Last night, I spent several brutal hours grading papers. They were rough, not exactly what I was expecting. I am not placing blame on anyone but myself here. Something in the last few weeks just didn’t click with the students, and this definitely reflected in their writing.
So, today I decided to show a few Youtube videos to try and show what we needed to do. First, I used the following treadmill fail video and likened them to our current essays. The essays were a total wreck.
After watching the video, I explained to students that there were several similar characteristics between the guy on the treadmill and their essays. This was not all negative either. I really tried to keep the conversation light. We talked about how failure is not a bad thing. It is how we learn. If we all wrote great all the time, I wouldn’t have a job, and they wouldn’t have to suffer through my English class!
Then I showed them the following video and explained that this is how I wanted their writing to look.
Their essays needed extra time and planning to get better. The writing needed to flow well. Doing this successfully was going to take some practice. An essay, I explained, just doesn’t happen. Writing takes some serious thought and each word is placed on the page for a reason.
Overall, I think the lesson was success. The students received the message well. Now I am hoping that the message will have transferred to their writing.