Writing for an Authentic Audience: Tips to getting parents involved with your class blogs

Writing for an Authentic Audience: Tips to getting parents involved with your class blogs

“How do I edit?” That was music to my ears. I had just finished explaining that students and teachers from all over the world would be able to view our blog posts. This was major news to a classroom full of second graders. Suddenly, they felt their writing mattered, not only to the teacher.

“How do I edit?” That was music to my ears. I had just finished explaining that students and teachers from all over the world would be able to view our blog posts. This was major news to a classroom full of second graders. Suddenly, they felt their writing mattered, not only to the teacher.... read more

Give a Voice to the Quiet Student

Give a Voice to the Quiet Student

As a teacher of over 100 students, it can be difficult to provide the individualized attention that each student deserves within fifty-minute periods. This can be even more problematic in larger class sizes of 20-30 students. In a large class, a majority of my energy is spent with two categories of students: the ones that

As a teacher of over 100 students, it can be difficult to provide the individualized attention that each student deserves within fifty-minute periods. This can be even more problematic in larger class sizes of 20-30 students. In a large class, a majority of my energy is spent with two categories of students: the ones that... read more

Keep Writing Momentum: How to encourage student blogging over the summer

Keep Writing Momentum: How to encourage student blogging over the summer

The school year is quickly coming to an end, and I don’t know about you, but I am going to miss my kids.  I will especially miss reading their unique stories in our Kidblog class. The last day of school does not have to be the end for blogging.  The internet stays open and so

The school year is quickly coming to an end, and I don’t know about you, but I am going to miss my kids.  I will especially miss reading their unique stories in our Kidblog class. The last day of school does not have to be the end for blogging.  The internet stays open and so... read more

Building Foreign Language Vocabulary through Blogging

Building Foreign Language Vocabulary through Blogging

Learning a foreign language can prove to be challenging, especially with the continual addition of new vocabulary, verbs, and the different grammar topics involved in language learning. There are a variety of resources available, in traditional paper format as well as digital, to help language learners get that iterative practice that they need in order

Learning a foreign language can prove to be challenging, especially with the continual addition of new vocabulary, verbs, and the different grammar topics involved in language learning. There are a variety of resources available, in traditional paper format as well as digital, to help language learners get that iterative practice that they need in order... read more

4 Ways to Promote Student Writing on Kidblog

4 Ways to Promote Student Writing on Kidblog

We share our stories and poems on Kidblog in my creative writing class about once a week. How do classmates select the stories they will read?  Do they read in the order they appear? Do they only read their friends’ writing?  What appeals to them? Recently, we discussed the power of promotion.  Publishers know how

We share our stories and poems on Kidblog in my creative writing class about once a week. How do classmates select the stories they will read?  Do they read in the order they appear? Do they only read their friends’ writing?  What appeals to them? Recently, we discussed the power of promotion.  Publishers know how... read more

Moving Literature Discussions Online

Moving Literature Discussions Online

One of the many benefits of using blogging in the classroom, particularly if you have multiple students in different buildings studying the same material, is being able to bring students together virtually to share in literature discussions. Traveling teachers who struggle to hold literature discussions with small numbers of students of a certain educational population, such as gifted students

One of the many benefits of using blogging in the classroom, particularly if you have multiple students in different buildings studying the same material, is being able to bring students together virtually to share in literature discussions. Traveling teachers who struggle to hold literature discussions with small numbers of students of a certain educational population, such as gifted students... read more

How to Encourage Constructive Commenting

How to Encourage Constructive Commenting

“Great Job!👍😍” “I really liked your writing!👏❤️” “Awesome!!!!💛 💚 💙 💜” Flashback: year one. Yes, the first days my middle school students began blogging and commenting on each others work in the classroom looked like colorful skittles on the page. The comments were a combination of emoji icons and short, clipped phrases of “nice job”

“Great Job!👍😍” “I really liked your writing!👏❤️” “Awesome!!!!💛 💚 💙 💜” Flashback: year one. Yes, the first days my middle school students began blogging and commenting on each others work in the classroom looked like colorful skittles on the page. The comments were a combination of emoji icons and short, clipped phrases of “nice job”... read more