At Davenport High School, 52 students will walk across the stage with a diploma in hand. Of the 26 in my Bridge to College class, there is a mix of students pursuing two-year degrees, four-year degrees or careers after graduation. As we wind down the year and seniors can almost hear the first notes of “Pomp and Circumstance,” I felt it was a good time for my students to reflect on how this year of Bridge to College prepared them for the next. In my last blog I asked for questions to pose to my Bridge to College students. A few students wrote their thoughts about the year based on questions from the blog.
Questions to prompt discussion: What have you enjoyed about the Bridge to College reading and writing activities? How has the class prepared you for college? What activities were particularly helpful?
After taking the Bridge to College class, I feel very confident in going to college in the fall. Reading and writing are both topics that I am not very confident in. By doing all of the reading and writing activities in this class, I have been able to take my time and think about the importance of writing and what it takes to properly understand a reading piece. This class has highly boosted my confidence in my reading and writing capabilities by the countless opportunities my teacher has provided me to improve on these skills. They are both very important in one’s education and I think it has given me a great start to being successful in my college career. From all of the support and knowledge I have gained by taking this class, I believe I am ready to confidently step into a college English course.
A specific activity that helped me in this class is the fact that my teacher has provided real life examples of things of we were reading about for comparison. For example, when we were reading about the New Space Race, we got to watch a rocket be launched into space. It helps a lot that we are able to make these connections from our book to current events.
Because of Bridge to College English, I’m very prepared for life after graduation. This course has taught me ways to read and question articles, stories, poems and media in general. Bridge to College English also taught me how to properly form and express opinions and think critically about what we read. This will help me not only in possible future endeavors with school, but for voting and also reading in general. I’m very thankful for this course because it helps me to be aware of not only what’s going on in my future life, but also the ways to research and understand what’s being expressed in a reading. Life after high school will be easier to understand and navigate because of Bridge to College and the valuable resources we were taught, such as critical thinking and annotating for understanding. I’ve truly been prepared for life after high school because of this class. One activity that helped me tremendously was Activity 4 of the 1984 unit. This activity helped me because we had to look at the outside of the book before opening it, which sometimes helps the reader to understand what the book may be about. There were many pre-reading activities that helped clarify why previewing is important.
There are many things that I have come to enjoy about the reading and writing activities, such as being able to express my feelings on a topic, and this also helps me understand what I am learning at that moment because I’m able to have multiple opportunities to review readings. I am able to say what I want and express all of my beliefs based on the topic. Considering all of our activities, the 1984 section has been my favorite. This section gave me the opportunity to write out all of the questions for the book, that gave me a better understanding of what was happening in the book because I was able to go back and reread, then also write down the answers. This helped me write my essay in the end since I was able yo go back and refer to what I knew.
After taking the bridge to college English class, I feel very confident in my abilities to be successful in going into a new career or attending college next year. I think this class has really prepared me for college level English work, and that it has helped to deepen my understanding of crucial knowledge and the skills needed to be successful. Having weekly discussions about the book we were reading and having individual tasks within our groups each week helped a lot with keeping me involved with the books, and helped recieve get a better understanding of what I was reading. It has also taught me how to take a different approach to my school work, and helped make me over all a more self-assured student in any choices I choose to make with my future after I graduate.
I have really enjoyed all of the readings we have done in this class, but my favorite unit that we have done in here would be either “The Space Race” or “1984.” The reasons why I enjoyed both of these units so much, had to do with how we could relate it to real events. During the unit of “The Space Race,” we got to see a rocket launch live, and it really helped to relate what we were reading about to the real world. I also liked how “Big Brother” related to the real world now because of how far our technology is coming, and how our technology tracks us and is involved with our daily lives.
I enjoy working with teachers to pool our collective ideas and talents.To fill my teaching bucket in this way, I participate in the ESD 101 ELA Fellows, lead a community of practice for Bridge to College and enjoy working with the CorelaborateWa teachers.
I am in my twelfth year teaching; two doors down the hall, my husband is in his second year as an AgEd teacher and FFA adviser . Our two young daughters, 8 and 5, keep us crazy-- I mean busy--as we juggle 4-H, dance, basketball, t-ball and more.
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