I basically gave myself their first writing assignment and was able to model for them what I wanted them to do -- take an experience from their lives and relate it to writing -- while getting their feedback and participation in my process. Real life workshopping in action.I think this is a great idea - both giving yourself the same assigment you give your students, and writing in a public space as a model for your students. I think you should read the article. But I also really liked the quote Bud attributed to a colleague of his:
A colleague of mine always thanks her students for "taking a risk for the sake of learning," meaning that they take a chance and face their fears.I think that may be my latest favorite saying (although "Refuse to think for your students" and "It's their education, not ours" are still way up there). I think we need to ask our students, our colleagues, and ourselves to take a risk for the sake of learning. And we need to do it repeatedly.