I am bummed I missed out on our synchronous setting. It looks like you had fun.
Mic Check: In a nutshell, I would say the focus of my post for this week is discussion. I focused a lot of my response on Syrnyk’s reflection on bringing humanity to the cold medium of the net. The example assignment/activity I presented also focused on not just the reverse outlining process, but the discussion that needs to be had along with it.
- First of all, I enjoyed Shelli’s PowerPoint/video on her assignment. The specific element that sticks out to me in this video is the importance of her guiding questions. I also ask my students to begin assignments by thinking of as many questions as possible to help them develop their work.
- I also really liked Karla’s discussion of low stakes writing. I realized last semester that a lot of my students feel overwhelmed during our workshops, so splitting it up into smaller, less stressful sections seems like it would be very helpful. I also liked that Karla brings up the idea of intimacy as well because as I mentioned in my post, I love watching the students have intimate discussions about their writing; anything that can facilitate honest conversation, and bonding, sounds good to me.
- The last point I like and want to respond to is Jayne’s discussion of metacognition. The fact that our online students will always have access to their papers could be used to create some fascinating assignments. I’ve always thought the portfolio formatting for a writing class was fascinating, but I also imagine I could ask students to revisit a paper and analyze their earlier work.
Takeaway: Something that I am seeing a lot of that is making me self-conscious, in a way, is how each of you uses different texts. Some of you have previously discussed having students bring in texts to help the class contextualize good/bad writing, while others discussed the importance of modeling. My takeaway: I need to start using more student models. I create examples, and we talk about what makes a given text “strong writing,” but I have always been hesitant to keep a former student’s work to serve as a model, or ask for volunteers from a current class. I think it is because I always disliked this when I was a student, but I need to get over it and try it out.