- Even adult writers can struggle coming up with ideas for Open Posts.
- Some sites such as Tumblr and Wikis are not as easy for others to post feedback.
- Be mindful of how/when/what you require for posts.
- A discussion of audience & purpose are still invaluable.
- The lessons learned about yourself as a writer and about digital writing matter most for your future students, not the quantity of the posts or comments.
- You will learn so much more about your students than what they can reveal to you in class.
- A mini-lesson on commenting can be helpful.
- A dedicated feedback partner for each student other than the teacher ensures some writing accountability and everyone gets at least two comments.
- Students are scared to go public even the ones who seem confidant in class.
- It takes time to comment on every single student. Be sure to set aside that time each week.
This year is the fall is the first that I have been dedicated to writing weekly. I want to thank Stacey and her team for creating and continuing to host the weekly slice and the March challenge. It is truly your contribution to the world! I want to thank Lee Ann Spillane who challenged me to do this with her in 2012. I also want to thank all of my students and colleagues who have taken the writing plunge. I love every minute of this digital writing learning journey!