Tuesday, August 08, 2006

My progress report

In my prelim earlier this year I got a grade 3 for my writing and a grade 2 for my reading. I'd never struggled in english before so had been expecting more than this. I was quickly running out of time as the final exam drew nearer and nearer. My grades still weren't improving and I was losing faith in myself, so my parents decided to arrange tutoring for me. Once a week, for just a couple of months, a friend and I went to tutuoring with my previous english teacher Mrs McIntosh. She decided that since an hour session every week would probably make very little difference to our grades, we should make a blog and post just a paragraph of a story every night if possible. The plan was that we would build up our story night upon night with Mrs McIntosh giving us guidance and pointers on where we were going wrong and how to improve. My writing began to improve and I started to gain confidence again.

In my standard grade english exam this year I achieved not only an overall 1, but straight 1s in every element of english and it's all thanks to Mrs McIntosh and her fantastic blog idea.

SS

17 comments:

Chris said...

Well done! I think you can take a bit of credit yourself, you know - I always knew you had that Grade 1 in you.

Now - what about that Higher??

Askinstoo said...
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Ewan McIntosh said...

You can't get better than that! To move from a 3 to a 1 is exceptional, especially considering the time you had to get the job done and also considering the area you had to improve in. Writing isn't like one of those subjects where you have to learn 'stuff'. You've done yourself proud. I hope you'll be blogging your Higher, too, now ;-)

Ewan McIntosh said...

Just on the side - you might want to remove the second comment, which is an ad. You can remove this one afterwards, too.

the teens said...

Thanks for your comments! Well I am definitely sitting higher english - so far I am really enjoying the class and I like my teacher too.

SS

Chris said...

I see you've got the message about dealing with comment spam - and enabled the word verification - thus proving to all the doubters in education that students are well able to manage their blolg affairs. Hope you keep posting ....

David said...

Congratulations! Really good news. I hope all your other grades were just as good.

Carol said...

Fantastic. I'm an IT teacher and delighted to hear how you used IT to help you. Well done!

Di said...

Congratulations! I'm sure you'll do just as well in your Higher exam if you keep up the improvements.
Go Teens!

marlyn moffat said...

Well done! The descriptive and detailed style of your writing in your post, tells me that you've got it!
And now you can use it and never lose it! Well done Mrs M.too! What a difference! I have had a similar change with my wee ones. The blog made them want to write and write and write! Oh and the Spellcheck is currently their best friend! As we say in Argyll...."blog on!" The C in the ICT is the crunch. Helps on every level.

Mr W said...

Very well done! I'm an English Teacher who is intending to try and encourage my SG pupils to start their own Blogs this year. Your story is just the inspiration they need!

duffy said...

Superb! Well done and hope that you have done exceptionally well in all your exams - which I'm sure you have.

Yip - she's not just a pink hair-do! Mrs M got me from a 4 to a 1. Now for higher... Keep the progress up.

Jim said...

Hi,

I read about your success on Ewan McIntish's blog. Congratulations! You can be proud of the effort you put forth to earn your high grades. You and you mum can be proud.

Jim W.
Port Huron, MI, USA
http://www.visitmyclass.com/blogs/wenzloff

Chris said...

You may notice if you follow the link to the blog of your last poster (who obviously thinks we're related!) what happens when you don't enable word verification. His comments section is full of advertising spam, which he needs to deal with. A bad advert for blogging, in fact!

David said...

Leaping to Jim's defence...

Jim Wenzloff is one of the good guys... honest. It looks like he doesn't use his Blogger accounts any more - there are only two posts in the one with the four spam comments. I guess he just keeps the Blogger account so he can send comments to people on Blogger. If you go to the one he gave you, http://www.visitmyclass.com/blogs/wenzloff you will see a very interesting blog where the comments are moderated. :-)

Chris said...

Thanks, David - and apologies to Jim if I've misused him in order to make a point. See teachers? Just canny keep their mouths shut ....

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