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Failing: Changing the context through blogging

Failing: Changing the context through blogging

The word ‘fail’ brings out many emotions in students (and adults!), and most of them are not positive.  Many of us, as educators, have heard students comment, “I hope I don’t fail.” or, “I’m not going to try it because I am worried I will fail.” In any classroom environment, but especially a STEM environment,

The word ‘fail’ brings out many emotions in students (and adults!), and most of them are not positive.  Many of us, as educators, have heard students comment, “I hope I don’t fail.” or, “I’m not going to try it because I am worried I will fail.” In any classroom environment, but especially a STEM environment,... read more

Jump-start the New School Year Blogging: Biography blogs

Jump-start the New School Year Blogging: Biography blogs

Start of School Waxed floors Buzzing of Voices Lockers clanging Bells ringing “Do we have assigned seats?” “Do we need notebooks today?” “What’s for lunch?” “Jason? Here. Becky? Here.” When the start of school is just around the corner I begin thinking about how I want to start off my year to help build an

Start of School Waxed floors Buzzing of Voices Lockers clanging Bells ringing “Do we have assigned seats?” “Do we need notebooks today?” “What’s for lunch?” “Jason? Here. Becky? Here.” When the start of school is just around the corner I begin thinking about how I want to start off my year to help build an... read more

Kidblog Spotlight On: Douglas Meckley

Kidblog Spotlight On: Douglas Meckley

After being introduced to blogging in graduate school, Douglas Meckley integrated Kidblog into his sixth grade class. He has since found a way to implement blogging into all content areas. What motivated you to start blogging with your students? I became intrigued by the possibilities of blogging when I encountered it during a graduate class

After being introduced to blogging in graduate school, Douglas Meckley integrated Kidblog into his sixth grade class. He has since found a way to implement blogging into all content areas. What motivated you to start blogging with your students? I became intrigued by the possibilities of blogging when I encountered it during a graduate class... read more

Keep the Momentum Going: Convincing next year’s teacher to blog in the classroom

Keep the Momentum Going: Convincing next year’s teacher to blog in the classroom

Summer gardening projects allow for a great many hours of contemplation as I pull weeds and tend to my flower and veggie beds.  As my thoughts turn to the upcoming school year, I find myself thinking about my last year’s class and how their writing bloomed through blogging over the course of the school year.

Summer gardening projects allow for a great many hours of contemplation as I pull weeds and tend to my flower and veggie beds.  As my thoughts turn to the upcoming school year, I find myself thinking about my last year’s class and how their writing bloomed through blogging over the course of the school year.... read more

Sharing Kidblog at Professional Development Events and Conferences

Sharing Kidblog at Professional Development Events and Conferences

Preparing to lead a professional development session or conference presentation takes time, especially planning the most beneficial activities and methods to deliver the information. It is a good idea to plan different activities that will both inform and engage the participants, and lead to great conversations and takeaways that can be implemented right away. Often

Preparing to lead a professional development session or conference presentation takes time, especially planning the most beneficial activities and methods to deliver the information. It is a good idea to plan different activities that will both inform and engage the participants, and lead to great conversations and takeaways that can be implemented right away. Often... read more

Reflecting Out Loud

Reflecting Out Loud

You kneel down next to the student and gently but firmly say, “I want you to think about what you’ve done.” The student’s eyes look off into the distance for a moment, then return to yours. “Kay. Done.” “No,” you say. “Really think about what you have done.” The student’s brow furrows, trying to mimic

You kneel down next to the student and gently but firmly say, “I want you to think about what you’ve done.” The student’s eyes look off into the distance for a moment, then return to yours. “Kay. Done.” “No,” you say. “Really think about what you have done.” The student’s brow furrows, trying to mimic... read more

Kidblog Spotlight On: Karyn Keenan

Kidblog Spotlight On: Karyn Keenan

“It’s important that my students create with technology, rather than just consume it,” notes Karyn when asked what motivated her to start blogging with her students. With this in mind, she jumped into Kidblog with her students and hasn’t looked back. The results? Hundreds of posts and comments in one short month. What has been the

“It’s important that my students create with technology, rather than just consume it,” notes Karyn when asked what motivated her to start blogging with her students. With this in mind, she jumped into Kidblog with her students and hasn’t looked back. The results? Hundreds of posts and comments in one short month. What has been the... read more