Giving Students a Voice in Their Learning

Giving Students a Voice in Their Learning

Is your entire year planned out already? Is it the same plan as last year? However loosely we plan things in order to be flexible, how much input do we really allow students?

Is your entire year planned out already? Is it the same plan as last year? However loosely we plan things in order to be flexible, how much input do we really allow students?... read more

3 Ways Student Blogging Helps You Meet The Common Core

3 Ways Student Blogging Helps You Meet The Common Core

If you teach in the United States, you may be required to tie your learning activities to the Commmon Core State Standards. Here are some ways you can include the common core standards with your everyday blogging.

If you teach in the United States, you may be required to tie your learning activities to the Commmon Core State Standards. Here are some ways you can include the common core standards with your everyday blogging.... read more

Digital Citizenship in a BYOD World

Digital Citizenship in a BYOD World

Our school was never known for our utilization of technology. This all changed last year, when our administrators implemented a Bring Your Own Device policy (B.Y.O.D) for our middle school students. This rather radical change was greeted with a variety of emotions from teachers and parents alike.

Our school was never known for our utilization of technology. This all changed last year, when our administrators implemented a Bring Your Own Device policy (B.Y.O.D) for our middle school students. This rather radical change was greeted with a variety of emotions from teachers and parents alike. ... read more

My Favorite New Kidblog Features

My Favorite New Kidblog Features

I could probably conduct a 65 page research study on the effectiveness of Kidblog, but for now, let’s just highlight some of the new features that I am so excited about.

I could probably conduct a 65 page research study on the effectiveness of Kidblog, but for now, let's just highlight some of the new features that I am so excited about.... read more

3 Ways to Use Blogging in ELA

3 Ways to Use Blogging in ELA

We’ve all heard about exciting and different ways to motivate and engage our students. If you’re like me, my first question is always, “how would this look in MY class with MY students?” As a language arts teacher, I am always looking for ways to foster the love of reading and writing in my students. Luckily, in my class with my students, blogging is the answer.

We’ve all heard about exciting and different ways to motivate and engage our students. If you’re like me, my first question is always, “how would this look in MY class with MY students?” As a language arts teacher, I am always looking for ways to foster the love of reading and writing in my students. Luckily, in my class with my students, blogging is the answer.... read more

We’ve Got That “Netiquette” SWAG!

We’ve Got That “Netiquette” SWAG!

Before I really get my class blogging, I like to establish “netiquette.” Netiquette is simply networking with etiquette. Netiquette is etiquette used by writers as they share and express themselves through writing posted on the internet. Oh, if Emily Post would have actually posted!

Before I really get my class blogging, I like to establish “netiquette.” Netiquette is simply networking with etiquette. Netiquette is etiquette used by writers as they share and express themselves through writing posted on the internet. Oh, if Emily Post would have actually posted! ... read more

Is Your Audience Imaginary?

Is Your Audience Imaginary?

I used to think that we could pretend and imagine who our audience might be: write a letter to your grandmother, or write a persuasive essay to the principal. Although this may have helped students to think about word choice, it didn’t do anything to motivate them to do their best work.

I used to think that we could pretend and imagine who our audience might be: write a letter to your grandmother, or write a persuasive essay to the principal. Although this may have helped students to think about word choice, it didn’t do anything to motivate them to do their best work.... read more