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SGarza: CalebsResponseToWiki

After reading the Wiki article, I think what most stood out to me was the section on the Wiki as a tool of composition theory.

Three assertions were made in this section: "writing is messy", "writing is a socially collaborative act", and "Wiki technology is a tool that enables writers to get into the mess and the social nature of writing." I would have to say that I definitely agree with all three of these assertions. Everything about writing is collaborative, messy, and in many cases chaotic. When the human brain is working that hard to create some form of meaning, it can't help but get complicated, which is why I enjoyed Donald Murray's quote even more: "Instead of teaching finished writing, we should teach unfinished writing, and glory in its unfinishedness. We work with language in action" (4). With increased focus payed to the writing process, what better way to view and participate in this process than group collaboration on Wiki. Students can share their ideas, receive feedback from others, give feedback to others, and create a hodgepodge of community writing and ideas, which help give writers more clarity as they try to address the concerns of their topics/issues/interests. I agree with Murray, students need to see the chaos of writing to truely understand it. When composition teachers on focus on the finished product, they make writing seems so clean and focused, where students can follow the correct equation for success; however, as a writer, I know that this method is more than just false information, it's downright perjury. The chaos must be there. When it is there, students not only better understand the writing process, they also relate to it better.

I thought this Wiki reading was great, as it really outlined just how pivotal Wikis can be for teaching writing as collaboration and process as opposed to product. Though Wiki groups can sometimes fall through, for the most part (based on my own experiences), they generally offer a great tool for group discussion, where students can work out issues without being under the shadow of the instructor. Wikis really bring the whole democratic, free-thinking, collaborative idea of English to the forefront of study, which as a free thinker I like. Hell that's why I became an English major to begin with?

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