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2011-12-02: Blog Peer Editing

As with our first blog post, the goal is to write something that inspires intelligent commenting. 
In class, we are leaving the topic of careers next week, but if your post stimulates a good comment exchange, you and your classmates will get more out of what we did this week, and you may be more likely to actually do the career preparation we talked about! 

But it's sometimes hard to edit our own writing, to get a sense of how interesting and clear it is to someone else.  Peer editors are very helpful for this purpose.

In our Meyers-Briggs assessments, we learned that two of us are Ts (Thinkers), and five are Fs (Feelers). Also, two of us are Js (Judgers) and five of us are Ps (Perceivers).  Based on this, I've set up the following editing groups to maximize complementarity (differences) on Karen Remington's recommendations:
  • Kali (INFP)with Ethan (INTP) (Thinker/Feeler)
  • Riley (ENFJ) with Christina (INFP) (Perceiver/Judger)
  • Alyssa (ISTJ) with Zachary (ENFP) and Lily (ISFP) (Thinker/Feeler, Perciever/Judger)
Today, sit with your partners (tables on our side of the library) and take turns being the Blogger.

The Bloggers do this:
  1. Publish your Blog Post and make sure your Peer Editor(s) can read it.
  2. Put your post in Edit mode so you can make changes as you go.
  3. Read your blog aloud to your peer editor(s), and note (in bold, or italic) places where you stumble (that's probably where you have bad grammar or the wrong word).
  4. Ask your Peer Editor(s) to give you verbal feedback on each sentence (while you take notes, or make changes on the fly, depending). 

The Peer Editors do this:

In addition to pointing out any spelling/grammar errors (and making sure the Blogger understand what the problem is, rather thank just fixing it without understanding!), ask yourselves whether the blog post meets these standards:

  1. Clear Reference Experience (Introduction): Identify and describe theexperience that inspires this reflection (e.g. discussion topic, online assessment, or resource you found).   Write so that someone who was not in our class could understand it - no "When we did the Meyers Brigs thingy"!
  2. Clear, Interesting, Important Focus (Introduction): Make an "I statement" about thoughts, feelings or values you want to reflect on based on the inspiring experience you referenced. This should not be a long ramble, but rather one clear statement that you can then support with detail.
  3. Elaborate with Detail: Share some experiences, or some online resources, some further thoughts and feelings  to support and extend your focus. The detail is what makes your post interesting and inspires readers to care about it, and comment.
  4. Invite Comment: Ask your readers to comment, with guidance about what kind of feedback you're looking for.  If you don't give guidance, you may get comments that criticize the quality of your writing, rather than answering the question you pose, which is much less fun!
At the end of the feedback circle, change places.  When everyone is done:
  1. Edit your posts based on the feedback received. If you need more time, you may work over the weekend.This assignment will be graded, and worth 25% of your grade in this class, so - WORK WELL!

  2. Email me with a link to your blog post when you're done, and I will provide feedback then.  You can do one more revision before getting graded. .  

  3. Email the class a link to your post when you are ready for their comments, even if you haven't submitted for a grade yet.  That way we can get the conversation started before Monday.

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