Turning an Idea into a Published Piece

Turning an Idea into a Published Piece

At the start of the school year I was keen to let students publish everything they had written, hoping to foster an enjoyment of writing, especially in those who were normally hesitant to write. I would sometimes leave a couple of private comments with editing suggestions on a post prior to publishing their work for

At the start of the school year I was keen to let students publish everything they had written, hoping to foster an enjoyment of writing, especially in those who were normally hesitant to write. I would sometimes leave a couple of private comments with editing suggestions on a post prior to publishing their work for... read more

The March “Slice of Life” Challenge

The March “Slice of Life” Challenge

A “Slice of Life” is small story from your life. Students write a short personal narrative focusing on a single day or moment in their lives. To model what a Slice of Life story should look like, I share my own slice.

A "Slice of Life" is small story from your life. Students write a short personal narrative focusing on a single day or moment in their lives. To model what a Slice of Life story should look like, I share my own slice.... read more

STEM Careers…in Blogging?

STEM Careers…in Blogging?

All students with whom I work were provided with an opportunity to apply for an ‘assistant blogger’ position in our STEM classroom. Two students completed the application, obtained a letter of reference, and were granted an interview.

All students with whom I work were provided with an opportunity to apply for an ‘assistant blogger’ position in our STEM classroom. Two students completed the application, obtained a letter of reference, and were granted an interview.... read more

The Power of Words: A True Super Power

The Power of Words: A True Super Power

Words have influence in our world. They are powerful. Working with children, teens, and young adults to help them create power, as well as, empower others through their words is what makes teachers super-heroic.

Words have influence in our world. They are powerful. Working with children, teens, and young adults to help them create power, as well as, empower others through their words is what makes teachers super-heroic.... read more

Creating Thoughtful Comments

Creating Thoughtful Comments

After spending countless hours commenting on my students’ work and posts on Kidblog, I was eager to read their responses. However, I was disappointed to see that their reflections and comments to me and their peers seemed anything but profound. Instead I was met with comments such as, “I did a good job”, “I like your

After spending countless hours commenting on my students’ work and posts on Kidblog, I was eager to read their responses. However, I was disappointed to see that their reflections and comments to me and their peers seemed anything but profound. Instead I was met with comments such as, “I did a good job”, “I like your... read more

Building a Home Base for Publishing, Peer Review, and Exploring Contest Opportunities

Building a Home Base for Publishing, Peer Review, and Exploring Contest Opportunities

As a teacher I am constantly looking for websites that offer works of young authors to share with my students. I pin these links as posts on my blog, and my students know that part of what their teacher offers on Kidblog goes beyond writing assignments for our class.

As a teacher I am constantly looking for websites that offer works of young authors to share with my students. I pin these links as posts on my blog, and my students know that part of what their teacher offers on Kidblog goes beyond writing assignments for our class. ... read more

Blogging with students in a secondary school setting: Adjusting a vision to allow transformation

Blogging with students in a secondary school setting: Adjusting a vision to allow transformation

I took a step back with this group of students and let the vets orient the newbies to blogging. I will admit to pride as they taught each other how to sign on, explained how the blog helped them and jumped straight into writing blogs for various purposes.

I took a step back with this group of students and let the vets orient the newbies to blogging. I will admit to pride as they taught each other how to sign on, explained how the blog helped them and jumped straight into writing blogs for various purposes.... read more