March as Inspiration

March as Inspiration

A fresh canvas, an empty page, a blank screen; these await inspiration and have boundless potential! Teachers are constantly searching for new activities and writing topics for their students to fill that blank screen or empty page. Look no further. We have found the month of March to hold a wealth of great topics for discussion.

A fresh canvas, an empty page, a blank screen; these await inspiration and have boundless potential! Teachers are constantly searching for new activities and writing topics for their students to fill that blank screen or empty page. Look no further. We have found the month of March to hold a wealth of great topics for discussion.... read more

The Power of Thoughtful Commenting

The Power of Thoughtful Commenting

They have seen how the written word can inspire and motivate others to be the best they can be, or how negative comments can greatly impact a life forever. I am so proud of how my students use their voice to make their world brighter.

They have seen how the written word can inspire and motivate others to be the best they can be, or how negative comments can greatly impact a life forever. I am so proud of how my students use their voice to make their world brighter. ... read more

Student passions: Exploration and reflection through blogging

Student passions: Exploration and reflection through blogging

A few years ago, when I first started to introduce my students to the idea of “blogging,” I was met with a little resistance. Students were wary of the unknowns – what to expect, who would be reading their posts, and what types of posts they would be writing. “Why can’t we just write on

A few years ago, when I first started to introduce my students to the idea of “blogging,” I was met with a little resistance. Students were wary of the unknowns – what to expect, who would be reading their posts, and what types of posts they would be writing. “Why can’t we just write on... read more

Webinar: Connecting with other classrooms: Down the hall, within your district, or around the world

Webinar: Connecting with other classrooms: Down the hall, within your district, or around the world

Second and third grade teacher, Kaitlyn Hileman, shares tips for connecting your Kidblog class with others’ around the world. In this webinar, you will learn: The benefits of connecting with other classrooms How to find classes to connect with in Kidblog How to prepare students to blog for an audience beyond the teacher or classmates

Second and third grade teacher, Kaitlyn Hileman, shares tips for connecting your Kidblog class with others’ around the world. In this webinar, you will learn: The benefits of connecting with other classrooms How to find classes to connect with in Kidblog How to prepare students to blog for an audience beyond the teacher or classmates... read more

Connecting with Parents

Connecting with Parents

It takes a village to raise a child is a proverb which means that it takes an entire community of different people interacting with children in order for them to grow in a safe environment. The villages would look out for the children. This does not mean an entire village is responsible for raising them. When it comes

It takes a village to raise a child is a proverb which means that it takes an entire community of different people interacting with children in order for them to grow in a safe environment. The villages would look out for the children. This does not mean an entire village is responsible for raising them. When it comes... read more

The Tough Stuff

The Tough Stuff

Every year, our school district requires at least 2 hours of online training in suicide awareness and prevention.  I activated the video and half-heartedly listened. I teach elementary kids, so I thought that suicide was a pretty far-fetched possibility.   When opening up blogging to students, we not only open up a platform for creative

Every year, our school district requires at least 2 hours of online training in suicide awareness and prevention.  I activated the video and half-heartedly listened. I teach elementary kids, so I thought that suicide was a pretty far-fetched possibility.   When opening up blogging to students, we not only open up a platform for creative... read more

Using Poetry across Content Areas

Using Poetry across Content Areas

Much of learning new content is learning new vocabulary.  I am excited to share with you my secret strategy for getting students to write using these new words: poetry.  Most people think of poems as writing that rhymes, but there are dozens of poetry forms that use different syllables and parts of speech.  Even my

Much of learning new content is learning new vocabulary.  I am excited to share with you my secret strategy for getting students to write using these new words: poetry.  Most people think of poems as writing that rhymes, but there are dozens of poetry forms that use different syllables and parts of speech.  Even my... read more