Hello reader. I have recently been reading Wayne Booth’s essay titled “Boring From Within: The Art of the Freshman Essay”. Within it, I saw many aspects such as the importance of rhetorical purpose, general ideas, and the problems with assignments that have a purpose of correcting the problem of bad grammar. However, the aspect I would like to focus on in this post is the influence of the teacher on student thought and writing.
Think for a minute about a teacher who you think helped you grow the most in your thinking style. Did his or her teaching style encourage ideas? When giving an assignment, did it feel like his or her purpose was forced upon you or was it open to interpretation in your own special way?
Teachers can have a lasting influence on students in many different ways, positive or negative. Depending on how he or she teaches, it may feel like your opinions and thoughts will either be thrown out and disregarded or be received and acknowledged in a welcoming manner. The teacher’s opinion may either be forced on you, or you may be given your own space to develop your own thinking style in a way that is unique.
When the teacher gives you an assignment to write about a certain subject, based on how the teacher has taught the class, you may be wondering what to write about and whether it will be accepted by the teacher or not. While writing, remember that you have a voice that is solely yours and it holds many ideas that possibly no one else has thought of and a perspective that no one has possibly seen through.
Let your own unique voice come out, and you may even surprise the teacher with an idea he or she may not have seen before. Never underestimate the power your voice has.