Posted by: cmreich | November 27, 2009



1)         What was your favorite project?  Explain why.

My favorite project was definitely project one.  I think that it was a really good opening project for the semester and I enjoyed reflecting on why and what was the moment I knew I wanted to become a teacher, which really proved to me why I chose to further my path to Illinois State.

2)         What was your least favorite project?  Explain why.

My least favorite project was project two.  I had a hard time really sitting down and understanding my student philosophy and my qualities as a student.  I felt like I knew what I wanted to say, but it really wasn’t interesting and I didn’t know how to transform my traits as a student into something creative and deeper than what they really were.  I had my in-class workshop on this project and I felt like the comments I received were good, but my writing just wasn’t very interesting or enlightening for anyone.

3)         Do you have any suggestions regarding peer response?  Would you change anything about peer response?

I really like the in-class workshops, I think for the person being “workshopped” it’s helpful.  I don’t think the class really followed through with commenting on the person’s blog the night prior, which actually was okay because we always read through the text in class anyway and usually everyone said the same comment they already wrote on the blog in the first place.

4)         Do you feel like you were given too much time to work on projects?  Too little time? Explain your answer.

I actually felt like for the first three projects the time amount was perfect, but I think that project four required a little bit more time added.  I think many groups got caught up in the Pedagogy presentation that the main portion of project four became a bit rushed.

5)         What are your thoughts about breaking each project up into multiple drafts or phases?  Did it help to have drafts or would you just have preferred to turn in one draft – the final-for-now?

I liked how we broke the projects into phases, if it was just always the first draft being final for now, I wouldn’t have grown as much in my writing.

6)         What are your thoughts about the pacing of the semester?  Were there any projects that felt too short?  Too long?

Like I said in question number four, I think the time limit for the first three projects were good, but project four needs a longer time.

7)         Do you think you were given enough time to work on your final portfolio? Explain.

Well I am currently doing the portfolio right now and I am feeling sort of rushed because I don’t think that I have worked on it enough at home during Thanksgiving break.  I have done work three times, but I also think it’s really important to spend time with my family and friends, plus I have some work to do for other classes, so with the combination of all those factors it’s made forming my portfolio more stressful than if I were in school the whole last two weeks.

8)      Do you feel like I provided too many comments on drafts or not enough comments?   Were my comments helpful? Why or why not?

At first I didn’t think that I would like receiving comments on drafts electronically, but I was proven wrong and they were very precise and helpful.  I think that you do a very good job of adequately commenting and critiquing our drafts, which also make the portfolio later on helpful, so I would consider this a strong suit of your teaching.


9)      What about the course would you change?  Do you have any suggestions for change as I revise the course to teach it again?

I think that I would increase the time limit for project four, as I stated earlier in the survey.  I would also discuss See You When We Get There more and really make sure the whole class does the reading because I think some people definitely skipped most of it as the weeks of class went on.


10)    Do you feel like this class helped you to be better able to read and compose texts, both in college and in the real world? Explain your answer.

I think that after this class I am definitely able to better compose texts in college and the real world.  We used a wide variety of styles and types of writing, which I will look back on.  I don’t think that the texts we read were particularly challenging but I think that the information we got out of each text was more beneficial than actually having terribly challenging text.


11)   Please offer some advice or helpful hints for students taking this course in the future.

My advice for future students in this course would be to keep up with the blogging throughout the whole semester, which seemed to be a mistake that many people made.  And I also think that it’s helpful to really take the class’ critiques during the in-class workshop seriously because it can be very enlightening.  I think the future students should really look at the comments you write on our drafts and think about them and use them a lot to help with the portfolio and see what direction it takes them.



