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Scribner, Margo
English
Average Rating: 8.4
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Posted Nov. 3, 2009 at 9:21pm
Teaching Style: Mixture
Grading: Average
Availability Outside Class: Good
Homework Load: Average
English 210

Overall Rating: 9.0

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Take this class. Professor Scribner is one of the best professors I have ever had. She is very approachable, jokes with the class, and has a love for the English language. Professor Scribner quickly turned English 210 into my favorite class. Class discussion is always interesting, informative, and surprisingly fun.

For homework, you have a 3 page paper due every Monday, which can be somewhat daunting but the topics are always extremely fun to write on, and a small paragraph due every Wednesday, which is always given a 10/10 as long as you complete it. There is also a quiz every Wednesday on basic concepts.

Professor Scribner grades fairly. If your essay didn't follow the prompt or the guidelines, you will probably get something in the B range. By following her instructions and trying something new, I found I scored much better on my essays.
Posted July 8, 2009 at 12:30pm
Teaching Style: Mainly Discussion
Grading: Average
Availability Outside Class: Average
Homework Load: Average
Core

Overall Rating: 9.0

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Simply the best core prof EVER. As a classics prof, she knows her shit, every single piece of it. First semester's focus is on prompting different brainstorming ways. Second semester's focus is more on essay writing, total 5 essays with an additional essay for extra credit/to replace a lower grade. Classes were filled with creative projects, quotation quizzes once in a while, theatre performances in class and on the stage competiting against other classes, and discussions. Scribner likes to get her students engaged, even brings little treats once in a while like brownies, lableing them as "Sin" while reading Genesis. Great prof, if you could pick core profs, I'd recommend picking her, but since you can't, I guess you're just going to have to cross your fingers or be envious of those who have her!
Posted Nov. 8, 2008 at 9:17am
Teaching Style: Mainly Discussion
Grading: Easy
Availability Outside Class: Good
Homework Load: Average
Core

Overall Rating: 8.0

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Margo is so great. Core was definitely my favorite class freshman year. She always fostered great discussion (which is of course essential to a good Core experience). She would let us discuss some rather off-beat interpretations, at least for a while and as long as we backed up our ideas with the text. She sometimes brought in songs or YouTube videos or food that was related to our reading to share with us. She also had us perform some scenes from the plays we read. Her class was always fun and engaging and the prompts she gave us for papers were (in my opinion) always more interesting than the ones my friends got from their Core professors. Her paper comments were pretty good, though I would say her grading was somewhat more lenient than maybe it should have been.

The final for both semesters was a creative project; we could do basically anything we wanted as long as we could relate it to the text.

Basically, Margo is a great prof, but if you're looking for something really challenging, you might not find it in her.

Posted April 16, 2008 at 6:15pm
Teaching Style: Mainly Discussion
Grading: Average
Availability Outside Class: Good
Homework Load: Average
Core

Overall Rating: 9.0

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I really like Margo. She is very enthusiastic about what she teaches. She is very skilled at creating an interesting discussion in class. She generally does not seem to say a whole lot, but she skillfully adds in other opinions or possibilities when discussion lulls. She is always willing to talk outside of class and is very easy to approach. I feel like she is someone I could always go to for help.
Posted April 20, 2005 at 9:30pm
Teaching Style: Mainly Discussion
Grading: Average
Availability Outside Class: Average
Homework Load: Average
core

Overall Rating: 7.0

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very sweet woman, she gets incredibly excited over the class material. it's actually very cute. the problem is she takes the material so seriously, she thinks you should, too. a bit like a high school teacher with pop quizzes and attendance ranking high. if you aren't talking in class, she'll ask you specific questions.