Wednesday, July 26, 2006


Is letting (encouraging?!) a student to revise a paper for a better grade being too soft or demonstrating the need for constant work on one's writing? Peter Elbow's "Embracing Contraries" would seem to argue for giving the student more chances.


Blogger Michael Faris said...

I always opt for letting students revise. I want a final grade to reflect the work they can do, not the work they could do at week 4.

Also, shouldn't a student be constantly working to improve? And learning? Doesn't revising a paper (and I don't mean just "touching up") help them learn?

Perhaps also more revising can dispell the notion of a final product... Is writing ever done? Even books that are published get drastically rewritten for 2nd, 3rd, etc. editions.

1:08 PM  
Blogger Sara Jameson said...

I totally agree that work is never done. Was it Robert Frost who said poems are not finished, just abandoned? Maybe this has something to do with the Myers-Briggs personality type "P" which is constantly revising. Former Oregon Poet Laureate William Stafford's book "You Must Revise Your Life" seems to echo this thought. The real problem, as Marieke found out, is that students don't yet understand what we mean by "significant revision" and think that cleaning up grammar is sufficient.

4:33 PM  

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