Archive for January, 2008

ELNG Assignment

Given the difference between strategies and skills(writing, life,sports…)which is most important in coaching a reluctant or struggling writer? REMEMBER: this is a journal where you use writing to explore the issue and express your thoughts. IDEAS about the topic rather than “one size fits all” answer is the ideal.

It is important for coaching a writer by supporting the different strategies that can be used in helping the students with working with writings. The use of strategies can be helpful for some students because they may not know a way to start the writing process and have it become easier for them to start working. Though skills also have an influence on the writing process, strategies can be helpful because not all students have the skills to be strong writers at first so it makes it hard for some students who lack a few of those skills to know where to start and need help from an outside influence on what to do.

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ELNG Journal Entry

So its an absolute BLIZZARD outside! Its so so cold and I am hiding out in my house as a way of avoidng the cold! This week has been starting off slowly! The other day my boyfriend and I went to a dinner party with a couple friends, which was a nice start to the week. Otherwise it has been pretty slow.

Good news about my school! My Elng project is going well and we are really excited to present! We have a big pile of books and even a tape that we are going to use as examples! I am really excited and I figured out a plan for my health project which will be easy to put together and has realieved some stress!

Later Days!

ELNG Journal Entry

So its a very snowy day right now! I have a few mintues before I am to bundle up in my many layers of coats and put on my big tall boots and trudge off to school. Its not to bad walking to school most days. The only down fall is when there is a windshield of -35 and no matter how fast you try to walk, you just end up feeling cold! A lot of people question me about why I would rather take the 15-20 minute walk instead of drive up and I point out the simple fact that I would rather walk and be cold then drive, park in a lot that is a good 5 minute sometimes 10 minutes, depending on what lot you are at, to just simply go to school. Also the price of parking is a tad bit high for me and not wanting to see my veichle get damaged is also another reason. I know most people have not had issues but I have seen the random “keying” to peoples cars and the dents that people have gotten from other people simply swinging open their doors wihtout a care in the world. So I shall now head off and shufffle through the mass amount of snow outside for my class this afternoon! 

ELNG Assignment

Write about how you feel about yourself as a writer. Do you consider yourself a writer? Why or why not? What particular challenges do you face as a writer? Is it easy for you to think about topics to write about?

I don’t know if I would say that I am a writer or not. I guess since I write on here, it does mean that I am an actual writer. Am I a good writer? I don’t really think I am the absolute awesome kind of one. I have written term paper after term paper and assignment and tests enough times in university and have gotten different types of feed back for everyone of them. English which is not a strong point of mine (I like to read books but I don’t like to write essay’s comparing two books on how they are similar and how they are different) was good and bad for me. My first university english 100 class went well and I say I did fairly decent for trying hard and attempting to figure out Prarie poetry and the meaning they were sending out. On the other hand when I hit English 110 and was told that I was a dyslexic and a poor writer, and questioned how I actually made it to university dampened my spirits on ever thinking I was a good writer (I found out later that this prof has formed her opinion that, that is how everyone is and has quite an ego). What changed me after that horrific english class (which I remarkedly passed) was that I got a 100% (I was absolutely floored) for a sociology term paper. I of course ran up to this english prof slapped it on the desk and screamed “HA I AM SO A GOOD WRITER”, which was kind of not mature but I was happy. I am pretty sure that the one thing that stops me from a writer is that me and grammar, or grammar and I, do not agree with each other. After years of elementary school shoving it into my brain, I do not favor grammar.

ELNG Journal entry

So for my ELNG class I am supposed to keep a journal and just write in it. Sounds pretty easy for me. So I guess I will start describing my week. Its been beyond crazy and tiring and its only Tuesday. Wow… I just started a new job as a casual rec worker with the city (BYE BYE CASHIERING!) and its been pretty good. The hard thing right now is just getting all the orientation and work sorted out so that I can work! Its tough! I feel like I am constantly running to work for like 15 minutes and then going home again. The catch is the center I am at is not exactly a quick run to from my house or from school. But hey I will eventually stop feeding the parking meters and letting the uni steal all of my loonies and toonies! I am excited for friday because I get to do a day camp (which thankfully is only one day cause I am not that overly masterful at being creative)! I have already created two activity plans because I have to do this on two different fridays! YIkES! Its been kind of a tough semester so far with having to get used to do night classes. I find it hard cause I am more wide awake and ready to run around all afternoon so maybe its been a good thing because I actually do my homework and not read to pages and go ok i am tired time for some sleep! Which is what I do after I get home from work or class! = ) I ever so smartly forgot to grab the one book i need to do readings today before I ran out my front door and am kicking myself for it… But I guess that means I get to cram a few chapters in tonight (ok lets say a few pages cause its a really dry book) and then some more tommorrow in between class and orientation and class… oye I am going to be one tired girl by sunday!

Autty

ELNG Assignment

Song: Good Riddance (Time of your life)

Band: Green Day

Lyrics: Another turning point, a fork stuck in the road
Time grabs you by the wrist, directs you where to go

These lyrics make me really think because it’s talking about how many people face life on a day to day basis. From these lyrics, I think of lots of different situations that myself and many people have gone through on a day to day life. In the line “Time grabs you by the wrist, directs you where to go.” is unique because it makes me think about how a person’s life is constantly chaning and that we have no control over time. This is a really unique song because it describes the feelings that I have about growing up and going through life. These are important lyrics because it helps describe many times in my life and people can be able to relate to these because everyone at one point in time feels lost and has to make a choice and they do not know the outcomes that will occur.