Often, I work with composition students who ask, "Can I become a better writer?" Most have little belief they can become better writers. What a daunting task. How can a student strengthen her writing if she does not believe it can happen? As a teacher, I must work with students to construct a belief that they can improve as writers. The first few weeks of each semester, then, we read and listen to professional and amateur writers who discuss their own disbeliefs in being able to write well--and what processes they use to work through the disbelief. The common theme shared among these writers? They write. They write through the doubt and past bad experiences. They write over the voices in their heads that say, "you cannot do this." They write and revise and reflect through drafts of bad writing toward a more polished draft of better writing. I hope my students' blogs and digital portfolios will be part of their processes (ones which they will adapt to their personal goals, ways of learning, and writing contexts) of writing through the doubt--to provide them with agency as writers and a liberating belief in their writing abilities. Maybe I should ask my students to blog about whether or not they believe they can become better writers, how they define "better," and what processes they will use in pursuit of this "betterment."
Here I will write, revise, and reflect. Not always in that order.