Authors’ Comments Offer Fame to Students

Authors’ Comments Offer Fame to Students

In our family, when you get your picture in the local paper or you are mentioned in an article, we say you are famous.  There is a satisfaction that comes from being famous, a pride in one’s self that feeds your confidence and self-worth.  In some small way, your head rides a little higher.  

In our family, when you get your picture in the local paper or you are mentioned in an article, we say you are famous.  There is a satisfaction that comes from being famous, a pride in one’s self that feeds your confidence and self-worth.  In some small way, your head rides a little higher.  ... read more

Writing for a Global Audience

Writing for a Global Audience

Pen pals have long been an iconic and treasured part of education. Now with advancement in technology and educators focusing on 21st century learning skills, student blogging is quickly taking the place of the traditional pen pal letter. Through student-blogging sites like Kidblog, students are able to connect with classes from all over the world,

Pen pals have long been an iconic and treasured part of education. Now with advancement in technology and educators focusing on 21st century learning skills, student blogging is quickly taking the place of the traditional pen pal letter. Through student-blogging sites like Kidblog, students are able to connect with classes from all over the world,... read more

Preparing Students for College with Blogging

Preparing Students for College with Blogging

Being an English teacher for 25 years, I assumed that I was adequately preparing my students for college:  reading comprehension – check; writing and revising essays – check; MLA format – check; grammar and mechanics – check.  However, I soon realized that there was more required for class assignments in college than the basic academic

Being an English teacher for 25 years, I assumed that I was adequately preparing my students for college:  reading comprehension – check; writing and revising essays – check; MLA format – check; grammar and mechanics – check.  However, I soon realized that there was more required for class assignments in college than the basic academic... read more

Motivating Student Authors: Harnessing the Power of Comments

Motivating Student Authors: Harnessing the Power of Comments

I soon realized that the topic didn’t matter as much as the audience they were writing for. Kidblog motivates young writers… [t]hey are writing for each other, they are writing for students around the world, and they are writing (and reading!) to connect with other students who have similar interests.

I soon realized that the topic didn’t matter as much as the audience they were writing for. Kidblog motivates young writers... [t]hey are writing for each other, they are writing for students around the world, and they are writing (and reading!) to connect with other students who have similar interests.... read more

Don’t Let the Learning Stop: How to keep students engaged over extended breaks

Don’t Let the Learning Stop: How to keep students engaged over extended breaks

The “Slide” Throughout the school year, extended breaks provide both teachers and students the opportunity to give their mind a chance to reboot. However, learning opportunities do not have to stop while we take a break from the classroom to devote time to family, friends, and relaxation. Without opportunities for active learning during these extended

The “Slide” Throughout the school year, extended breaks provide both teachers and students the opportunity to give their mind a chance to reboot. However, learning opportunities do not have to stop while we take a break from the classroom to devote time to family, friends, and relaxation. Without opportunities for active learning during these extended... read more

Blogging Feedback as a Formula

Blogging Feedback as a Formula

The more often you write, the better you will write. You’ve heard it before, and you’ll invariably hear it again. As an avid writer, I wholeheartedly agree. As a teacher, these often-heard words of wisdom sound much easier in theory than they are in practice. You can have students journal daily, scribbling in handwriting that

The more often you write, the better you will write. You’ve heard it before, and you’ll invariably hear it again. As an avid writer, I wholeheartedly agree. As a teacher, these often-heard words of wisdom sound much easier in theory than they are in practice. You can have students journal daily, scribbling in handwriting that... read more

How to Use Blogging with Project Based Learning

How to Use Blogging with Project Based Learning

Over the past few years, I have looked for more ways—especially creative ways—to use blogging in my classroom. What initially started as a way to have my students practice their writing skills in a digital format (rather than the traditional “Daily Journal” writing), has taken different forms over the past year. Blogging brings students’ work

Over the past few years, I have looked for more ways—especially creative ways—to use blogging in my classroom. What initially started as a way to have my students practice their writing skills in a digital format (rather than the traditional “Daily Journal” writing), has taken different forms over the past year. Blogging brings students’ work... read more