This was our son's first CTY (or other online) course, and so we weren't sure quite what to expect. But it was a very positive experience, thanks to the thoughtful course design, the instructor's encouragement, and the gradual interaction among the students.
I would definitely recommend this course to other students since it introduces a new way to critical thinking and writing. It was really fun and interesting to discuss the books with other kids.
What I love about this class so far is how you can take what a child loves about a story, and help them see - while they're really listening - that the story is so much more than what is already written down. Oh, and that writing about the stories you love can be satisfying when you learn how to write what you really think.-
It is a great way to read books and improve writing. I love reading and I need more tips on writing essays and things like that.
As I read my daughter's writing, I really feel it has evolved (positively) since her writing during this past seventh grade year. She had been challenged by her English teacher to be more thorough providing evidence and facts to support her assertions, and it is great to see her working on this element.
I really liked how we collaborated with other students and discussed a question with each of them and posted our own opinions.
Not having grades makes this writing experience much better for my student; he loves the comments without the associated judgment of a grade.
The course and the feedback exceeded our expectations. Very thoughtful responses that led us to great conversations.
"My son truly enjoyed this class. His teacher wasfabulous and always available with answers andgreat feedback. Thumbs up!"