After 5 weeks of testing out the classroom blogging project with my 4 Eng II classes, I thought I'd ask my students to evaluate the process so far.
The questions I asked ranged from asking them how much time they spend each week submitting entries, the value (to them) of having me comment on student entries, the grading/selection process, to the quality of prompts. Fortunately, they are a forthright group of kids...so getting honest feedback was a guarantee.
The range of comments were generally positive (in fact, they seem really invested save for a few -- and actually, I can respect where they're coming from knowing their stories). Certainly positive enough to give me confidence that it will be worth pursuing this project through the rest of the year (with a few minor tweaks to ensure I don't overwhelm my students' workload in the process).
Of the many student evaluations back to me that caught my eye, however, this is the one that has me laughing even hours later. Out of the mouth of babes:
"Personally, I am shocked that a teacher of any sort could think of an interactive homework assignment that involves the Internet."
Let that one sink in for a second.
I think this one pretty sums up EVERYTHING I've spent the last 3+ years wondering about in my previous professional life. Hopefully, however, such a response won't be the norm too far into the future.
Unless we really have a sense of irony.