Blogging has helped me with a couple of things. One thing is blogging makes doing homework easier. I don't have to worry about taking books home, or turning a paper in the next day. It is so simple to log onto the website and answer a question, then one click and my response is sent to the teacher. I like blogging because it makes doing homework so convenient.
I completely agree with your statement! With most books and other homework assignments assigned to us last year in English, we always had to worry about "take home" assignments and how they were due the very next day, but I feel that with blogging it makes homework for honors English convenient for procrastinators like Peter and I!
I know there were a few times where I had left homework at school.With blogging I don't have to worry about remembering things.But the worst part about "take home" assignments are remembering to turn them in the next day. Last year it was like a search and find puzzle in my backpack trying to find the correct homework assignment for the right class. Just like you and Peter, I myself am a procrastinator.
Blogging so far has helped me become a more efficient procrastinator. Now instead of waiting the night before to do the assignment i can now do it minuets, even seconds, before the due date. It adds a whole new depth to my homework, now its not just about grades, its an adrenaline rush! Its like riding a roller coaster without the whole puking business and the slow climb to the top is replaced with a slow climb to academic success! Some people say they are "coaster junkies" but i can truly say that i am a "blogger junkie".
I believe no one has responded to my post because it is so full and complete there is nothing you could possibly add on to it! Its pure and beautiful like the first snowfall of winter or a child's hopes and dreams, no one wants to ruin it. But one day that snow is going to be defecated on by the neighbors dog, and one day little Jimmy is going to have to realize the being an being an astronaut takes a lot of work and that working at McDonald's will be much easier. And one day Jimmy will look up into the night sky after asking "would you like fries with that?" for the 20,000th time and cry wishing that he could be floating amongst the stars. And as jimmy cries into the fries of costumer number 20,000 he will be fired and forced to beg for change on the street. FIN
You crack me up! Thank you for using little Jimmy instead of little Johnny! :)
PETER 4 CLASS CLOWN
Blogging really does help someone like me. It definatily gives me time to think of a response. I am always the last one to finish a test, homework assignment, or even when it comes to eating. Blogs give me all the time I need. I also wake up pretty early and go to sleep relatively late, so I can blog whenever I want. Again, it gives me time. Instead of turning it in at school, I can continue working on it at home. When classmates blog, it might open my eyes to a thought that never crossed my mind. This makes me look at a topic or book in a new way. I'm always open to new ideas. On the other hand, sometimes it's hard for me to keep track. If i don't have a reminder or physical paper, I might forget to blog.
I agree completely with everything you said. I always am at home wondering what to do and this will help so much. All the insightful ideas from other people will get a lot of people thinking and talking about the book. About the forgetting to blog, I agree. I forget everything that isn't right in front of me which is why I leave the senior English tab up on my iPad and I have put it on my homepage labeled as "blog" to help me remember.
Maybe it'll help you to.
As I mentoned earlier, having friends blog opens my mind to new ideas. Thank you Lelaina! I'm going to try that out. I agree with you Alyssa. Thankfully, Mrs. Hess is great when it comes to reminders.
I agree about the keeping on track part. I've found it hard to remember when blogging is do, but hopefully we can all get used to it throughout the year!
In the past I've only been assigned maybe one blogging assignment, but with this book I feel that it helps tremendously. Blogging like this helps me stay on track and continue to read (even if I don't like the book). With blogging I can also view more of my classmates perspectives on the book, which kind of guides me with different outlooks as I continue reading through the book. I tent to be slightly pessimistic and one sided when it comes to reading. But all and all, blogging to the pride and prejudice seems to be the way to go for my learning and reading techniques.
I think blogging will help you too, especially if you aren't interested in the book. Knowing what everyone else is thinking of the book might help you get through it! It will also help us continue to read the book even if we don't really enjoy it. I also think having blogs due will be more helpful than having quizzes. Do you think so, too?
I completely agree Rach! Although quizzes and blogs put the same amount of pressure on my shoulders, I can actually keep on track with the novel. My level of understanding with the book is greater with blogging than it would be with assigned quizzes.
Rach and Madison, that is the story of my life! No matter how many times I read the chapters or different summary websites I get on, it's never good enough. Quizzes kill a home girl like me! I think I have an understanding but then I read the questions. Blogging gives me a better chance. Thank you for the opportunity Mrs. Hess!
