I've been away from this blog most of the semester because my online time is spent at The Virtual Peace Garden. My students are responding to the course material, their projects, the world, which seems like a formula for a decent course, but some Sunday morning anxiety hit me--I've really abdicated my responsibility to give focused, detailed feedback.
Flash back: I was engaged by my undergraduate classes that used journals or other means of eliciting regular engagement with the material PLUS I was given substantial feedback, including a grade.
This semester, and really whenever I try to use blogs, even if my students write substantial entries (never an easy response to elicit), my own responses are probably less detailed and focused than they would be if I were writing only for that student, writing on his or her journal entry or real response assignment. I do less teaching and more commenting. Doing less teaching can sometimes be a good thing for a variety of reasons, but in this case, with this genre of the journal or response, I'm loosing my faith and perhaps cheating my students--assuming I would actually have constructive feedback to give.
Anybody else wrestling with the paper journal vs. blog dynamics? Anybody else feeling nostalgic?