My worst fear.
My paper is bleeding red ink.
She didn’t like it.
It was my choice.
Write about anything.
Apparently anything but that.
What did you do to my paper?
I gave you a chance to do it over.
You can revise, fix, and return it.
What do you want?
Just tell me!
What should it say?
Your completed assignment without errors.
With YOUR changes, it’s not my work.
Don’t you want to do your BEST work?
But it is no longer MY work.
You must fix the errors before you recopy it.
Final copy written in red ink.
And yes, I used a fountain pen.
It was the 1960s after all . . .
Cursive, a fountain pen and a Big Chief tablet. . .
Writing materials from the 60s!
No way for my final copy to be “red inked” by the teacher!
My third grade solution to a “red inked” paper.
Now I write to explore how writing instruction should look and feel in the 21st century from both a teacher and student perspective. Red ink didn’t make me a better writer in the dark days before Columbus discovered America. It won’t help a writer today either!
Why do you write?
Have you ever had your work “red inked”?
How did that feel?
How did you respond?
Thank you, Betsy, Beth, Dana, Deb, Kathleen, Lisa, Melanie, and Stacey for this weekly forum. Check out the writers, readers and teachers here.