This week we began clas by first examining patterns we found in our first three weeks of blog posts:
You folks were highly critical of each other and yourself! Please understand that when these patterns emerge it is not the fault of the students but of the instructor not laying out clear expectiations.
Next I role played with you showing two different ways of delivering feedback. I could say, "You folks are giving me single parapgraphs like a 6th grader...."
....or I could base my feedback on growth and say, "While you took a postion your writing would be improved with greater organization and eloboration. You can begin by trying to organize your writing in mutltiple paragraphs. As an elaboration technioque make sure to use evidence from the readings."
Which approach do you think research supports in helping students grow as learners and writers?
Next in small groups you did a turn and talk and as a table developed a list of criteria for good blogging. We then combined this list as a class
So here are the final criteria
- Strong organization as evidenced by a central idea, concept, or argument supported by multiple paragraphs, each organized around a central idea. Use of signal worrds and headings.
- Analysis of the readings that uses evidence from the text, combined with personal observations to support your position.
- Voice and Expressions emerge over time to create a clear style for the writer
- Affordances of Multimedia used such as images, links, and movies to enhance your message.
I left the word length requirement off. The 250 words is a suggestion. The correct answer is the exact number you need. Not one more. Not one less.