We all have our own networks, and I’d like to think that anyone can learn something from others. We all have people that we are close to, and we should just be willing to share those connections with that same person.
This is a great point all students should keep in mind. If you want to learn from someone, you have to ask. And if you don’t ask, you can never know enough.
One of the great things about working with fellow teachers at the University of Illinois is that we have great examples of students who are willing to share what they have learned with us. So in the hopes of helping everyone, I want to share some of the connections that I have made with some of my peers.
One of my fellow teachers at the University of Illinois is one of the best teachers I’ve ever had. A few weeks ago he put me through my first writing lesson. After a few hours I had written the entire chapter, and I was pretty proud of myself. As I was writing I realized that I had made an embarrassing typo. He said that I had a huge problem with my spelling, and he helped me correct it.
Now that I know the difference between writing and typing I can write without worrying about my spelling. Sometimes spelling mistakes really hurt. I know I would never have picked up a book by accident, but I just never realized how much I rely on spelling in my writing.
I used to always go to a public library for spelling lessons, but not anymore. The books I used to have there are all either online or in print. I’ve taken courses on writing and grammar and still get a lot of help from the internet. I’ve been told I have a good hand at it, and I believe it.
In high school I was in a class where the teacher said, “If your test scores aren’t good enough for a college, then you’re not good enough.” It sounded like a threat, but I knew I had the potential to become an elite college student. I was able to graduate with a 4.5 GPA, and I never worried about anything but making sure my essays and essays and essays were good enough. I think this is what I learned from the internet.
I actually have a friend who graduated with a 4.5 GPA with no plans on going to college. However, she is now a part-time teacher. She’s not super-popular, but she makes more money than her husband. This is due to a few things: she is on her own in a small town, she has no kids, and she has a good amount of free time.