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

Find Your Space

Find Your Space

When I went to check my email one evening, I had a note from one of my 6th graders, asking me if she could post her own personal story onto Bulldog Blogs. And then it hit me, a journal blog. It was genius! As much as I love inspiring my students, I love it even more when they inspire me.

When I went to check my email one evening, I had a note from one of my 6th graders, asking me if she could post her own personal story onto Bulldog Blogs. And then it hit me, a journal blog. It was genius! As much as I love inspiring my students, I love it even more when they inspire me.... read more

How to Develop Good Digital Citizens

How to Develop Good Digital Citizens

Student blogging and peer commenting is a great way to cultivate good digital citizens. But it all begins with building your classroom community.

Student blogging and peer commenting is a great way to cultivate good digital citizens. But it all begins with building your classroom community.... read more

Students’ Voice and Choice

Students’ Voice and Choice

Students’ voice will only surface after they have had ample experience of choice. It is essential in the 21st century to teach kids how to learn and to think critically about the information they access.

Students’ voice will only surface after they have had ample experience of choice. It is essential in the 21st century to teach kids how to learn and to think critically about the information they access. ... read more