Expressive writing has been something that I have done for years through journaling. The difference in the journals and expressive writing in this class is that I have always kept my journals private. Exposure of my expressions was something that was very different. I am very glad that my expressive ideas were shared and read. It was good to hear my ideas restated, and it confirmed that the message was portrayed in the way that I intended.
Poetic writing is always the easiest to me. It allows to be less judged, and it offers a freedom to speak without being self-conscious. I am glad that we were able to have the poetic writing in this class. I have become more comfortable in allowing my students to use poetic form in many more ways than the “text book” would call for at a 4th grade level. I learned that I am very good at following an outline, or a format. This was done several times in this class and I appreciated it, and felt more confident about my work that way.
I was extremely nervous about expository writing, especially after hearing Jeff’s scribe report. I absolutely love writing papers, but it is not necessarily my strength. I am always worried about using the proper vocabulary, or conveying information the way that I would like for it to be received. This class has caused me to be a little more confident before going to graduate school. It has reminded me of the work load, and the expository writing that will be involved. I have a lot to consider, but this class was the first step into remembering what it is like to write with this form.
There was a lot that I learned from this class. It was great to be reminded of my academic strengths and weaknesses before proceeding to teach this year. I am very glad to have been able to practice all forms of writing during this course.