Some student reviews of Ted Cleary’s NYC writing class
I can guarantee that the things I have learned these past 5 months are much more
helpful than everything I learned in school this year.
When you read the essays from
a classmate, it inspires and motivates me. Class
is fun and that brings energy into the classroom and helps me stay awake.
You're one of the very
few teachers who helped me catch a tiny spark to build a burning passion.
While spending time interpreting the prompt and quotes, you helped me understand life and the
issues surrounding it to a higher level.
I really enjoyed your class. It was beyond
what I expected . . . I improved in organizing my essays a lot better . . . I started my diary again
because you repeated it a lot. I learned so much in your class.
Thanks for these past 18 weeks. I've
improved a lot and learned much from the mistakes I've made.
The trivia-like questions
you asked us are really enjoyable. They helped in improving my knowledge and I was
able to use the information outside of class. I think your teaching style is effective because you make
jokes and mnemonics to help us remember things and they do help me remember.
The class discussions were enjoyable and amusing.
I believe a class should not be full of lecture and yelling. A good learning environment motivates
students to do better in school. Ted Cleary has successfully accomplished this ideal school
I must say this has been the most interesting class I've ever been a part of.
Keep on motivating students like me—I’m very
lazy, and call on people who you know are totally out of it and put them on the spot…they are only lazy like me.
Group discussion helped
motivate me and bring out ideas. While having group discussions, I felt it helped me put my mind and thoughts
together, even out of writing class. Also helps me in school.
the effort you put into correcting and commenting on the essays very useful. I like how you implement
life stories to keep us focused and lively.
The writing class is unique and interesting. I definitely learned a good deal more in two hours than in any class I've been to.
It definitely meets expectations and I had no problem participating as the class is educational and fun.
I especially like how the class does not focus only on writing as such, and therefore eliminates the monotonous feeling
that I get in most of my classes at school.
how you provide many different examples for a thing when you're explaining it -- makes it sink in more.
I would really like more days when the whole class reads a passage
and then reflects on it. They give me a new perspective in thinking about certain things and have thus
expanded my pool of knowledge to derive my examples in the essays.
Evaluation of the class: I thought it was really fantastic. Mr. Cleary is a great writing teacher. I
felt like my grammar improved by leaps and bounds
during the winter semester. I feel particularly proud of my pronoun-antecedent progress. Huzza!
This class met all my expectations of a writing class, except
I had more fun than I originally thought I would.
I took the class I abhorred writing and essays were terrifying, but now I find writing pleasurable, although I still hate
writing essays in school.
I suggest you keep INSISTING on journal writing—it
is very effective in improving writing. I think I definitely improved in my writing; the journal entries
really helped me, and I am recommending it to my friends in Korea who are beginning to learn English.
The class blew away my expectations of what I thought it would be.
Before this class I never liked writing any essays, since the only essays I would ever write were
about books that were read in English class, all of which bored me because of the teacher’s obsessive focus on symbols,
themes, or characterization, all of which I find to be a waste of time and frankly stupid. However, this
class allowed me to write about interesting and important topics that I care about.
helpful part of the class was all the practice I received in my writing and the comments you made that made the practice even better because it showed me where
I messed up. I feel the class helped my writing ability greatly.
The class helped me in my overall grammar
and essay writing – class time was a pleasurable mixture of work and humor…after a while the teaching becomes
imprinted in our minds and we can still remember and use what we learned for a long time.
I liked all the life issues we talked about, and the jokes. They made the class more entertaining and less monotonous.
This class is fun. I wanna have you again, so tell the office lady to have you teach
the SAT classes, thank you. What I remember most is when you brought in that [statue of a] bird that smelled
like my cousin’s bathroom. I learned a lot about the Senufo hornbill. Your stories are what I remember
the most: educational and funny.
You made the class fun to be in. IN
OTHER PREP SCHOOLS I'VE BEEN TO, THE CLASSES WERE MAAAAAD BORING. Even though this
class was fun, I was able to learn a lotta stuff. I loved how you talked about world issues because you
said it in a way that I would remember.
loved the random bits of info and all the discussions you had with us. The talks and info gave me something
interesting to think about.
Thanks very much for being a great teacher and for making me more comfortable in
my writing. I like writing a lot more than before. I used to be like, “Writing? Boring!”
but now I’m like, “Writing? Fine.”
Muchas gracias for a wonderful semester, Mr. Cleary. I feel
confident about the SATs now.