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As a senior, I have encountered many challenging moments that I have both succeeded and failed; however, a moment when I have felt especially motivated was in a fall term poetry class. Every week, we had to write a poem and submit it for an anonymous class peer critique. I spent eight hours writing a poem about my sister, and I submitted it for peer review. During class, many students spoke about my poem fondly. My teacher could have nodded his head and continued, but instead he expressed his deep appreciation for my honest words about my sister. He not only raved about it in class; he mentioned my poem in conference with me and expressed his excitement for my newfound poetic voice. Therefore, with his comments and advice, I went to conference with him every time I had a draft instead of submitting what I thought was a decent poem. He inspired me to stay motivated and write drafts to create a better poem. His interest in my work and his interest in getting to know me better as a person allowed me to become a better poet and inspired me to be more interested in myself.
Catalog of Lessons by Subject > English > Student-Teacher Relationships Linda Anderson 2017-10-07T02:29:26+00:00