From set-up to celebration: Blogging resources to get you through the year

From set-up to celebration: Blogging resources to get you through the year

Teachers often choose to jump-start the new year by introducing students and setting expectations. The best way to do this? As the first posts on your class blog! However, it can be intimidating to start something new (for both you, the teacher, and students). Check out these tips to launching a successful class blog. And, if you’re

Teachers often choose to jump-start the new year by introducing students and setting expectations. The best way to do this? As the first posts on your class blog! However, it can be intimidating to start something new (for both you, the teacher, and students). Check out these tips to launching a successful class blog. And, if you’re... read more

Teaching Digital Citizenship in a World of Anonymity

Teaching Digital Citizenship in a World of Anonymity

When I first started blogging with my students, I noticed that bad social media habits had slipped into their published posts: disrespectful comments, texting lingo, and silly graphics that didn’t communicate what they were learning in class.  They felt free to express themselves any way they wanted to, hiding behind the mask of the computer

When I first started blogging with my students, I noticed that bad social media habits had slipped into their published posts: disrespectful comments, texting lingo, and silly graphics that didn’t communicate what they were learning in class.  They felt free to express themselves any way they wanted to, hiding behind the mask of the computer... read more

How to incorporate blogging in any subject area (beyond ELA!)

How to incorporate blogging in any subject area (beyond ELA!)

Reflecting on learning in science blogs will lead to an overall increase in student engagement. Consider this – Students begin to think critically about the content they learn, communicate their ideas through digital media, and make connections between their learning and the world outside the classroom.   Math communication – seems like an oxymoron. However, by

Reflecting on learning in science blogs will lead to an overall increase in student engagement. Consider this – Students begin to think critically about the content they learn, communicate their ideas through digital media, and make connections between their learning and the world outside the classroom.   Math communication – seems like an oxymoron. However, by... read more

Easing The Transition from Paper to Blog

Easing The Transition from Paper to Blog

As the new school year starts, many of us teachers are planning and thinking of what we are going to do.  What do we need to change from last year?  What do we need to do new?  How can we improve what we have always done? And many other questions that have been rattling around in our brains

As the new school year starts, many of us teachers are planning and thinking of what we are going to do.  What do we need to change from last year?  What do we need to do new?  How can we improve what we have always done? And many other questions that have been rattling around in our brains... read more

7 Tips to Get The Most Out of Blogging This Year

7 Tips to Get The Most Out of Blogging This Year

Getting ready for the start of a new school year – new students, new curriculum, and new tools – means teachers have a lot of preparation ahead of them. Whether new to Kidblog or a veteran classroom blogger, these tips will help you get the most out of your class blog this year. 1) There

Getting ready for the start of a new school year – new students, new curriculum, and new tools – means teachers have a lot of preparation ahead of them. Whether new to Kidblog or a veteran classroom blogger, these tips will help you get the most out of your class blog this year. 1) There... read more

Using Student Introductions to Present Blogging to Your Students

Using Student Introductions to Present Blogging to Your Students

Looking for a simple assignment to use early in the year?  This assignment achieves several goals early in the year. It introduces student writers to their classmates using the 5 step Writing Process and introduces the class blog. Creating student introductions is one of the first assignments that we post on Kidblog. About the second

Looking for a simple assignment to use early in the year?  This assignment achieves several goals early in the year. It introduces student writers to their classmates using the 5 step Writing Process and introduces the class blog. Creating student introductions is one of the first assignments that we post on Kidblog. About the second... read more

Creative Writing and Blogging

Creative Writing and Blogging

If your students are anything like mine, they are always asking, no, begging, for more creative writing. I turned to blogging to provide both my seventh and eighth grade students more opportunities to write creatively with an audience of their peers. There are plenty of my students who do not need a prompt to get

If your students are anything like mine, they are always asking, no, begging, for more creative writing. I turned to blogging to provide both my seventh and eighth grade students more opportunities to write creatively with an audience of their peers. There are plenty of my students who do not need a prompt to get... read more