My 8th grade students recently finished editorials. Throughout the process, I had told them that these editorials would also serve as their first posts on our class blog. After multiple drafts and a great deal of effort, students have begun to excitedly post their work, eager for feedback. Today, I had students reflect on what they learned about their writing process from the assignment. If people still wonder whether or not their students should be blogging, I offer this comment from a student’s reflection:
“At times in my writing, I felt like giving up, but then I’d remember we were posting on our blogs and I became excited.”
The writing got hard, but she persisted. Why? She knew her voice would be heard. The power of an audience of many.