Blogging hasn't helped a lot yet but I feel like it will help in the future because of all the opinions one topic can get. It would help me really think about the book. I might have one opinion and others might have another. We could argue over it and maybe even come to an agreement but respect each opinion both ways. I like that everyone can talk it over and figure out things that someone might not understand too.
I agree with you about the opinions Laney. I feel like so far people have been a little more open to a discussion than they have been in class this year.
It's probably because it's not face to face but keyboard to keyboard. It's easier to have an opinion when you feel like no one can make you feel stupid. :)
I have only blogged for one class before, and I feel like it has helped me get my point across. Sometimes I won't say things in class that I would write. I think that blogging will help me in reading and understanding Pride and Prejudice because it will help me see other aspects or viewpoints on the book than I would have originally thought. I will be able to see other classmate's blog posts and that might bring up some new thoughts on the story. Or if I get confused in the story I will be able to read some blog posts and hopefully understand what is happening. Also, I hope that when other people read my blogs, they will see a new view on the book and it will help them. I think blogging will help everyone who uses it to their advantage.
I totally agree with you Rach. Sometimes I also don't understand what I am reading, and sometimes it takes longer for things to click. The blog helps me read other peoples' responses, and I get a better understanding of the text.The blog is a resource everyone should use to help get a different perspective of what we all are reading
I agree with you on several points. I especially agree with you that the students who use blogging to their advantage will be able to excel through it. I also feel more comfortable voicing my full opinion in writing rather than vocally in front of a class.
I am glad you both agree with me. I hope that with blogging, different ideas will be passed to and from each student. We will also be able to communicate our full thoughts in the blog and see every student's posts, even if they are in a different hour of class than us. I really think blogging will help all of us.
Blogging has allowed for a discussion atmosphere unique to the honors portion of the class. Since we do not have a separate classroom for honors, this allows the class to share personal insight into the novel. This environment also gives opportunity for all students to voice their ideas, unlike a classroom discussion in which some students might dominate the conversation. The freedom of online submission works well into student's busy schedules, and allows students a greater degree of responsibility. This show trust on behalf of the instructors, and growth on behalf of the students. Overall, I believe that blogging has helped the class in its entirety.
I agree with this statement completely. I'm excited to have the opportunity to receive all of these different viewpoints of the stories, and to read what everyone has to say about them. I don't sit next to, or have the same class as many of you, so this will definitely help if I need help, or anyone taking this course does. Nice comment Luke:)
I like your thoughts on bridging the two classes, especially with the amount of students studying off-campus in our class. That was something I really didn't think about initially.
Thank you so much for the positive attitude! Love your thoughts & insights.
So far blogging is helpful to me in the sense that it is easy to turn in and easy to understand the directions. There are a couple downsides in my opinion. First of all I get busy with my othe homework and forget to do it, and second it is a little more time consuming if my Internet is slow. For the most part I don't mind blogging because it is pretty simple, but academically I don't really find it helpful i take more out of actual face to face discussions.
This is my first time blogging. I find it helpful in the ways that I can do it when I have time, but also, agreeing with Peter's post, it allows me to procrastinate. In the future, I'm looking forward to gaining more insight to the literature we are reading, and different opinions on the books. This helps out because it narrows down, and groups up the honors students we might not get to interact with during class. I'm finding the blogs in class to being beneficial in the long run.
It's also my first time to blog too! I also agree with your points. As young adults, we're always online, and blogging is the most efficient way to get our ideas across, interact with each other, and learn at the same time.
I personally don't think this will help me in the beginning but maybe as we get further into the year the convenience of it all will hopefully be as helpful as I would assume it to be. Especially since I tend to forget everything we do throughout the day and am usually too lazy to write things down just being able to pop on into the website from time to time and see if it's due (or at least have an educated guess based on how many others have posted) will be an awesome thing.
I think that blogging has helped because it makes it easier to keep up with the assignments and also, see the progress of other people. It really helps to see how far everyone has gotten and how their thought processes are. It helps to get a better look at what's going on in the book. Also, it's nice to be able to look at the class descution even if I'm not in class!
