As you may recall, Brianna got a laptop just after Christmas this past year. She has become far more addicted to her computer time than I’ve ever been (yep, Brianna, you read that right — you’re worse than me!). She’s taken to doing as much of her work as she can on the computer, which is fine with me — lots of great typing practice.
She started sending me some of her work via email a while back and it’s been great! For one thing, it saves a lot of paper with her not having to print something out (typing practice, for example) so that I can check it or see that it’s been done. My favorite thing, though, is being able to check her writing assignments. See, Brianna writes well when she wants to, but when it’s not something she wants to do…well, let’s just say that we butt heads because, if you haven’t noticed, I like to write, so my expectations are high.
Taking the face-to-face critique — usually seen as me picking apart her paper, though I really try not to do that — out of the equation seems remove a lot of the…er…drama associated with discussing her papers, as well. I can mark them up in Microsoft Word and offer feedback in my email reply. Then, she can make any changes, again without wasting paper, and send me the final copy.
It may be simplistic, but I’ve been surprised at how well it’s worked for us. Visit Kristin, at We Are THAT Family, for more Works for Me Wednesday tips.