Taking inspiration from Jo(e), I passed out index cards and asked my students to write down one thing they learned in class this semester. These are the anonymous responses I received in the order in which I received them.
I learned how to improve my writing skills. Having to write an essay in under 800 words was a learning experience. I also learned how to do a lot of work without killing myself of collapsing under the pressure.
I learned corn is in EVERYTHING and Omnivore's Dilemma is a terrible book.
I learned how to back up my claims better with good evidence.
I learned sooo much about the food industry because of reading Omnivore's Dilemma. I also learned better writing techniques. The papers we did in this class were actually interesting. I like the freedom of putting a little bit of our own "umph" into our papers.
I learned how to develop a good and coherent thesis statement starting with although.
I learned that it is okay to have a working thesis and that it's okay to not have your thesis in the first paragraph!
I learned how to use Audacity.
Mostly the Audacity part of the class was entertaining and probably actually used in life. Also, that I never want to read that much about corn AGAIN!
I learned how to use technology such as wikis and podcasts that I would never take the time to learn to use on my own. I also learned that corn is BAD!!
How to write a better paper. How to make my papers flow better. A lot out of Writing Analytically.
I think the one thing I will take away from this class that I will value the most is the different types of sentences. I am still very novice when it comes to using commas, but who knows, I may get better. I also learned goat eyes are a delicacy.
I learned that it's not about the quantity of pages you have for a paper as long as you're clear and get your point across.
Not to be corny, but I learned about corn. But seriously, twenty years from now, I will remember the food facts. It was really interesting and really makes people think.
I learned that not procrastinating on my work really pays off.
I learned how to get A LOT of work done in a short period of time without pulling my hair out!! :)
The one thing I learned from this class was that writing about food is a lot harder than it sounds.
I learned how to properly format the front page of an essay in MLA format. I can't believe I've been doing it wrong for so long without being told.