7 Tips to Get The Most Out of Blogging This Year

7 Tips to Get The Most Out of Blogging This Year

Getting ready for the start of a new school year – new students, new curriculum, and new tools – means teachers have a lot of preparation ahead of them. Whether new to Kidblog or a veteran classroom blogger, these tips will help you get the most out of your class blog this year. 1) There

Getting ready for the start of a new school year – new students, new curriculum, and new tools – means teachers have a lot of preparation ahead of them. Whether new to Kidblog or a veteran classroom blogger, these tips will help you get the most out of your class blog this year. 1) There... read more

Using Student Introductions to Present Blogging to Your Students

Using Student Introductions to Present Blogging to Your Students

Looking for a simple assignment to use early in the year?  This assignment achieves several goals early in the year. It introduces student writers to their classmates using the 5 step Writing Process and introduces the class blog. Creating student introductions is one of the first assignments that we post on Kidblog. About the second

Looking for a simple assignment to use early in the year?  This assignment achieves several goals early in the year. It introduces student writers to their classmates using the 5 step Writing Process and introduces the class blog. Creating student introductions is one of the first assignments that we post on Kidblog. About the second... read more

Creative Writing and Blogging

Creative Writing and Blogging

If your students are anything like mine, they are always asking, no, begging, for more creative writing. I turned to blogging to provide both my seventh and eighth grade students more opportunities to write creatively with an audience of their peers. There are plenty of my students who do not need a prompt to get

If your students are anything like mine, they are always asking, no, begging, for more creative writing. I turned to blogging to provide both my seventh and eighth grade students more opportunities to write creatively with an audience of their peers. There are plenty of my students who do not need a prompt to get... read more

Failing: Changing the context through blogging

Failing: Changing the context through blogging

The word ‘fail’ brings out many emotions in students (and adults!), and most of them are not positive.  Many of us, as educators, have heard students comment, “I hope I don’t fail.” or, “I’m not going to try it because I am worried I will fail.” In any classroom environment, but especially a STEM environment,

The word ‘fail’ brings out many emotions in students (and adults!), and most of them are not positive.  Many of us, as educators, have heard students comment, “I hope I don’t fail.” or, “I’m not going to try it because I am worried I will fail.” In any classroom environment, but especially a STEM environment,... read more

Kidblog Spotlight On: Mary Brown

Kidblog Spotlight On: Mary Brown

Year 5 and 6 teacher, Mary Brown, has been blogging in her New Zealand classroom for four years. Her students’ confidence in their writing has increased and they have even started setting and completing their own blogging challenges. What motivated you to start blogging with your students? Blogging looked like a highly exciting way to motivate students

Year 5 and 6 teacher, Mary Brown, has been blogging in her New Zealand classroom for four years. Her students’ confidence in their writing has increased and they have even started setting and completing their own blogging challenges. What motivated you to start blogging with your students? Blogging looked like a highly exciting way to motivate students... read more

Jump-start the New School Year Blogging: Biography blogs

Jump-start the New School Year Blogging: Biography blogs

Start of School Waxed floors Buzzing of Voices Lockers clanging Bells ringing “Do we have assigned seats?” “Do we need notebooks today?” “What’s for lunch?” “Jason? Here. Becky? Here.” When the start of school is just around the corner I begin thinking about how I want to start off my year to help build an

Start of School Waxed floors Buzzing of Voices Lockers clanging Bells ringing “Do we have assigned seats?” “Do we need notebooks today?” “What’s for lunch?” “Jason? Here. Becky? Here.” When the start of school is just around the corner I begin thinking about how I want to start off my year to help build an... read more

Interdisciplinary Blogging

Interdisciplinary Blogging

The ability to connect content from one subject matter to another is essential to authenticate the learning experience for students. Sometimes, this can be very difficult to do, especially if you don’t have cross-curricular planning time as a part of your teaching schedule. Unfortunately, as a Journalism teacher, I do not have this planning time

The ability to connect content from one subject matter to another is essential to authenticate the learning experience for students. Sometimes, this can be very difficult to do, especially if you don’t have cross-curricular planning time as a part of your teaching schedule. Unfortunately, as a Journalism teacher, I do not have this planning time... read more