I agree Alyssa! I love seeing everyone's thoughts
I feel as though blogging will help me be on track with the reading of our books. Considering the book is a bit old fashioned, I may not understand some scenarios. Not only will my ideas, understandings, and perspective on the books be expressed, but by reading other people's blogs I could also understand certain scenes in a new way. So far blogging in general hasn't helped me, but I think it will surely come in handy later on in the year!
Siphathi I couldn't agree more. Blogging helps keep you on track with the reading. Also being able to read other peoples blogs will help others give them a better understanding with the reading.
Because of this awesome opportunity to be able to help each other understand the books better, I'm definitely looking forward to the future literature!
Blogging is a great way for everyone in a class to be able to come together and have a discussion about a topic without having to actually having to come together. It's easy, convenient, and allows everyone to get be able to share there own ideas about something. I personally would rather just have a blogging assignment rather than something like doing handouts. This allows for more time for class discussions over the topic and thus giving students more of a chance to better understand the topic at hand.
I agree with you Devin all the way. Having everyone blog about the book instead of having all of us talk about it in class has made it easier to understand the book.
I think blogging has forced me to keep track of my ideas and keep up with how other people feel about the subject. Blogging is like the new and improved Enotes, because I'm gonna get graded on what I retain from what I read.......It's so much pressure!
I agree, it helps to be constantly graded and criticized on what we grasp while reading.
And I believe that helps when it comes to test time because being monitored and graded on what we are reading will help us retain information for the tests we take, and our grades will reflect that.
Blogging has actually helped me more than I originally thought it would. Blogging every week keeps me involved. It helps to have continuos work for a book or novel rather than to get the book one day, and have a test a month later with nothing in between to keep me focused.
I like the fact you brought up involvement, and your right, it does keep you involved. That is the one thing I told myself I was going to be this year, involved, and blogging really does help with that
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Yeah it really helps, and you're right with your comment on your comment when you said it will help come test day.
As I blog about this book I see that I am not alone. I am finding that people are having the same thoughts and problems as I am. I find it comforting knowing that no matter the person we are all battling the same problem: Procrastination.
You bring up a good point. Procrastination is a danger we all face. I personally procrastinate more than I should. So blogging has some good effects to get quick ideas. I still rather have a conversation than to blog.
Thanks Wes'. I agree but disagree on having a conversation though. Other than blogging is easy and done on your own time, I feel a conversation would result in something like a socratic seminar. Where you would feel the pressure of the other dozen of us on your shoulders. Plus, I fear the types of assignments that Hess & Springstead would think up for us to do so.
I feel that blogging has made this book easier for everyone. All we have to do is blog to each other, and we can answer questions about the book to each other.
I agree. It helps take the stress off of being in honors. If you don't really understand the book all you have to do is blog and ask the others. That is if at least one of us understands it.
yeah Drew if any of us does under stands it.
I believe blogging helps people to express their ideals of the book. I however, rather have a in class discussion instead. I enjoy talking to people and hear their ideals right away then to wait for their responds on a blog. At least that's what I think.
I see where you are coming from. In a way, both blogs and discussions help. Writing a blog really makes you think of a response, but they drag. We have to constantly be on here just to see if someone has responded. I like discussions in class, because we can have instant feedback. One idea can lead to another. Everyone is in the same place which makes things easier. However, not all of us like to discuss. Some like to keep to themselves or are shy. Blogging gives them the opportunity to speak.
Thank you for responding! I do understand your point though. I personally keep to myself. But I prefer a discussion than a blog any day.
I really enjoy blogging, it helps to know what everyone else thinks about what Im reading also, and I enjoy listening to other people insights.
Blogging definitely helped me because I was able to get my thoughts out there, see what others were thinking, and explain my thoughts rather than just simply answering test questions.
I agree completely when you said it's better than answering test questions! But I think it also prepares you for the test in a way as well.
Blogging about the book Pride and Prejudice has given me a chance to not only express my thoughts but to see what others think about the book and see any other opinions that they have. I feel like it has helped me because if I don't understand something then this gives me a chance to see if anyone else has and then maybe help explain it to me.
I completely agree with you Madyson! Seeing other people's blog posts really help me see what everyone else's thoughts are and if they're the same as mine or different. It makes the whole process a lot better!
Definitely! Especially when you see that someone has the same opinion as you!
What did I learn about myself? What might I do in the future? The best part of the novel is...?What I liked best or least about reading this way? How has blogging helped me or not?