Students, today, turned in digital versions of the final drafts of their first essay. I’ve been doing some writing along with them, typing along in the exercises I assign when I’m not writing the next steps up on the board. There’s a reason for doing so: I’ve never done the first essay quite like I’m doing it this semester, so I want to try and see if it works, if I can string all the pieces together in the way that I’m asking the students to do. I’m impressed with what I’ve seen so far, but I’m also realizing that — if I’m going to blog with my students — I better write with them, too. So tonight’s project is a new draft of the personal essay I assigned them to write.
If I post a draft, might there be anyone willing to write me a peer response in the next couple days? I think students might enjoy seeing their teacher assigned some revisionary writing.