel that way, then I’m right there with you! You know a lot more than you’re giving yourself credit for and I think your ability to be innovative will serve you well as a future teacher.

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