Students Needs for Successful Learning Reading Attitude I have received a mixed response from students. They all like to read books of their level and are always curious to find the meanings of new words they come across. Students of grade 6, 7 and 8 like to read chapter books which have some characters to think and write about. Grade 10, 11 and 12 students whether it is a boy or a girl, liked and sometimes forced to read essays and course related material to improve on their essays. The secondary students strongly agreed that to learn new vocabulary a person has to read a lot and for this purpose it is very necessary to become a member of public libraries where they can find variety of books like fiction, non-fiction, historic, drama, classical, sports, cars etc.
He dedicated his life and time to studying and reviewing books and knowledge of his educators, leaving no time for his family or extracurricular activities: A primary reason for my success in the classroom was that I couldn’t forget that schooling was changing me and separating me from the life I enjoyed before becoming a student. In this quote, Rodriguez feels that the main reason why he has become so successful in his education is by reminding himself that his schooling was actually allowing him to broaden and expand his mind of knowledge, which in turn was separating him from the life he had before engaging the desire of becoming a student. The drawbacks Rodriguez had such as, not being able to spend time with his family and missing out on family events and activities, left him drifted from his own parents. Rodriguez also felt that his parents were holding him back and not as bright of a scholar as he: I was the one who came home and corrected the “simple” grammatical mistakes of our parents. (“Two negatives make a positive.”)… I was oddly annoyed when I was unable to get parental help with a homework assignment.
Parents are always telling children that books and reading are good for them, but have they ever really thought about why that's true? Exactly what do older children get out of reading novels? What do younger kids get from being read to? Does reading matter? I've to say that, yes, it's true, reading really is important, and that there are some solid reasons why that is so.
One of the most interesting reoccurring topics in the story is Rodriguez’s relationship with his parents. At first, his parents did not understand why he was so fascinated with knowledge (found in his books) “But at home I would hear my mother wondering ‘what do you see in your books?’…”(Pg. 26) as his parents started as poor, working class immigrants. His father especially misunderstood Rodriguez’s yearning for education “College! He snarled.
He soon realizes that his diverse group of poor students is embroiled in a careless and aggressive attitude toward any authority figure. Without the positive support of family members and low academic expectations from school administrators and teachers, Mr. Clark tries to teach rules and high social and academic expectations. One of the rules is that the class is a family and no one is quitting on each other as long as they have respect for each other. He tries to show them that learning can be fun when they cooperate with each other. As the students read books and did their homework, they began to recognize the value of school.
Most students see homework as a burden VIII. 7hrs of learning at school is enough extra time spend doing homework after school hours where students should be relaxing and rewinding, builds on stress. IX. Homework prevents students to have a balanced and well rounded lifestyle not just a pure academic life X. The amount of stress homework causes kids is ridiculous, especially when they're already under so much pressure to get into a good college and do well in school, along with making friends and staying active.
Mr. Keating’s way of teaching brings out the uniqueness of the pupils, but the other teachers, bound by traditions and discipline, do not like his way of teaching. The students however find a yearbook where it says that Mr. Keating was a member of a group called Dead Poets Society. Together they reform the group and begin to “seize the day”. For instance Neil begins to act and a fellow student, Knox, starts to see a girl he likes. In an English class, Mr. Keating reveals Todd’s poetic skills, which Todd wasn’t aware of.
Welty said, “Neither of my parents had come from homes that could afford to buy many books, but though it must have been something of a strain on his salary, as the youngest officer in a young insurance company, my father was all the while carefully selecting and ordering away for what he and Mother though we children should grow up with.”(Welty, 391) I remember my father giving me his old Hardy Boys books when I was about eight years old. His words are still in my head,“These were my favorite books as a kid and I want you to enjoy them as I did when I was seven. These books kept me out of trouble,” he laughed. At first I was not really into the Hardy Boys, but since my father loved them I wanted to enjoy them like he did. “My father loved books, and since I loved my father with an aching devotion, I decided to love books as well.”(Alexie, 397) Parents want their children to succeed in life and they know without literacy the world would be a tough place.
This affects the child in a personal matter that pertains to self and giving a sense of accomplishment and confidence right as they start off learning. There are other key components such as intellect. Generally, every child’s brain gives itself time and space to learn. But for a child that has already been reading, the brain has developed earlier and can have more room for more information in terms of learning later on, and this includes other classes such as math and social studies that all require the basics of reading. However, the benefits of reading to children come a long way, whether it is a teacher reading in a classroom setting or having a parent reading a bedtime story; reading to children impacts a social, intellectual, personal and spiritual growth that becomes a beneficial factor to a child’s development process.
Superman and Me In this essay, “Superman and Me,” Sherman Alexie explains his life as a poor Indian boy who inherited the passion to read from his father and how the typical “stupid” Indian kid became very successful by teaching himself to read. All of his accomplishments back up his thesis, when he states, “I refused to fail. I was smart. I was arrogant. I was lucky.” The main highlighted purpose I observed in this story was the use of expression as well as comparison and contrast and a second pattern of illustration to describe how he became such a great writer in his life.