Only 14 More Days

There are only 14 more days until the end of school and believe me when I tell you that it could not come sooner.  If I have anything to say about AP English 3 this year it’s that I’m glad that I have had this experience but I don’t want to say that I liked it or not because this year was too stressful and not good for me that I don’t want to say that this class was bad because it wasn’t but this year makes it feel like all of my classes were.

I wish that I could have gotten more feedback on my essay like notes or comments when he returns them to us and I think it would have been really fun to more having fun with english in class instead of read, analyze, discuss, fall asleep, but that’s okay.  I am really glad that my best friend, Navy Blue Dress, had the same class with me.  I don’t remember a lot of specifics that happened this year but I didn’t like any of the books we read this year and my teacher is even having us read one now!  I just hope that he gives us a simple plain-old test on it instead of doing a project or seminar or discussion but one can only hope.

That’s really it about this year but the most important thing out of all this is that Navy Blue Dress and I only have 14 more days!  It’s like I just want to yell at all of the authorities keeping us there one day longer: Please Let Us Out!  But in a nice way of course.  Hahahaha.

Well, have a good rest of your school year if you’re not out already because then I’m jealous of you, but not when you have to go back to school in the beginning of August.

Be good humans

– Gold Glitter Pumps

Teachers and Passing Notes

No, no, I did not get in trouble in class recently for passing notes or anything like that.  For once, it was the teacher who gave me a note and it wasn’t to be sent up to the office or another form of punishment.  It was an odd but considerate and thoughtful note.  It’s also a bit mysterious because I don’t quite understand my English teacher and I am not quite sure on what he meant.

I put this particular picture up because first of all it is incredibly worth of an “awww” and was too adorable to resist and the note that I received from my teacher had a little sticker on it that had the letter ‘Mm’ and a tiny mouse.  I think I might even put a picture of the note up here for you guys to see.  Yes, I think I will.

It was nice to get this because lately things have been kind of dreary and stressful and I am very glad that for whatever reason that my teacher decided to give me it, he did.  Interesting quirks in a day make you feel like you are not just going through the motions of life and they revive you and wake you back up a little bit too in the sense of changing from robot to human once again.

The note also did have a funky looking crown thing on it with a smiley face and on a side note the picture above has made me want a tiny mouse pet but only the ones online are always this cute.

Here is the note from my teacher.

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– Gold Glitter Pumps

No More Homework

This really is a terrible subject to talk about but let’s do it anyways.

The topic of senior year was what we were talking and reading about recently and the goods and bars of making it optional or getting rid of it.  I think this would not only be interesting to try but to se what happens and if it is worth it or not.  I think people, especially teachers and administrations, should rethink giving kids homework, especially before high school.  For so long it had just been the social norm and acceptable for kids to have several hours of homework a night, even kindergarteners.  I don’t want to nit pick on times because that isn’t the main problem.  I understand that the point of homework for teachers is to help kids further understand and learn.  However if children are trying to get homework merely so that it is done and out of the way then why aren’t teachers realizing that this isn’t a “normal” kid problem and they are just overreacting.  To stop and think, “Hey, there might be a logical reason that these two things may have a connection to each other; homework isn’t helping them and they hate it.”  Even if the child is not crying over homework or drowning in misery, they still do not like it but it has always been viewed as the teacher’s job to give homework and collect it and grade it.

I think this social norm should be changed or at least experienced because there isn’t one study proving that homework gives any of the benefits it claims to for kids below high school.

If you want to hear more about this and laugh a little too, then go look at some of these videos or just search for “Alfie Kohn” on Youtube.  Links:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=npZ4dkt4e4U

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hS3m1ocWhhw

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EQt-ZI58wpw

– Gold Glitter Pumps

That’s Enough

We still aren’t don’t with The Great Gatsby in class and I only found that out after my English teacher thought it would be a good idea to have a discussion and read an article about it.  We already had to do the BRAWL and that was enough, more than enough actually.  I would have preferred to just have taken a test on the book instead of doing this but I am in AP so what he says goes.  I would just like to politely disagree with what he says though.  At least the year is half over and I can read more AP books for the AP exam next year; fun all around me.  I think the more we talk about the book the more I don’t like it.  It’s like setting your alarm to wake you up to your favorite song because you will hate that song really quickly since that’s what drives you to get up from your pleasant dreams and comfy sleep and wake up.  I’m sure there are benefits to discussing and answering questions about The Great Gatsby in class but I think you can only analyze something so much before you don’t see any new connections or points of interests.  It’s the same reason why it’s a good idea to have someone else read your essay or whatever before you turn it in since you have read it so many times that it’s hard for you to see the grammar errors and helpful hints.

It’s important to know when to move on and when it’s worth it to try something new.

–  Gold Glitter Pumps

B.R.A.W.L.

Don’t worry, nobody is getting hurt in this fight because it’s for english!  Of course it is, hahaha.  This, the B.R.A.W.L., is when we all make questions about a book, in this case The Great Gatsby, and then you answer the ones that the teacher chooses and on the set up day each person in your group has to be able to answer any one of the questions.  It’s like a socratic seminar but with a twist because you get a specific question and everyone as to talk.  I did this last year also and it went well but we did multiple B.R.A.W.L.s since the book was The Tale of Two Cities and it’s quite a big book.  The questions do take a long time but it also helps you understand the book more and we get to do this instead of taking a final so I can’t complain!

Mention this to your teacher if you are sick of doing socratic seminars and want to try it.  It can only help anyways.  If you have a better suggestion please tell me.

Good luck on finals everybody!

–  Gold Glitter Pumps

Twitter Chats

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Recently in English we have been having discussions about the Scarlet Letter.  Instead of doing a socratic seminar, group discussions, or even small group discussions, we get to do twitter chats with the entire class including our teacher!  Yes, I know what you’re saying, why is so great, well I’ll tell you.  It’s so great because we get to go out of the classroom for a day, talk among friends, and it’s fun because as you’re typing your answer, thirty odd more students are doing the same as well.  It also makes sure that people’s responses are short, only 140 characters, because when you do in class discussions they can get pretty long.  Trust me, I know.  If you are scared of speaking out, or just don’t like it, then this is especially good for you because they can read it if they want to and you’re not as pressured with the whole class’s eyes on you.  You don’t have to sit there waiting for the person to be done talking either because everyone is adding to the same conversation at the same time and this helps ideas to flow more fluently and quickly and more people get to speak this way.  For me, they help me understand what we’re talking about a little bit more as well because if I put my answer up, the my teacher’s question, and see someone else’s and think that it’s just amazing, then I can favorite it, retweet it, or even comment on it to tell them what I think.  It also gives you helpful criticism on how you view and understand the book.

All I’m saying is that this is really neat and effective in many ways and I’m going to actually miss English class after this year because I don’t know if my teacher next year will do this.  I hope you do this at your school, and if not, then I hope you can convince him/her to let you try it.

That’s all for now!  Tell me what you think and what you’re experiences were if you have done this before.

-Gold Glitter Pumps