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.



I often use writing samples from past students as models in my classroom.  Please check one of the boxes and type in your name and today’s date below:

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Caitlin Reichert                                                                      Date: 11/26/09

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