‘Speed Dating’ Peer-Review Writing Workshops
November 3, 2011, 11:00 am[....]
The format is pretty simple, though it requires some preparation and classroom reorganization. Here’s what I do to set up the workshop:
- I ask students to bring a printed copy of their introductions to class. Because this exercise requires students to move frequently (more on that shortly), laptops can be unwieldy.
- I arrive at the classroom at least ten minutes prior to the start of class. I move the chairs (and, if the room has them, tables) so that there are two concentric rings of chairs. The chairs in the inner ring should face the chairs in the outer ring. When students arrive I make sure they sit in the rings.
- I also bring some music to class—a song that plays for approximately 4 minutes. I usually plug my iPhone into the classroom sound system (if there is one), but you could just as easily bring in a portable music player or some laptop speakers.
- I ask students to get out their printed introductions, one piece of paper, and a pen or pencil.
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