Monday, January 04, 2010

Day 1

English 102 Lesson Plan Day 1

  1. Write down three specific skills you do well. Could be athletic, academic, hobbies, jobs, etc.
  2. How did you learn them? How did you get good at them?
  3. Pictures
  4. To the left: shirts and shoes on side? board
  5. What are you going to do with your college education?
  6. Careers, current/anticipated on board.
  7. The goal of college is to

    1. be very well-off financially
    2. develop a meaningful philosophy of life
  8. Syllabus read. Revise question based on syllabus.
  9. There are used copies in the bookstore now, but limited supply. I'd like you to have TWIF 3.0 by Friday at the latest. This means ordering it online today. Also, libraries and bookstores will all have copies. Make sure you get the right copy: 3.0.
  10. A couple of additions:
  11. Office Hour 830-930
  12. Frequent BP offered, but only up to 100% of prewriting grade
  13. Homework: Read "Making College Relevant" with a pen/pencil and mark it as you read. (1-4) We'll read the other pages as homework tomorrow.
  14. If you're reading it online, check out the reader comments as well.
  15. Homework: Write a paragraph to a page of advice for English 70 students about college.

    1. BP: Post your paragraphs to the blog for one bp.
    2. All posts on the blog will be collected at the end of the month.
    3. Each comment is worth a point as long as it is on topic and over a sentence in length.
    4. If you have gmail, you can log on using that account. If not, you can easily sign up, but it's not required.


Angelica Cisneros said...

Angelica Cisneros
January 4, 2010
I would suggest to a person beginning English 70 to definitely stay organized. Once your organized it’s easy to see what needs to get done and what will need to be done by certain days. This way you will always be able to look back when test day comes up and your notes will be easy to find. By staying organized and engaged in your class is definitely a good way to get and A. This has worked for me and I would also suggest not procrastinating. Keep your assignment in thought even if you don’t start it extremely early it will help put your thoughts together. Last thing make sure you have at least two people look over your paper that are a lot better writers than you. They will usually have very good feedback.

lucia.ramirez said...

Although I did not need to take English 70, I did need to take a lower level class in order to get into English 101. I can say from experience that being able to stay organized, turning in assignments on time, and showing up to class everyday will certainly help you be successful following other courses as well. There are many thing a person must and can do in order to succeed in college, for example there should be no procrastination what so ever. Once a student begins doing the assignment the night before it is due, knowing the assignment was given a week in advance, will only lower their chances of showing their actual skills in writing. Plus you stress over it much more and there is no need for that. So to keep it simple, do your work and on time, that means no procrastination, go to class everyday, and stay organized!

Stephanie Marie said...

Something that I learned very quickly while attending YVCC was that the library charges you to print papers. I would tell a English 70 student to print papers in the Deccio computer labs (21 pages per day) in order to save money. I would also suggest studying in the library rather then the hub or quiet lounge because the library offers more of a studying enviroment.
~Stephanie Tatom

Chelsey said...

If I were to give advice to someone just starting college, I would tell them first of all to stay positive. Choosing to keep a good attitude makes the whole experience enjoyable; a good attitude keeps you from panicking and helps you remain calm and focused. You are also more likely to get away with late homework. (Just kidding!)
I would also tell him or her that keeping organized is half the battle. It helps you turn assignments in on time because you know where to find due dates, and you don't lose your homework. You also should have a schedule or some sort of plan; it keeps procrastination at bay. Set times for homework and set days for research help focus and motivate you as well as keep you on track.
Communication is really important, but I really struggle with it. I just assume everyone can see inside my brain, and I get frustrated when something goes wrong because I didn't communicate. And something will always go wrong if you don't. Even if you are over communicating, at least everyone's on the same page. I would tell him or her that asking questions is also important. If you don't understand something, you can't just ignore it and push on. If asking questions embarrasses you, you just have to remember that the instructors are there to teach you and answering questions about the material is part of teaching.

Nick G said...

Nick Groth
Some advice I would give to an English 070 student would be to either take early classes or late classes in order to get a decent parking spot, otherwise you will most likely have to pay for a parking spot or park in the block streets. I would also suggest never missing a day of school, because you may miss important notes or lose points because of a missed quiz or test. Also be aware of the handicap doors because someone my press the automatic door button when your leaving or entering a building and it can swing open and hit you, seen it happen. Other than that, just keep up on your homework every night, and you should be just fine.

Anonymous said...

Making the decision about what you want to do for the rest of your life in your first quarter is probably one of the worst decisions a new college student may make. Worrying about specializing in your future career field right after high school can lead to headaches, wasted time and effort. I started my education at Yakima Valley Community College in Fall Quarter of 2002. I was really great with technology and I just knew I wanted to work as a Computer Network Administrator. I began taking classes and eventually I had completed 60 credit hours in my degree path before I figured out that I really didn’t want to sit in an office behind a computer for any length of time. Now I have plenty of credit hours for an Associate Degree, however, I still have 43 credit hours of required classes in order to graduate. Broaden your studies and take a core of general education credits. Most of these credits count toward various degree paths at YVCC and will allow students to plan what they want to move their education toward in the future after they have had at least a little experience in different areas of study. Keeping an open mind about a future career is a good decision which allows students to become diverse in their acquired knowledge and skills which will enable them to be successful.

