Sunday, December 04, 2022

A dramatic teaching moment that a student remembered but I forgot

My second story about my first academic-writing class starts when I saw the class's best student a few years later. Teaching essay writing for high-school students, she'd tell them about "what you did to my essay." She was surprised I didn't remember how, in a meeting about one of her essays, I'd crossed out everything but its brilliant final sentence and told her to start with it and revise accordingly. – Today, although I might point out an essay's best moment, I'd never cross out the rest, and I'm sure I only did it with hers because she was an excellent student. But it's a dramatic story about what revision can entail. (Andrew Shields, #111words, 4 December 2022)

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