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Posted by: cmreich | November 27, 2009

Black Friday Rookie

So in t-minus six hours until I will be up leaving for Black Friday shopping…Oh man!  I have never really done the whole Black Friday thing before, in years past I have shopped on it, but never woken up at the crack of dawn for all the early bird sales.  So my mom, sister and aunt are going to try it out and see if it’s actually worth it.  We aren’t going to Best Buy, which is usually known to be the most crazy.  Today my dad saw people standing in line at Best But at one in the afternoon…they are crazy, they are going to miss Thanksgiving dinner…which is so not worth a sale.  I’m not really shopping for anything in particular, I’ll just be looking for some presents I need to buy people and of course a few things for myself.  We made a game plan/shopping strategy after Thanksgiving dinner tonight: leave the house at 3:45 am, get coffee at Dunkin Donuts ( I wish Starbucks was open early) then go to Kohls, Toys R Us, Walmart ( which I’m scared to even go in) and a few others…Needless to say that when we get back home at probably eight or nine in the morning, I’ll be going to sleep! But hopefully it will be well worth it!

Posted by: cmreich | November 26, 2009


Every Thanksgiving, I always take a little time out to really reflect on things that I’m truly grateful for in my life.  I could go on for a very long time, I have really been blessed with many things that some people don’t have or do, but take for granted.  So I always always get grounded on Thanksgiving as I reflect about it all.   I am so glad for my family and good friends, because at the end of the day, all of my clothes, shoes and “stuff” really isn’t what makes me happy, it’s the people I spend my life with.  My parent and brother and two sisters are really comforting constants in my life.  My parents have given me EVERY opportunity to be successful and a good person.  I have a some really wonderful close friends and boyfriend who I could NEVER get through some things without, they know me and I know them, and things between us are always fun, which really keeps me content.  Sometimes its hard not to feel down, but I just try and remind myself that some people have to deal with WAY worse and that keeps me grounded and going well.  I hope that on this day, everyone can be thankful for something in their life.

Posted by: cmreich | November 25, 2009


I’m not the type of person who uses the term “forever.”  I just think that nothing is really ever that permanent.  Maybe when I was younger I used to throw the word around a bit, but its been pretty proven to me that forever, can quickly turn into never.  So to avoid disappointment and let down, I just don’t really use the word forever.   But someone I can use the word with is my oldest and dearest best friend since kindergarten, Jennie.  I LOVE coming home and seeing her (she is a senior right now) and I love that no matter how much time has passed and the one year age difference between us, everything is always right as we left it.  She is my girl! I won’t ever have a better friend than her and I know that our friendship will only keep growing.  She has seen me through all my big events in life so far and will be at them all in the future, like when I graduate from college and she will be a bridesmaid in my wedding, and the best thing about it is, is that I have done the same for her.  So hanging with her all night tonight is just such a breath of  fresh air, my bestest bud Jen–forever.

Posted by: cmreich | November 24, 2009

Home Sweet Home

I feel I’m in The Wizard of Oz because I have been saying, “there’s no place like home, there’s no place like home” its been wonderful.  No matter how much I enjoy the independence of college, I can never replace home and my family.  Going home is so awesome because my whole family loves me SO much more and misses me, so I am even more special…and I’m a ham and I eat that all up.  But the bad part is, I am so happy being home and not in school, my motivation is very LOW to study for finals, the only thing that is making me work on things is fear.  I don’t want to do badly so I basically scare myself into doing work and other studying.  I like that we just have two hectic weeks back after Thanksgiving and then the freedom of winter break and a whole month of home and my family loving me tons!!  I’m looking forward to all the fun ahead of this winter season…

Posted by: cmreich | November 19, 2009

After-Thoughts About Project 4 Presentation

Our group presentation was today and overall I think that we were successful in addressing race in the classroom in many different fashions.  I liked how each of our pages talked about a specific part of the topic race.  Some groups mostly just split up a power point among everyone, but I felt like this was a little more unique.  Stephanie’s survey helped with interaction with the class during the presentation and was a good opener for our topics.  I felt like my portion really broke down the different ways races affects the relationship between the student and teacher.  Then Dani’s page really was a present-day issue that many people in our class can relate to.  And I liked having Luis’ narrative about his personal experiences with race and education.  I think that one thing our group could have worked on a little bit better was being ready to present and maybe we should have practiced a little before we presented.  And of the other groups, I really liked the activity today we did with the lives of influential figures of our country and how they started…

Posted by: cmreich | November 19, 2009

Part-time Job During College??

