As has been my custom when having students blog for class, I set up a week near the middle of the blog project to have the students conduct a self-audit. The assignment is designed to have the students take a breath and to reflect on what they have done so far, and what they plan on doing the rest of the semester with their blogs. Unsurprisingly, most of the students in any of my classes have not blogged before, and thus the whole process is fairly new. This makes a reflective assignment in the middle a chance to think about what they are learning about the law, their writing, and perhaps themselves as they engage in the class blogging assignment.
While I think this is an incredibly worth-while experience, and the students often agree, it does make for a difficult round-up post every time blog audit week rolls around. I’ll keep this one fairly brief. If you are curious about specifics on the students’ reflections, go check out their posts, and I do recommend doing this as all of these posts are incredibly thoughtful. I’ll touch on the very basics here. For the sake of some organizing principle, I’ll go with alphabetically by first name, because, why not.
Elise, in her audit, reflects on how she has pushed herself with some of her posts, while still focusing on much of the history with various cases, and how history and precedent go a long way towards explaining how the Court reaches many of the decisions that it does.
Erin’s blog audit has her reflecting on the ways in which her blog has focused on affirmative action. That is, the history, the law, the politics, and even some of the future of affirmative action in the United States. She talks about what she has learned about her topic of choice, but also how the process of writing this blog compares to her other experience blogging.
In her blog audit, Grace reflects on what her original plan was and how this has changed over time in the face of so many topic choices for each post. Grace talks about what is consistent throughout her posts, and what has changed over time. She provides critiques of some of her posts, while pointing out strengths in others.
Josh reflects on the conversation that he has established across his posts. He talks about what he has done, and what he hopes to do with his posts moving forward. His reflection sets a nice tone for balancing what he’s done so far and what is yet to come, marking a nice pivot in his blog for this course.
Selma O’s audit has her reflecting on how, and why, she has focused on civil rights, and how these relate in her posts to broader concepts of federalism. Her post demonstrates a high degree of self-reflection and wonderfully captures what has been going on in her superb blog this semester.
We alphabetically come to the end with Taylor’s great reflection on her blog this semester. She demonstrates a mature reflection on what she’s written, and what these topics point out about her own interests and potential future prospects. She indicates that she might potentially be working her way towards career goals through her blog. I feel I should add that Taylor also has several additional posts (one about hate crimes and another about mansplaining), beyond the minimum required, that have not been summarized in these round-ups but are (like the rest of her posts) phenomenal reads. I encourage you, the reader, to check those out as well.