My first impressions of 11th grade life are very exciting. There are so many emotions that come with being in this grade and having more responsibilities. I am excited to get into projects where we can research and learn to work at an 11th grade caliber. On the other hand I am very nervous that with all of the workload that I have, not just from class and honors, but also from Palomar, clubs, sports, etc. will overwhelm me at times. I need to get acclimated to the organization and work style.
I have been very excited to be exposed to more practice with annotation. It has helped me to analyze the text and react more to what is being said. By close reading and researching claims from the books, I am able to become more interested with the topic and the reading. The only issue that I would have with the way we do these readings is that I would like a bit more time to annotate and understand the readings. I understand that the workload is larger in 11th grade but maybe dividing the reading into a bit every night could help to make it less overwhelming. In this way we could also debrief the next morning and express our feelings about the text. Being able to have conversations is something that I feel is really beneficial to learning (especially to learning history; a subject that can be fairly complex). One of the ways that I am very engaged in humanities is writing. If I can motivate myself to research and write about a very interesting topic, there is little stopping me from putting my best effort into my work.
Overall, I am very anxious to get into it and begin working at an 11th grade level.