English 111 with Paul Gasparo
The first day of class I thought this class was going to be an easy A. However, it was not for me. If you have a hard time with computers do not take his class. I was never really good with computers but I managed through the semester.
Mr. Gasparo was extremely honest. He tells you from the beginning what he expects from his students and sticks to his word. I respect him for not calling his students out in front of the class. If something is wrong and he needs to talk to you about it he will mention that he needs to talk to that person after class. If you tend to turn in your papers late he will not accept them. If you don’t turn in the paper on time he still wants you to do the assignment. I understand why he would want his students to do that. He gives you one point for it instead of the zero. If you take his class does not wait until the last minute to do his the papers he assigns. They require research and time.
Extra credit was always a possibility. They were always pretty simple assignment. He would also give us extra credit if we emailed him work that was assigned, such as a power point we presented at the end of the semester. I regret never taking advantage of the extra credit assignment he provided for us.
Personally I did not like some of the reading he wanted us to read but they went along with the lesson plans. If he gave you reading material for homework read the paper and take some notes on what you liked, didn’t like, or any comments. The next class he will ask questions about the paper he wanted the class to read. He did not give us one test which was good, especially for those people that freeze up when a test is placed in front of them.
He showed some videos in the beginning of the semester that I found interesting. They definitely get you thinking and help you with your Argument paper you do at the end of the semester. The Argument paper was the worth the most points.
Unlike the teachers that start with a talking about homework or throwing a pop quiz in the beginning of class, he shows his students a funny video from you tube. If you put effort into the assigned writings, turn everything in on time, and attend his class then you will have no problem passing his class.