Tag: Constructive Commenting

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

Back-to-School Blogging Topics

Back-to-School Blogging Topics

The start of the school-year can be a hectic and stressful time for teachers, students, and parents.  Everyone has become accustomed to the summer lifestyle where you have an abundance of free time and a less structured daily life. Getting back into the swing of things at school can be a difficult transition for children

The start of the school-year can be a hectic and stressful time for teachers, students, and parents.  Everyone has become accustomed to the summer lifestyle where you have an abundance of free time and a less structured daily life. Getting back into the swing of things at school can be a difficult transition for children... read more

How to Encourage Constructive Commenting

How to Encourage Constructive Commenting

“Great Job!👍😍” “I really liked your writing!👏❤️” “Awesome!!!!💛 💚 💙 💜” Flashback: year one. Yes, the first days my middle school students began blogging and commenting on each others work in the classroom looked like colorful skittles on the page. The comments were a combination of emoji icons and short, clipped phrases of “nice job”

“Great Job!👍😍” “I really liked your writing!👏❤️” “Awesome!!!!💛 💚 💙 💜” Flashback: year one. Yes, the first days my middle school students began blogging and commenting on each others work in the classroom looked like colorful skittles on the page. The comments were a combination of emoji icons and short, clipped phrases of “nice job”... 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

Webinar: Blogging with Elementary Students – Gifted and Title 1

Webinar: Blogging with Elementary Students – Gifted and Title 1

Fifth grade English Instructional Technology Resource Teacher, Van Hoffman, discusses his experience with, and shares tips for, blogging with elementary students, including gifted and title 1. In this webinar, you will learn: Assessing writing Engaging students How to write a reflection Leaving comments on posts Content area assignments (history, novel studies, creative writing) View past

Fifth grade English Instructional Technology Resource Teacher, Van Hoffman, discusses his experience with, and shares tips for, blogging with elementary students, including gifted and title 1. In this webinar, you will learn: Assessing writing Engaging students How to write a reflection Leaving comments on posts Content area assignments (history, novel studies, creative writing) View past... read more

Webinar: Integrating Various Apps into Kidblog Posts

Webinar: Integrating Various Apps into Kidblog Posts

In this webinar, fifth grade English and Social Studies teacher, Michelle Miesko, shares how to use Kidblog with iPads and various EdTech apps. Michelle discusses best practices for moderating posts and comments, as well as, how images enhance Kidblog posts. In this video, you will learn: How to encourage quality comments The teacher’s role in

In this webinar, fifth grade English and Social Studies teacher, Michelle Miesko, shares how to use Kidblog with iPads and various EdTech apps. Michelle discusses best practices for moderating posts and comments, as well as, how images enhance Kidblog posts. In this video, you will learn: How to encourage quality comments The teacher’s role in... read more