When students arrive to the lab on Tuesdays, they know that they're going to have to work. I'm there as a guide, as a resource, as a teacher--but the students are there to do it to it. We've been writing 600-word (minimum) responses every week. And 800-word responses for the longer essay assignments. That's a lot of writing. I dare say it's more writing than I've ever assigned for an ENG102 course. And I'm pretty sure that it's more than they've ever had to write in an English class. This is good.
However, this week I'm trying to focus on grammar issues in their latest set of essays. And I'm lamenting the fact that I need to do this with hard copies. This work is slower and more tedious than it needs to be. One issue, for me, is that I'm not proficient with the "commenting" feature of Microsoft Word. I should learn. Using Facebook doesn't help either, because I'm not able to do anything fancy with their text--or, in any case, treat the Facebook document as I would a document in Word. Should I be using Google Docs for these longer essays? Probably. Should I learn more about Google Docs? Yes. This is my goal (one of many) for next semester.