Educational Blogging # 2

At the beginning of the year, I blogged about the launch of my first classroom blog. The last six months has proven to be a myriad of things; challenging, exciting, stimulating, inspiring,worthwhile, fulfiling, interesting but above all one of the most rewarding things I have done in my teaching career to date.

There is nothing better as a teacher to witness your students become responsible and independent learners who are able to reflect on what and how they learn. I believe that having our class blog has encouraged my students to become thought provoked, interested learners who take pride in their work and thrive on sharing their successes with an authentic audience.

Last week my students and I discussed why we blog and how it helps their learning. This is what we came up with:

It was great to be able to hear their thoughts and ideas on whay blogging is important and discuss the ways it helps their learning.

During Term 2 students in my class participated in a ‘Blog Challenge‘- Students had to try and get as many of their friends and family to comment on our blog as possible. I implemented this challenge as an effort to encourage more of a connection between school and home. It was great to see the enthusiasm of students and many of their family members! With the announcement of our winners last week, my students have already asked if we will be having another challenge during the year.

The next step in my journey will be having some student bloggers. I have about three students in my grade who I think are nearly ready to embark on their own blogging adventure and can’t wait to help them begin. I am sure this will be another learning curve but one that will be rewarding all the same.

Some pictures of students blogging in my class-

Do you blog with your students?

How has blogging improved student learning in your class?

Kathleen Morris has blogged a lot about educational blogging here. If you are thinking about starting a class blog I would highly recommend visiting her site, there is lots of great ideas and advice!

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2 Comments

  1. @ Bec,

    This is my second year blogging with preps (and the Grade 1s) and it’s going very well. I have a core group of regular commenters on the classroom blog and we explore our blog during the week. We’ve also started weekly ‘blog challenges’ that reward students (with our classroom rewards program) for leaving comments responding to specific questions linked to our weekly learning focuses.

    Students love the opportunity to write comments and to read them out to the class on their own – especially my Grade 1s. The quality of their replies has increased over the year and they’re all rather proud of themselves.

    I love the idea of a blog challenge – I hope to do something similar during Term 3 (or maybe Term 4).

    Stef

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