Connecting Classrooms Internationally

Connecting Classrooms Internationally

Year after year I chose to stay inside my comfort zone. Once I realized my fears were merely excuses, I made the conscious decision to challenge myself as a teacher. Enter: Blogging.

Year after year I chose to stay inside my comfort zone. Once I realized my fears were merely excuses, I made the conscious decision to challenge myself as a teacher. Enter: Blogging. ... read more

Why Write? Filling empty space with compelling words

Why Write? Filling empty space with compelling words

Men and women climb mountains because they are there. Writers are compelled to put words on paper because they are not there…yet. Kids want to write. They have things to say. They want to tell stories, and comment on important events in their lives or their world. They want to create and be seen to

Men and women climb mountains because they are there. Writers are compelled to put words on paper because they are not there…yet. Kids want to write. They have things to say. They want to tell stories, and comment on important events in their lives or their world. They want to create and be seen to... read more

Five Keys to Blogging with Gifted and Talented Writing Groups

Five Keys to Blogging with Gifted and Talented Writing Groups

Last year, with the support of my principal, I started a new program that focused on enriched writing instruction for sixth grade writers.  Twice a week, students participated in small-group writing workshops and used Kidblog for peer review and digital portfolios.  This year, the program allowed me to follow my “guinea pigs” to seventh grade, and

Last year, with the support of my principal, I started a new program that focused on enriched writing instruction for sixth grade writers.  Twice a week, students participated in small-group writing workshops and used Kidblog for peer review and digital portfolios.  This year, the program allowed me to follow my “guinea pigs” to seventh grade, and... read more

Replacing Journal Writing with Blogging

Replacing Journal Writing with Blogging

The benefits of student journaling are well-known.  Research has documented that journal writing helps enhance student confidence in their writing, provides insight into the lives of the students, and aids in student learning of grammar and usage.  There is a reason why educators everywhere have continued to use this strategy. Journaling must evolve with the times to continue to

The benefits of student journaling are well-known.  Research has documented that journal writing helps enhance student confidence in their writing, provides insight into the lives of the students, and aids in student learning of grammar and usage.  There is a reason why educators everywhere have continued to use this strategy. Journaling must evolve with the times to continue to... read more

Should I Assign Blogging for Homework?

Should I Assign Blogging for Homework?

There is significant debate over whether kids get too much homework. But both sides can probably agree on two things: homework should not stress kids out, and it should facilitate their learning. As a reading and writing teacher, I’ve assigned blogging homework, and I’ve found that it can fit both of these criteria. First, let’s look at

There is significant debate over whether kids get too much homework. But both sides can probably agree on two things: homework should not stress kids out, and it should facilitate their learning. As a reading and writing teacher, I’ve assigned blogging homework, and I’ve found that it can fit both of these criteria. First, let’s look at... read more

How to get Students Writing about the U.S. Election with FANschool

How to get Students Writing about the U.S. Election with FANschool

Do your students wonder why the Electoral College is used to elect the President of the United States? Is there a better way? The U.S. presidential election season is a perfect time to get students writing about how government affects our daily life.

Do your students wonder why the Electoral College is used to elect the President of the United States? Is there a better way? The U.S. presidential election season is a perfect time to get students writing about how government affects our daily life.... read more

From New Bloggers to Published Authors

From New Bloggers to Published Authors

In the beginning of the school year, there are many routines and procedures to be established. The first few weeks of school are often spent getting to know one another, discussing classroom expectations, and becoming familiar with classroom tools and materials. A great way to begin the new year is by taking the opportunity to learn about students within the first few months; their backgrounds, interests, strengths,and learning needs. A great way to help students share these details is through their writing.

In the beginning of the school year, there are many routines and procedures to be established. The first few weeks of school are often spent getting to know one another, discussing classroom expectations, and becoming familiar with classroom tools and materials. A great way to begin the new year is by taking the opportunity to learn about students within the first few months; their backgrounds, interests, strengths,and learning needs. A great way to help students share these details is through their writing.... read more