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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

Developing a STEM program? How can blogging help?

Developing a STEM program? How can blogging help?

One of the most recent facts I read related to STEM comes from the US Bureau of Statistics that predicts that within the next 20 years 80% of jobs will require a technical STEM-related skill.  As our world is changing due to technology, our educational system is also changing.  Part of that change has been

One of the most recent facts I read related to STEM comes from the US Bureau of Statistics that predicts that within the next 20 years 80% of jobs will require a technical STEM-related skill.  As our world is changing due to technology, our educational system is also changing.  Part of that change has been... read more

Getting Students Interested in Current Events

Getting Students Interested in Current Events

Sometimes middle school students just aren’t interested in current events. A reason for this might be that students don’t have the space to explore these issues with their peers. As a journalism teacher, I strive to encourage student interest in current events because I want children to become informed citizens as they grow up. Current

Sometimes middle school students just aren’t interested in current events. A reason for this might be that students don’t have the space to explore these issues with their peers. As a journalism teacher, I strive to encourage student interest in current events because I want children to become informed citizens as they grow up. Current... read more

Kidblog: The Yardstick for Growth

Kidblog: The Yardstick for Growth

The end of the school year means to me wrapping up everything, hurrying to get everything finished, making sure everything is ready for next year.  But it also means pulling out all of the work from the whole year that got stored in the dusty closet, dark storeroom, or bottom of the backpack to put

The end of the school year means to me wrapping up everything, hurrying to get everything finished, making sure everything is ready for next year.  But it also means pulling out all of the work from the whole year that got stored in the dusty closet, dark storeroom, or bottom of the backpack to put... read more

Student Travel Blogs

Student Travel Blogs

I teach in a diverse community where students sometimes travel with their families for events in a different country.  Students would leave throughout the school year for up to a month attending weddings, family functions, or just to vacation.  Although, I want to support family time, it isn’t easy to keep those students up to

I teach in a diverse community where students sometimes travel with their families for events in a different country.  Students would leave throughout the school year for up to a month attending weddings, family functions, or just to vacation.  Although, I want to support family time, it isn’t easy to keep those students up to... read more

Staying Connected Over Summer Break

Staying Connected Over Summer Break

Ah, summer!  What a wonderful time for the 3 Rs…. Reading, Relaxing, and (w)Riting! My students were happy to find out that their access to Kidblog continues over the summer, and that they would be able to keep the connection with their blogging friends intact.  As a teacher who knows that her students will continue

Ah, summer!  What a wonderful time for the 3 Rs…. Reading, Relaxing, and (w)Riting! My students were happy to find out that their access to Kidblog continues over the summer, and that they would be able to keep the connection with their blogging friends intact.  As a teacher who knows that her students will continue... read more