Jacquelyn Blain

Conventions

In my understanding, some of the main conventions of the education narrative genre are a personal experience or perspective based on your frame of reference and the understanding of that story/topic done through your/the reader’s own experiences. With that in mind, a place to start my education narrative can be either a story on my heritage and background or what I’ve seen and lived during my time in school. Some questions I guess I have is whether or not we have to make it solely based on our schooling experience and how we were taught, or if we could talk about other things such as identity to us like in the “Mexican American Disambiguation” poem by Idris Goodwin, and how that relates to our learning. For my educational experience, I can start from high school. The shift from middle school to high school to me was pretty big at first. All my life up until that point, I had shared every class with the same people I had from other classes. Going into high school, you have different people in every class, and depending on where you get placed that can severely affect how you learn, especially coming in as a freshman. To add to that, I didn’t have most of my friends from my middle school go to this high school. Learning through this Covid situation is also very formative in what I was taught and how that affected my education today. From my junior year in high school to my freshman year in college now I’ve had to go completely remote, taking away not only an important factor on how teachers can help/teach us but also how we’ve had to make social interactions with friends and classmates.

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  1. Jacquelyn Blain

    I don’t think you can go wrong with any of those starting points. That said, it’s best to stick with a single experience, or your perspective on education as a whole (with examples from your own experiences), or your experience with language like the poem. Either is fine. The idea really is focus, to tell us a story, get us engaged, relate to us as people who have gone through our own education experiences.

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