In my creative writing class, led by Ms. Margaret Peskov, we learn in layers, building skill on top of skill in order to produce not only our best writing but our best selves as well. Each day we are introduced to a new creative journal, allowing us to test what we think our limits are and grow as people. These assignments can range from psychological, such as a journal reflecting on our survival skills as teenagers facing the world, to historical, as when we wrote about the famous photograph of World War II, The Kiss.
These formative assignments are meant to test our own mental capabilities and expand them beyond the boundaries of the ordinary. My teacher, Ms. Peskov, uses the formative assignments as an opportunity to feel out our comprehension of each mechanic writing has to offer, from vocabulary to sentence structure to putting emotional meaning behind your words. From there, we build upwards into story arcs, conclusions, character development and the process of completing written work.
As an innovative school, Wasatch Academy prides itself on its ability to cater to the individual needs of its students in an effective and overall stimulating way. As a student who has struggled with both mental illness and learning disabilities in the past, I love the freedom of education that is offered at Wasatch Academy. The educational structure is built in such a way as to guarantee understanding by all, regardless of differences. Using the formative and summative process, Wasatch students are able to build off of what they already know to reach their goals for the future.
By working as equals, the teachers and students develop a deeper understanding of the subject matter and are able to apply it to everyday aspects of life and their potential future. I feel comfortable opening up about my weaker areas to my teachers and classmates and find that even the most challenging areas, such as writer’s block, can be overcome with patience and passion.