Monday, February 2, 2009

Friends don't let friends edit friends - It's the law! (or should be)

As writing professors, we're grading student papers all the time.  Although we tell students that our comments shouldn't be taken personally and we take pains to ensure that they can't be read that way, when students get upset, we still act surprised. 

This essay by Professor Rachel Toor from the Chronicle of Higher Education makes clear that sauce for the goose is not always sauce for the gander when it comes to the professoriate's ability to accept constructive criticism from colleagues.

"How to avoid hurt feelings and battered relationships when friends turn to you for a close read" offers practical advice for negotiating the diplomatic and emotional minefield that is the peer-editing process. 

Enjoy!

I am the scholarship dude.

(jbl)

http://lawprofessors.typepad.com/legalwriting/2009/02/friends-dont-le.html

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