Thursday, October 8, 2009

Reflection of an AP English 12 student 2009

I'm not quite sure if you remember me. My name is Anna Schmidt and I took your AP English 12 course last year, 6th hour.
I just wanted to thank you for pushing me to challenge myself in class. All the techniques you taught really help in college. Reading thoroughly, especially taking notes along the way, makes discussion and idea development run smoothly. Even the texts we read provide a strong reference point for essays. For one, "The Hollow Men" by T.S. Elliot still gives me things to think about to this very day. I even used the poem as a text material for class and intend to delve deeper into Elliot's meaning as I go through college.
Coming from a student who knows the difficulty of a Forsberg class, and the stress, your students should understand that all of it WILL help later on. Tell them to embrace it.
Finally, the main lesson I learned in your class was to think outside the box. Learn the rules so you know how to break them. Assignments can't be "wrong", in the sense that every idea is valid if supported with evidence.
Thank you for all the help, all the advice, all the knowledge.
Anna Schmidt