Learning the value of drafting and review can help students to produce their best work
Students usually want to complete tasks as quickly as possible and move on to something else. This is often down to a natural competitive streak, or to a misguided belief that speed equates to intelligence. Another factor is the impact of the internet and computer games, which offer instant gratification and may even be shortening attention spans.
As part of a pilot project in which my school is involved - trialling project-based learning - it was my job to try to work against this desire to finish and move on, and instead to use peer critique in a process of drafting and redrafting to make work the best it could be. The impact has been significant, with students now recognising that the best work comes from multiple drafts that have been carefully critiqued.
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