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Teaching students to be reflective practitioners and to take responsibility for their own learning is I think, a vital skill. This term my students have been writing choose your own adventure stories and blogging them to the world. I can see no point in setting them this homework task unless they grow as writers as a result. So this week I asked them to reflect on their learning, by giving them a Google form.  Among others, the form included the following questions.

  • How much time and effort are you putting into your choose your own adventure?
  • What do you think your strengths and weaknesses are in this writing task?
  • How could you improve your choose your own adventure?
  • What have you learned so far about the writing process?

The answers have been really interesting and have included the following:

  • I take a lot of pride into my ‘CYOA’ chapters and I spend a lot of time re-reading and editing my work. I would say that I roughly spend around 30 – 45 minutes of work on each of my chapters, plus editing.
  • I put at least 2 hours into writing wring and editing and commenting on blog post.
  • I feel as though I am putting my best effort into the task. Sometimes I have trouble writing, so I challenged myself to try my very best every week.
  • I think that the CYOA has actually helped me to love writing even more. I have actually quite enjoyed it! (to my surprise!) The most valuable think is that writing is a very important part of life and that you can tell a story just through setting a scene in someone`s mind.
  • I have realised that you can never do enough planning, because if you don’t plan you won’t have a properly formed story.
  • I have learnt from this writing that you should include exciting events and not just have it about one person.
    I have learned that you need to think about what your going to write before you go ahead and write it.

Students writing, students reflecting, students learning, , students improving. Who could ask for anything more.

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