For the last year, I've required all of my students to create and maintain blogs and write in them twice per week. Some students bemoan the assignment, while others find a new outlet for their voices. But never has this assignment sparked the kind of reaction that it has in one of my Montclair students this semester.
Since I gave the assignment in mid-January, he has uploaded 24 posts and has gone well beyond the assignment's requirements by designing the hell out of the blog itself. In fact, he's turned it into a portfolio for his music and artwork and even asked me why I wasn't following it yet (I just updated my RSS feeds Monday).
I find this incredibly cool. Not only is he finding an outlet to promote his work (which is great since he's in my PR Writing class), but he's also getting tons of experience writing. He told me this week that he'd been meaning to do it for a while, and the assignment just forced him to get going on creating this marketing tool that I hope will become a help to his future career. You can check out his work at http://robinthemeantime.blogspot.com/.