By day I teach first grade, I don’t teach high school. But I had this thought, could publishing a book be a good assignment for class? Teacher’s rightfully check and grade student writing. But once in the real world waiting for one person to grade us doesn’t really work, especially if you are a writer. Writers, and other creative projects for that matter, are graded on how they are received by hundreds or thousands of readers and fans. Not exactly the same sort of model presented in a classroom where one teacher tells you weather or not your book or writing works. One person left a 3 star review of my book on Amazon saying that the story I wrote was boringly written, and that if I had I taken her class she would given me a C+. Fair enough. But I’m not in her class.
Other people have liked the book, does that make their feedback any less correct or worthy because they may or may not teach a class?
So I didn’t please the reviewer.
But the review got me thinking about grading and gatekeepers. I know, a strange combination.
In the working world, if writing was their job, students could be in a situation where pleasing just one person, i.e. a boss.
But pleasing just one person isn’t where the 21st century is headed. Students will need to know how to relate to hundreds or thousands of different people.
Trying to please many different unknown bosses, i.e. readers, is a much more difficult challenge. How do you know what thousands of people will like and want to read? It maybe easier to please just one person.
Here’s why I think it would be an interesting idea for an assignment.
1. The students are creating.
2. The students are writing.
3. The students should be communiating with others to edit and proof their work.
4. Students should be showing good digital citizenship by marketing their book.
We need to prepare students to relate to large groups of people and not just one person. How can we do that? Thoughts?