28 Mar Slice of Life: Is There Ever a Time to Value Product? #SOL18
I didn’t have jitters or second thoughts as I walked down the aisle on my wedding day. I am typically pretty decisive in most aspects of my life. There has only been one time when I truly experienced the urge to bolt –
– and it is happening once again. It is T-minus 1 day.
There is nothing more humbling than putting your thoughts into the world in the form of a book. Blogging, tweeting, pinning, emailing, presenting, and even slicing for 31 days are all transient. You can delete, change, revise and even hope participants will forget. A book is permanent.
Every time someone asks us a question we find ourselves panicked – Did we put that in the book? When we think through how we worded something we worry – Is our language inclusive? When we read blog posts and books from colleagues we fear –Did we remember to acknowledge them in the book? As we reread our posts and presentations we doubt – Did we include that information? As we read and discuss opinions in our profession we distress – Did we address that topic thoughtfully? When we have these thoughts about our digital writing, we never worry. We simply log on, edit, or even delete!
I pride myself on being a lifelong learner. Sometimes, having my thoughts in print feels static and fixed. I change my thinking all the time – when I go public with a book it feels more vulnerable. As a blogging community of writers – slicers – each of us has been going digitally public for 28 days. I must admit, I don’t have the same jitters when I hit publish on my blog. My digital writing feels more personal – I write for me – rather than for my audience. I know you are all out there and I love reading your responses, but when I sit down to write my true purpose is personal.
Having these two types of writing going public at the same time this month has really highlighted the difference for me as a writer. It makes me think more about the publication stage of the writing process with our students. I don’t think I give this stage enough thought. I never want to slow down the drafting process or value product over process, so I don’t really talk with teachers about how to publish student work. I always recommend students “go public” with their writing by sharing it with an authentic audience, but typically students read it aloud and it is in draft form.
As I am personally going through this final stage of the writing process right now, it makes me think more about the role of publishing writing in a fully edited form. It is a part of the writing process and I wonder if it is important for students to experience it more often. I want to think more about the difference between draft and final publishing. I want to consider more deeply the pros and cons of taking the time to formally publish student writing. How does it feel for students to take their writing through the final step? Is it worth the time it takes? How often should we do this in elementary classrooms? How do we give our young students this same experience without taking up too much time or valuing product over process? I am not sure I have any answers, but I know I want to give it some more thought.
Thank you to Stacey, Betsy, Beth, Kathleen, Deb, Melanie, and Lanny for creating this community and providing this space for teachers and others to share their stories every day in March and on Tuesdays throughout the year.