Keeping Writing Relevant

Keeping Writing Relevant

Through staff development, writing workshops, and online articles, the importance of keeping assignments relevant to student life has been a constant theme. The idea sounds logical and quite simple, however, sometimes it is easier said than done.

Through staff development, writing workshops, and online articles, the importance of keeping assignments relevant to student life has been a constant theme. The idea sounds logical and quite simple, however, sometimes it is easier said than done. ... read more

Learn About Your Students: Building Teacher-Student Relationships Through Blogging

Learn About Your Students: Building Teacher-Student Relationships Through Blogging

The classroom is a space where we – teachers and students – are able to constantly engage in conversation. Through these daily classroom interactions, we continuously learn about our students. But some students are not as comfortable opening up to teachers and sharing their ideas in the company of classmates.

The classroom is a space where we - teachers and students - are able to constantly engage in conversation. Through these daily classroom interactions, we continuously learn about our students. But some students are not as comfortable opening up to teachers and sharing their ideas in the company of classmates. ... read more

Students Choose the Lesson

Students Choose the Lesson

In addition to our regular reflections and project posts, we’ve dedicated one period per week for the purpose of writing a narrative on Kidblog for publication. Inspired by the different writing styles published authors shared, students started writing a story in the manner they wanted. The last several weeks have been inspiring – the kids are amazing.

In addition to our regular reflections and project posts, we’ve dedicated one period per week for the purpose of writing a narrative on Kidblog for publication. Inspired by the different writing styles published authors shared, students started writing a story in the manner they wanted. The last several weeks have been inspiring - the kids are amazing.... read more

Foreign Language Blogging: The Way to Express Yourself Freely

Foreign Language Blogging: The Way to Express Yourself Freely

Throughout the twenty-some years I have been teaching, I have continued to seek new, engaging ways for my students to practice their foreign language skills. I want students to work on their reading, writing, speaking and listening skills and develop confidence using the language in the process.

Throughout the twenty-some years I have been teaching, I have continued to seek new, engaging ways for my students to practice their foreign language skills. I want students to work on their reading, writing, speaking and listening skills and develop confidence using the language in the process.... read more

Why I Don’t Grade My Students’ Blogs

Why I Don’t Grade My Students’ Blogs

All that writing and you don’t have a single grade? This discussion came up in the faculty lunch room last week. Should we be grading student blogs? It seems silly to have students spend so much time on writing, then not grade it. But after much consideration, I realized it all goes back to your purpose.

All that writing and you don’t have a single grade? This discussion came up in the faculty lunch room last week. Should we be grading student blogs? It seems silly to have students spend so much time on writing, then not grade it. But after much consideration, I realized it all goes back to your purpose. ... read more

Blogging for Differentiation

Blogging for Differentiation

I can remember hearing the word differentiation during my college education classes and thinking that the word alone sounded daunting. Little did I know how truly daunting it would become when actually faced with a room full of students with different needs, capabilities, strengths and weaknesses.

I can remember hearing the word differentiation during my college education classes and thinking that the word alone sounded daunting. Little did I know how truly daunting it would become when actually faced with a room full of students with different needs, capabilities, strengths and weaknesses.... read more