Well, Naomi (and other Sweetland Writing Profs). You have succeeded in brainwashing me. Here I am, sitting in the library determinedly writing various papers until my computer runs out of batteries (currently at 9% – I have been here awhile), and I am writing self-reflective comments! I didn’t even realize what I was doing until I had written a couple and started to rearrange some paragraphs. And then I realized that I have been using reflective commenting quite a bit lately. At work, in my internship, when reviewing friends’ papers … and it’s just so handy!
Seriously. When I look at my life before I knew about reflective commenting (and the “add new comment” function on Word), it’s like those scenes they show in infomercials – you know, black and white, and everyone’s frustrated by the stupidest things. And now everything’s all technicolor and awesome, like Dorothy’s shoes in The Wizard of Oz. A bit dumb? Yeah, but hey. It’s the small things that make life enjoyable.
Before I used commenting on papers, especially if I had to give feedback on something, I would get mixed results. If I gave feedback to them in person, they’d be all like, “Uh, wait. Can you write that down?”. And if I tried to write it down within the body of the paper or by using track changes, they’d be all like, “Uh, now I have to erase all this crap”. But seriously, commenting. Awesome! (Gotta go, my battery is dead, so that means I can leave!)