With our first draft behind us, I was really thankful yesterday for the time carved out in the schedule to discuss our stories with our mentors.
Robin Phillips, Reynolds Center's Web Managing Editor,gave each of us feedback.
However, she did not offer general, ambiguous comments or suggestions. Her feedback was immediate and specific. As a writer, I became aware of over-used patterns and areas where I needed to offer more information to my reader. We discussed not only the flow and organization of the piece, but even touched on word choice and AP style.
I am reminded that when I work with my students there is no value in making the edits and returning the paper for corrections. Conversations need to be had. Feedback needs to be specific. And, it must be offered in a timely manner.
Thanks to Robin for giving of her time.
Vista Ridge High School
Cedar Park, Texas