Alicia Godinez said...

Organization is key to passing any class with a good grade. Keep your handouts, notes, and assignments organized in a binder so that you are not stressing out looking for them the day they are due. Another great tool to take advantage of is the tutoring centers, make a habit of taking a paper to the writing center to get advice for improvement. It will definitely benefit you in the long run. I would also make friends or form a study group with other students in your class so you have someone to turn to if you missed a day of class and need notes, or if you need another peer review done on a paper. Staying organized and taking advantage of all the great resources YVCC has to offer with help you achieve your goals, and make your time in college much less stressful.

Sean said...

The best thing you could do in any English class is to thoroughly read all the materials your professor gives you. Also, buy a thesaurus and a dictionary and study them because you can never know enough words.

Actually, read anything you can get your hands on but make sure its challenging and interesting.

Erika Sanchez said...

As for me, I started in 101 and i never had to take 70 but my friends did. My advice would be try to keep all your notes and thoughts organized. Another thing that has helped in the past would have to be "NO SLACKING". Always stay on top of your work and pay attention.

Alisa_Moehrle-Druffel said...

To any English 70 student i would suggest that they be organized and keep everything they get. Take notes even if you think you know or underatand the material enough. Getting ahead never hurts either, so you go over it twice, what will it hurt?
Dont procrastinate, putting off your work will just lead to more stess than needed.
My last advice is go to class, it really does help. Missing one day here and there will add up and you could quickly be left behind in subject and you wont get caught back up.

Kesiah said...

For those who are beginning English 70, this would mean that you're probably just beginning your classes at YVCC. Always ask questions if you don't understand! Always keep all your assignments, just in case your teacher accidently loses yours. Teachers have more than one class and more than one student, so it wouldn't be hard for something like that to happen. Always be on time and keep your phone off or at least on vibrate! Be kind and considerate to others and always pay attention to your teacher. Try to miss as least many days as possible as well as always turning in your homework on time! Always be prepared and ready for class!

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Adeana said...

I would like to pass on the best piece of advice given to me at the beginning of my college career. Don't look to far into the future. This will inevitable cause you anxiety. Always look at the little picture first. Then, if time permits, broaden your focal point. Start with the assignment that is due first, then work on assignments with a later due date. However, I would suggest not working ahead. You may end up doing your work incorrectly because your missing instructions. More importantly your filling valuable relaxation time with more homework. We all deserve some down time when we're caught up with our work.

Naomi Robinson said...

My advice for new coming students is to make sure you get a head start on homework and researching for papers. Procrastinating has been the worst enemy of every English student because the quality of people’s papers and homework has potential to be a lot better and I know that from experience.
Another thing to add is that being persistent even when your grades look like they will be good enough to make it hang in there and keep working hard all the way up to the end. It is definitely worth it.
Good luck!!!

Joe Scheidegger said...

The first suggestion I would give to an individual taking English 70 would be to stay organized. Get a good three-ringed binder to keep all your assignments in and a three-hole punch for all the papers that don't have them, although most professors are pretty good at making sure they are hole punched, for the papers that aren't more often than not those papers get stuffed in a pocket or book bag and are lost to the ages. Secondly, use all the resources that YVCC has to offer, not only are they helpful but you're already paying for them through your tuition so you might as well use them. Lastly, you want to make a lot of new friends and form study groups with those friends, this is not only so you all can study the information from the class but the different people can provide different viewpoints on material that you could not have come up with on your own. Oh, and for the love of Pete: DON'T PROCRASTINATE!

Maribel said...

I would recommend a new English 70 student to show up to class every day unless it’s a real emergency. Attendance affects your grades. Keep organized, that way its easier to keep tract of all your info needed. Keep all your returned assignments. Sometimes instructors don’t have your grade, this way you have proof of doing your homework. Don’t be afraid to ask questions if you don’t understand something! Read all the assigned readings. Don’t wait till the last minute to start homework or essays. If you need help on anything go to the lab. Also parking at the Yakima campus sucks. You either have to have your classes super early or in the evening in orders to park for free otherwise you have to pay.

Sam said...

To English 70 students I would suggest that you pay attention and realize that there is something to learn even though you are in the first English class. Don’t think that because you’re starting in the lowest English class that you can just coast through the class. If you pay attention and try to grasp whatever concept the teacher is trying to teach you will be much better off in the higher classes. Even if you already know the basic ideas that are being taught, there is always something new you can learn and use later on. All information is important no matter how small or insignificant it may seem at the time; that information is usually the most helpful later on. Also I would advise you to try to have fun. If you think the class is going to be boring and useless then that is exactly what it will be. But if you think that you are going to learn a lot, have fun, and come out of the class a better writer; then that is exactly what will happen. You will only get out of the class as much as you put in and if you can make yourself be interested you will learn so much more than if you just go through the steps.

