Tag: Blog Topics

Should I Assign Blogging for Homework?

Should I Assign Blogging for Homework?

There is significant debate over whether kids get too much homework. But both sides can probably agree on two things: homework should not stress kids out, and it should facilitate their learning. As a reading and writing teacher, I’ve assigned blogging homework, and I’ve found that it can fit both of these criteria. First, let’s look at

There is significant debate over whether kids get too much homework. But both sides can probably agree on two things: homework should not stress kids out, and it should facilitate their learning. As a reading and writing teacher, I’ve assigned blogging homework, and I’ve found that it can fit both of these criteria. First, let’s look at... read more

How to get Students Writing about the U.S. Election with FANschool

How to get Students Writing about the U.S. Election with FANschool

Do your students wonder why the Electoral College is used to elect the President of the United States? Is there a better way? The U.S. presidential election season is a perfect time to get students writing about how government affects our daily life.

Do your students wonder why the Electoral College is used to elect the President of the United States? Is there a better way? The U.S. presidential election season is a perfect time to get students writing about how government affects our daily life.... read more

From New Bloggers to Published Authors

From New Bloggers to Published Authors

In the beginning of the school year, there are many routines and procedures to be established. The first few weeks of school are often spent getting to know one another, discussing classroom expectations, and becoming familiar with classroom tools and materials. A great way to begin the new year is by taking the opportunity to learn about students within the first few months; their backgrounds, interests, strengths,and learning needs. A great way to help students share these details is through their writing.

In the beginning of the school year, there are many routines and procedures to be established. The first few weeks of school are often spent getting to know one another, discussing classroom expectations, and becoming familiar with classroom tools and materials. A great way to begin the new year is by taking the opportunity to learn about students within the first few months; their backgrounds, interests, strengths,and learning needs. A great way to help students share these details is through their writing.... read more

Getting Started: Tips for launching a successful class blog

Getting Started: Tips for launching a successful class blog

Summer is full of opportunities for reflecting, learning, and planning. Teachers and students have the ability to review the past year and develop goals for both the summer and the upcoming school year.  While summer gives teachers a chance to unwind and relax, it is often used as a time for exploration and preparation for

Summer is full of opportunities for reflecting, learning, and planning. Teachers and students have the ability to review the past year and develop goals for both the summer and the upcoming school year.  While summer gives teachers a chance to unwind and relax, it is often used as a time for exploration and preparation for... read more

Promote Student Expression​ through Storytelling

Promote Student Expression​ through Storytelling

Depending on particular class content, concepts, or topics, blogging can have a strong, positive impact on several aspects of the learning process.  Recently, I have found that providing students with a short prompt and having them create or tell a story has been extremely beneficial. In doing this, they not only build knowledge and skills

Depending on particular class content, concepts, or topics, blogging can have a strong, positive impact on several aspects of the learning process.  Recently, I have found that providing students with a short prompt and having them create or tell a story has been extremely beneficial. In doing this, they not only build knowledge and skills... read more

Keeping Writing Relevant

Keeping Writing Relevant

Through staff development, writing workshops, and online articles, the importance of keeping assignments relevant to student life has been a constant theme. The idea sounds logical and quite simple, however, sometimes it is easier said than done.

Through staff development, writing workshops, and online articles, the importance of keeping assignments relevant to student life has been a constant theme. The idea sounds logical and quite simple, however, sometimes it is easier said than done. ... read more

Learn About Your Students: Building Teacher-Student Relationships Through Blogging

Learn About Your Students: Building Teacher-Student Relationships Through Blogging

The classroom is a space where we – teachers and students – are able to constantly engage in conversation. Through these daily classroom interactions, we continuously learn about our students. But some students are not as comfortable opening up to teachers and sharing their ideas in the company of classmates.

The classroom is a space where we - teachers and students - are able to constantly engage in conversation. Through these daily classroom interactions, we continuously learn about our students. But some students are not as comfortable opening up to teachers and sharing their ideas in the company of classmates. ... read more