Have you ever watched one of those cooking competitions on television?... Chopped? Iron Chef? Cupcake Wars? Top Chef? Watching one of those shows gives you a glimpse of what happens "behind the scenes" of a real restaurant--with a bit more drama mixed in, of course.
One thing that sticks out to me when watching the chefs on those shows is that they always taste their food before sending it out to whoever is going to eat and judge it. They might adjust the seasoning, add a bit more sauce, or even wipe the edges of the plate clean!
Isn't that what we want from our young writers when it comes to the editing step of the writing process?
Then I tell students just how similar this is to editing our writing. We might think our story makes perfect sense and is correct in every way, but how do we know for sure unless we taste test our writing--we need to reread it and edit! Does every single word and sentence make sense? How about our capital letters, endmarks, and spelling?