Tag: Blogging in the Classroom

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

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

Learner Profile: An interview with Margaret Simon

Learner Profile: An interview with Margaret Simon

The following is an excerpt from “Digital Portfolios in the Classroom: Showcasing and Assessing Student Work” by Matt Renwick (ASCD, 2017). You can purchase a copy of the book here.  Margaret Simon is a gifted and talented teacher in New Orleans, Louisiana. She works with many students in several schools, specifically related to English Language

The following is an excerpt from “Digital Portfolios in the Classroom: Showcasing and Assessing Student Work” by Matt Renwick (ASCD, 2017). You can purchase a copy of the book here.  Margaret Simon is a gifted and talented teacher in New Orleans, Louisiana. She works with many students in several schools, specifically related to English Language... read more

Building Blogging Stamina

Building Blogging Stamina

Young writers many times don’t know where to start writing.  Students can spend an entire 20 minutes thinking of an idea and second guessing themselves out of any idea, often using all of the time allotted for the writing itself.  They typically prefer to oral brainstorm with friends and frequently go with an idea that

Young writers many times don’t know where to start writing.  Students can spend an entire 20 minutes thinking of an idea and second guessing themselves out of any idea, often using all of the time allotted for the writing itself.  They typically prefer to oral brainstorm with friends and frequently go with an idea that... read more

Three Paperless Entry or Exit Tasks

Three Paperless Entry or Exit Tasks

Entry tasks are short tasks that I use either at the beginning of the day or as transitions from recess or lunch.  They get everybody warmed up for the next activity while I address the inevitable needs that come up at such times. Every year we seem to have to limit our copying budget.  As

Entry tasks are short tasks that I use either at the beginning of the day or as transitions from recess or lunch.  They get everybody warmed up for the next activity while I address the inevitable needs that come up at such times. Every year we seem to have to limit our copying budget.  As... read more

Creating an Antagonist

Creating an Antagonist

In creative writing class, middle school students quickly learn the value of creating an interesting antagonist in their short stories. Good stories have captivating antagonists that create conflict for the protagonist.  To introduce this concept, I begin with a discussion of Disney movies.  We brainstorm a list of movies and the notable antagonists.  Cruella DeVille

In creative writing class, middle school students quickly learn the value of creating an interesting antagonist in their short stories. Good stories have captivating antagonists that create conflict for the protagonist.  To introduce this concept, I begin with a discussion of Disney movies.  We brainstorm a list of movies and the notable antagonists.  Cruella DeVille... read more

STEM, Health, and Kidblog

STEM, Health, and Kidblog

Most adults were very active as children. We played a variety of different games at recess, and we participated in various sports throughout middle and high school. However, as any teacher can see, our students aren’t getting as much physical activity. Nowadays, kids are less interested in outdoor games and more interested in online games.

Most adults were very active as children. We played a variety of different games at recess, and we participated in various sports throughout middle and high school. However, as any teacher can see, our students aren’t getting as much physical activity. Nowadays, kids are less interested in outdoor games and more interested in online games.... read more