Putting the ‘T’ in STEM

Putting the ‘T’ in STEM

This year finds me in the midst of a new endeavour: creating a STEM class for 6th graders! My task: create a hands-on program where worksheets are out and technology is in.

This year finds me in the midst of a new endeavour: creating a STEM class for 6th graders! My task: create a hands-on program where worksheets are out and technology is in. ... read more

A Tech Integrationist’s Role in Implementing Kidblog Schoolwide

A Tech Integrationist’s Role in Implementing Kidblog Schoolwide

I began experimenting with student blogging five years ago as a third grade classroom teacher.  Now that I have a few more years of experience under my belt and have transitioned to the role of K-12 Technology Integrationist, I have a few tips for other Tech Integrationists facilitating Kidblog schoolwide.   In working with teachers

I began experimenting with student blogging five years ago as a third grade classroom teacher.  Now that I have a few more years of experience under my belt and have transitioned to the role of K-12 Technology Integrationist, I have a few tips for other Tech Integrationists facilitating Kidblog schoolwide.   In working with teachers... read more

A New Blogger’s Perspective: Getting Started with Kidblog

A New Blogger’s Perspective: Getting Started with Kidblog

We’re all familiar with the power of writing to an authentic audience. It’s the difference between writing robotically for a grade, or writing with a natural voice and a clear purpose. Providing students with the opportunity to share writing with actual people has a substantial impact on motivation—especially for a reluctant writer—and will create risk-takers

We’re all familiar with the power of writing to an authentic audience. It’s the difference between writing robotically for a grade, or writing with a natural voice and a clear purpose. Providing students with the opportunity to share writing with actual people has a substantial impact on motivation—especially for a reluctant writer—and will create risk-takers... read more

How I Increased Students’ Confidence in their Writing

How I Increased Students’ Confidence in their Writing

Envisioning Blogging Blogging in the classroom is praised as a way to publish student work for an authentic audience, motivating students to write with a meaningful purpose. While absolutely true, these benefits may be hard for students to envision. Some students are excited to share their thoughts and ideas with a world beyond their teacher, while others may

Envisioning Blogging Blogging in the classroom is praised as a way to publish student work for an authentic audience, motivating students to write with a meaningful purpose. While absolutely true, these benefits may be hard for students to envision. Some students are excited to share their thoughts and ideas with a world beyond their teacher, while others may... read more

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