Before I came to college, my mom told me that I should get a part-time job when I came to ISU.  I was really against that even though I had a part-time job since my sophomore year in high school, I really felt like I was just beginning this whole new life and I didn’t want a job to interfere with my initial adjustment here.  Now that I have been here for pretty much a semester I know how to handle my classes, studying and time for friends, so a job would be good for second semester I think.  When I told my mom that I had applied at the Alamo today, I was worried she was going to say “I told you so” but luckily she was nice and didn’t rub  the “mom knows best” thing in my face.  So I hope I get it for second semester, I think it would be good to just have six hours a week working.  This is partly due to my horrible shopping addiction, which is a real bad thing sometimes…

Posted by: cmreich | November 16, 2009

Indecisive Me

I felt really indecisive about my page on our group blog for Project 4…I started my page with the idea of using “Lean on Me,” See You When We Get There and Pedagogy of the Oppressed. My topic of my page is about teacher-student relationships and interracial relationships.  I then realized that Pedagogy didn’t really fit with my topic so I cut that out.  Then I decided that it would be cool to do it all on “Lean on Me.”  So researched the film and found some pretty cool stuff but I felt like it was sort of irrelevant, like most of it pertained to the movie and I couldn’t really find information that fit with our project SOOO then I had an epiphany.  I realized that all along See You When You Get There was really the best text for my page.  I had good concepts and tons of information to research and use.  And I felt like after starting it that it was the most relevent to our class and the students in our class could take away more from it that my two previous ideas.  Even though it’s really bad to be indecisive, I’m sort of glad I was because now  I have found the best possible information to teach to the class.

Posted by: cmreich | November 15, 2009

Autism Society Dance…FUN FUN FUN

So this weekend was a BIG weekend for SSID.  We had Fall Clean-Up all yesterday and this morning and then this afternoon was a dance with the Autism Society that SSID hosts here on campus in the Circus Room in the Bone.  The whole room was set up like a Jr. High dance decorated, there were cool lights shining everywhere and we even got a professional photographer to take pictures of everyone!  So children with Autism came with their families including siblings and we danced around.  The DJ played all the cheesy classics that everyone knows like YMCA, Shout, the Cha Cha Slide and even Thriller as a tribute to Michael Jackson of course.  All the kids and even the parents were on the dance floor the whole time. I really bonded with a girl named Madison and she and I did some pretty crazy dance moves.  Overall the event was a huge success there were about 25 children with Autism there and even more including the parents and siblings.  I had a ton of fun doing ALL the SSID events this weekend, but all the raking leaves and dancing has left me totally exhausted…

Posted by: cmreich | November 14, 2009

SSID Fall Clean-Up

I’m involved in an organization here at ISU called Students Serving Individuals with Disabilities otherwise known as SSID.  Today was the most popular volunteer event of the year where we go to professors homes and people in the community’s homes and “clean-up.” We rake leaves, chop bushes and trees, sweep sidewalks, clean out garages and any other cleaning necessary before the winter comes.  This is my first year so I wasn’t really sure what to expect but I had a lot of fun.  I raked and cleaned, got dirt all over me, it was a blast.  I felt really good that our organization gets out into the community to do some projects.  So all the homes we went to paid SSID and with that money we sponsor many things having to do with individuals in the community with disabilities.  For the holidays we took in two families that have a child(ren) with disabilities and we buy them clothes, non perishable food, toys for the children and more.  We also are donating children books to a school in Chicago that does not have any books about physical and mental disabilities.  I’m so excited to be part of such a fun club that really raises a lot of awareness to people!

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