I'm having a really hard time believing that it's the end of the first quarter. My mind just refuses to process it. It's been really difficult, but I've managed to keep from going insane these past few weeks. However, I'm extremely proud of the effort I've put into all of my work- especially English. When I think back, I remember all the hours I spent poring over in-class novels such as Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and Frankenstein, and the excruciating detail I included in all my blog posts and essays.
I'm particularly satisfied with the work I put into my blog posts this quarter. I felt that I deeply analyzed the required texts and spelled out exactly what I wanted to say to my readers. Although I've often had trouble thinking of the right words, and suffered through the pain of having to rewrite my blog posts multiple times, I always ended up pleased with my answers. Here's an excerpt from a post after watching "Eye of the Beholder" in class:
I never rushed any of my work for English, and made sure to answer as thoroughly as possible. I also felt that I did well in the class discussions we had in class about various novels we read. I filled out each SCOUT sheet we received and wrote down as many annotations as I could.
I'd consider these assignments to be my greatest successes during Quarter 1.
One of my greatest challenges has definitely been keeping up with Membean. I'm so absorbed in finishing my homework as quickly and efficiently as possible that I completely disregard it sometimes. It's only until it's too late that I realize I missed something. Next quarter, I plan on making sure I finish 15 minutes per day, no exceptions. I'll make sure I don't go easy on myself and let a day slip by. It may also be easier for me to finish practice during study hall. This way, I can focus on getting my other homework done after school.
In addition, the essays are occasionally difficult, but it's only because I procrastinate sometimes, and it's tough to form coherent sentences that demonstrate understanding when you're racing to get things done. However, the Position Paper was by far my favorite in regards to its organization. Having it split up into different assignments and due dates was extremely helpful. Surprisingly, my essay actually made sense.
Next quarter, I want to split up large assignments in English in this way. Normally, I'm the kind of person who has to finish a project or piece of homework all at once, but this has to change if I want to be successful for the rest of my life.
Organization will definitely help me improve the quality of my work for the rest of the year. I believe I can write much better if I do my assignments sooner so my words don't sound forced. I'm actually really looking forward to implementing this in my daily schedule, and I'm definitely excited to see how much I'll progress in English class.