Steve said...

As a Running Start student, I know there is a wide the gap in responsibility between high school and beginning college classes. A student starting their college career will be in for at least a small shock. On the other hand, there are several skills that help one stay successful.
The first beneficial skill to learn is organization. This is essential to success in college, and can help a student earn higher grades in all classes. If one stays organized, they will know exactly what to do for homework, and where to find necessary handouts and assignments. A second skill one must discover is how to avoid procrastination. A student who starts an assignment as soon as it is given will, nine times out of ten, receive a higher grade on the task. Another skill is learning to stay engaged in class. Actually listening to what the professor has so say and taking good notes will help a student know when due dates are, and essentially how an assignment is meant to be done right. All of the above skills, if properly learned and followed, will help any incoming college student stay successful, and earn higher grades.

Bryce Gohl said...

To a person begginning English 70 I would stress the importance of organization, sure it sounds simple but it makes a world of difference.I myself didnt take English 70, as a running start student I went straight to 101, but it helped me there just the same. Another thing I would tell them is to buy a star parking pass, yeah.. it's fifty dollars, But it will deffinitely help. Being able to park closer the the buildings will get you to classes on time, and keep you from getting parking tickets. Also as a new enlgish student I would tell them to take advantafe of the writing center and drop-in computer lab.

Zeidy Jaime said...

A few things to keep in mind in order to be successful in any class at YVCC is to stay organized in order to keep track of due dates and be able to turn your assignments in on time. Another thing to do would be study in a quiet area, my suggestion would be the cubicles in the library. You have your own space, and no one bothers you. Also, forming study groups to reveiew your essay will most likely provide you with helpful feed back. So just be sure to stay organized, find your quiet place, and work with others.

Justin Burton said...

My major suggestion to a student in an English 70 class would be to stay on top of their homework. I say this because I have seen many students fall by the wayside because of putting off their studies to a point of no return. Stopping yourself from procrastinating not only helps you get your homework done but also has you better prepared for class. The other thing that keeping up on your studies helps you with is pinpointing the problems that you have. When you have diagnosed your problems it is easier to go speak with your instructor and get feedback to help you succeed.

sarah said...

I've seen a lot of comments on here regarding organization. But my biggest advice to any student whether that student be entering Eng 70 or Physics, is to give it your all. It does not matter whether you like a subject or hate it. If you dig into the subject with all of you, you will find something worthwhile to always take with you. On top of this, remember that it doesn't matter whether you are good at a subject or interested in said subject. If you do your best you will feel good and know that you did your best. Take pride in what you are studying and your work will show that pride.

Danielle said...

Danielle Kondor
English 102

A piece of advice I would give to incoming freshman would be to pay very close attention to their professors. I know often times that may seem hard, especially if their teacher might talk in a mono to of voice. It is still very important to listen up, and take lots of notes. The more notes you take the les likely they will forget they have an assignment do or a paper due at the end of the week. To summaries, pay close attention, take lots of notes makes college life a lot easier.

Consuelo Hinojosa said...

My advice for those in an English class or even any other classes is to go to school everyday unless it's a very good excuse becasue you might miss something important and if you know ahead of time that you are going to miss let the teacher know so that he can give you information you might miss that day. Also make sure you turn everything in even if you don't think you know what you are doing becasue some points are better than no points. Good Luck : )

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Guadalupe said...

I would suggest that you take criticism and use it to your advantage. Most people are only trying to help your papers and thoughts become more clear, and concise. A trick I use was to read my paper aloud when I THINK I'm done. When you read back, it will sound way different in your head than you realized. Don't procrastinate, the longer you wait, the worse of it gets. But by all means be expressive in your paper. The best papers that receive the best grade often have the writers own voice in it. Also, I would suggest a creative writing class, or literature class, it teaches you extra valuable skills that may not be covered in class. All the best and before you know it you will be writing papers that are acclaimed by your class mates.

Aubri_Gonzalez said...

Advice I would give to English 70 students is for one, DONT PROCRASTINATE! Waiting till the very end will hurt you tremendously. Also dont miss class. Missing one day can get you behind and will catch up on you before you even realize it. But most of all stay positive and believe in yourself. If you dont then you might as well drop the class. Having confidence in yourself will help you succeed!

Joanne said...

It is always difficult for people to choose something to do with their life, after all, it is a major decision. Don’t be afraid to wait to choose your major until you have experienced many different types of classes. The easiest way to pass every class is to show up everyday, and do the work. Plan your time wisely, so you’re not cramming everything into one night, although be prepared to spend some late night hours to produce quality work. One helpful tool is to use a planner. It’s incredibly easy to forget about assignments, especially if you have more than one due on a single day. Writing it down not only helps you remember, but is also there to remind you if you happen to forget, so make sure to check it periodically. Also take some time to find where the support services are, such as the writing center, the library, and the computer lab. There is also tutoring available if you’re struggling. All of these services are very helpful at this college, and will definitely help you.