Using Kidblog for Parent Communication

Using Kidblog for Parent Communication

Parents play a significant role in student achievement. In order to guide student success, ​it is important to ensure a reliable means of communication with parents has been established.  Teachers want ways to share the news and happenings in the classroom. Regular communication to keep parents informed about upcoming events such as assessments and class

Parents play a significant role in student achievement. In order to guide student success, ​it is important to ensure a reliable means of communication with parents has been established.  Teachers want ways to share the news and happenings in the classroom. Regular communication to keep parents informed about upcoming events such as assessments and class... read more

Expanding Class Reach

Expanding Class Reach

One of the largest benefits of having students create blog posts is the opportunity for them to write for an authentic audience. Writing for an authentic audience allows students to experience more of a sense of ownership for their writing than simply writing for their own teacher can provide. Even having the opportunity to read

One of the largest benefits of having students create blog posts is the opportunity for them to write for an authentic audience. Writing for an authentic audience allows students to experience more of a sense of ownership for their writing than simply writing for their own teacher can provide. Even having the opportunity to read... read more

How Change Can Make Us Better- An Autumn-Inspired Blog Post

How Change Can Make Us Better- An Autumn-Inspired Blog Post

It’s the beginning of October, and we have settled in to another beautiful season, Fall! By now, our students have gotten to know each other better and are adjusting more and more to their schedules and the demands of a new school year. What better opportunity is there to introduce the idea of blogging to

It’s the beginning of October, and we have settled in to another beautiful season, Fall! By now, our students have gotten to know each other better and are adjusting more and more to their schedules and the demands of a new school year. What better opportunity is there to introduce the idea of blogging to... read more

Blogging in a dual-language classroom

Blogging in a dual-language classroom

As a young child, most of us learned to speak our first language, but not before we spent many years listening to those in our life talking.  By the time we hit the age to start schooling, most of us have semi solidified our language.  The first years of school are then adding to that

As a young child, most of us learned to speak our first language, but not before we spent many years listening to those in our life talking.  By the time we hit the age to start schooling, most of us have semi solidified our language.  The first years of school are then adding to that... read more

Back-to-School Blogging Topics

Back-to-School Blogging Topics

The start of the school-year can be a hectic and stressful time for teachers, students, and parents.  Everyone has become accustomed to the summer lifestyle where you have an abundance of free time and a less structured daily life. Getting back into the swing of things at school can be a difficult transition for children

The start of the school-year can be a hectic and stressful time for teachers, students, and parents.  Everyone has become accustomed to the summer lifestyle where you have an abundance of free time and a less structured daily life. Getting back into the swing of things at school can be a difficult transition for children... read more

Encouraging students to publish outside of the classroom

Encouraging students to publish outside of the classroom

“Last night on Kidblog I wrote about……”, “Over the weekend I blogged about my……” Would these be phrases you would like to hear in your classroom? Me too! When we have created a community of writers who take time outside of “assignments” to write then we have had an influence in the literary world. Encouraging

“Last night on Kidblog I wrote about……”, “Over the weekend I blogged about my……” Would these be phrases you would like to hear in your classroom? Me too! When we have created a community of writers who take time outside of “assignments” to write then we have had an influence in the literary world. Encouraging... read more

Setting and following through on goals

Setting and following through on goals

I tell students that my eighth-grade Language Arts class is like an epic novel. Just as in any good story, we open by meeting the characters, understanding the rules of their fictional world, and learning about the problems that will ultimately spin into fully-formed conflict. That early part of the story, the exposition, might last

I tell students that my eighth-grade Language Arts class is like an epic novel. Just as in any good story, we open by meeting the characters, understanding the rules of their fictional world, and learning about the problems that will ultimately spin into fully-formed conflict. That early part of the story, the exposition, might last... read more