The same, perhaps, is true for writing papers. While there is great value in editing, revising, and pre-writing, there's also a time when too much time leads to too little work. Today, I'm trying an experiment to fix this called Paper Blitz. Rather than giving students the standard two weeks to write a full length paper, I'm only giving them three days. They'll have one day to plan and prepare in class, two days to type, and the weekend (if needed) to finalize any errors. That's it. It's more of a glorified in-class essay than anything else.
The main reason for this is that I want to show students what they're capable of in a positive sense. Too often students wait until the last minute and write a paper under pressure. I'd like to show them that the same thing is also possible in the first minute. If it truly only takes an evening to write a paper...why not just do it all at once?
That's the game anyway. Here goes Paper Blitz: Day 1