The Editors' Initiative11/22/2005 11:15:00 pm
The scribe post just keeps getting better. As I've said earlier, the scribes have effectively begun the process of writing a textbook for the class. OK, shelf that.
A recent post of Anne's got me thinking about the importance of reflection.
Now put those two ideas together. If they're writing a textbook then it should be vetted for error's or areas where the material is not adequately covered. It would be a lot of work for me to go back and comment on all the students' earlier posts. Also, I don't think they would go back and edit their work unless they had some powerful motivation to do so.
Hmmm .... how can I get the errors corrected, the content fleshed out where necessary, and minimize the work I have to do .... I also want to motivate the weakest students to learn and do better .... the kids should be working harder than I am .... how can I work smarter, not harder?
On the way home from work it hit me like a ton of bricks! Help me with this folks; take it apart and give me suggestions to make it better ....
The Editors' Initiative
Instead of posting a pre-test reflective comment on your progress in this class you may undertake The Editors' Initiative. Here's how it works:
» Step 1: Scan through the previously posted Scribe Posts on the blog. Find one that has one or more errors.
» Step 2: Discuss the error(s) and what you think the correction(s) should be with me. If I agree with your editorial proposal go to Step 3.
» Step 3: Discuss the editorial change with the author of the post. The author will chose to proceed in one of the following two ways.
|The Editor is briefly allowed administrative privileges on the blog. They will edit the post to make any necessary corrections. They then sign the post at the bottom:
Edited by: [name] on [date]
|The author will edit the post in consultation with the editor who will vet the author's changes until they are correct. The author then signs the post at the bottom:
Consulted editor [editor's name] on [date]
Students may chose to make more than one edit. Each additional edit will earn them a bonus mark on the next test. Your mark on the previous test determines the maximum number of edits/bonus marks available to you.
Mark on Last Test / Max Edits Allowed
> 90 / 1
80-89 / 2 (1 bonus mark)
70-79 / 3 (2 bonus marks)
60-69 / 4 (3 bonus marks)
50-59 / 5 (4 bonus marks)
40-49 / 6 (5 bonus marks)
30-39 / 7 (6 bonus marks)
20-29 / 8 (7 bonus marks)
10-19 / 9 (8 bonus marks)
0-9 / 10 (9 bonus marks)
You may also assume the role of Content Consultant to earn marks as outlined above. Here's how it works:
» Step 1: Scan through the previously posted Scribe Posts on the blog. Find one that doesn't provide enough detail or leaves out too much information. Decide what additional content should be added.
» Step 2: Discuss the new content you think should be added with me. If I agree with your editorial proposal go to Step 3.
» Step 3: Discuss the editorial change with the author of the post. Together, you will chose to proceed in one of the following two ways.
|The Content Consultant will add a new post to the blog inserted at the appropriate time and date. They then sign the post at the bottom:
Additional Content by: [name] on [date]
|The author will edit the post to include the additional content provided by the consultant. Additional content will appear under a heading "Additional Content". The author then signs the post at the bottom:
Additional Content Provided by [consultant's name] on [date]
Students may chose to make several additional content contributions for bonus marks according to the table above.
In my mind's eye, I imagine the students scouring the blog for errors and, one-by-one, editing them out and building a better textbook.
Whatd'ya think? ;-)