My first annotation was about Rebekah’s short story about her time in school about writing and standardized tests when she was a child. She talks about her time in third grade and how it haunted by the state mandated writing portfolios. After listening talk about her traumatic moments it made me actually go back to my third grade as well which is the age at which new jersey starts the NJ ASK. The NJ ASK is there state mandated test that all students take. they would make us write essays as fast as we could and we would also be tested on reading and mathematics as well. Also she talks about the pressures on the teachers on how they are expected to teach these kids and expect them to be proficient on exams when the curriculum and standards are constantly changing.
The second annotation is where the author talks about pedagogical. I annotated this for two reasons. the first reason is because I don’t know what the word meant at first so I looked it up. The second reason is because I remember seeing this word in my education syllabus and after I looked it up I found out hat pedagogical means the method and process of teaching. She talks about how teaching and assessments took away her passion and joy for writing. I could feel the same for her because when where little up until second grade, school is very enjoyable for the kids because they get to do whatever they feel like when doing work. if they want to read a story about dogs the teacher will find a book about dogs on her reading level. and if another student wants to write about gardening she will allow it. But there is a switch in third grade where we start to have more and more structure and less creativity and some students start to lose their passion and joy for writing and school in general.
My last annotation that I did was the one that talked about the literacy narrative. I started annotating this one because our first semester in English 122 was all about our literacy narrative. We spent a good portion discussing of our semester on discussing what a literacy narrative is and how the literacy narrative can affect us on our lives today. He also says the most common culture narrative in quotes is the conventional success story. In other words most kids write about a positive time in their life where they succeeded and it was positive. Maybe what the author is trying to say is that kids need to be more open about writing the negatives in their life even if they don’t like talking about it.