Tag: Constructive Commenting

Motivating Student Authors: Harnessing the Power of Comments

Motivating Student Authors: Harnessing the Power of Comments

I soon realized that the topic didn’t matter as much as the audience they were writing for. Kidblog motivates young writers… [t]hey are writing for each other, they are writing for students around the world, and they are writing (and reading!) to connect with other students who have similar interests.

I soon realized that the topic didn’t matter as much as the audience they were writing for. Kidblog motivates young writers... [t]hey are writing for each other, they are writing for students around the world, and they are writing (and reading!) to connect with other students who have similar interests.... read more

Blogging Feedback as a Formula

Blogging Feedback as a Formula

The more often you write, the better you will write. You’ve heard it before, and you’ll invariably hear it again. As an avid writer, I wholeheartedly agree. As a teacher, these often-heard words of wisdom sound much easier in theory than they are in practice. You can have students journal daily, scribbling in handwriting that

The more often you write, the better you will write. You’ve heard it before, and you’ll invariably hear it again. As an avid writer, I wholeheartedly agree. As a teacher, these often-heard words of wisdom sound much easier in theory than they are in practice. You can have students journal daily, scribbling in handwriting that... read more

Using Kidblog as a Virtual Classroom to Connect Physical Classes

Using Kidblog as a Virtual Classroom to Connect Physical Classes

Many Hats The role of an elementary teacher can vary. To some of us, that means donning the hat of the “Traveling Teacher”; we take our Mary Poppins bag of curricular tricks on the road each week in order to meet the needs of a certain population in multiple school buildings.  We risk rotator cuff issues

Many Hats The role of an elementary teacher can vary. To some of us, that means donning the hat of the “Traveling Teacher”; we take our Mary Poppins bag of curricular tricks on the road each week in order to meet the needs of a certain population in multiple school buildings.  We risk rotator cuff issues... read more

Using Kidblog to Supplement a Learning Management System

Using Kidblog to Supplement a Learning Management System

Students today are inundated with a variety of portals in which assignments are created and managed. As a 15-year veteran middle school teacher, I understand the many organizational issues teachers encounter with their students.

Students today are inundated with a variety of portals in which assignments are created and managed. As a 15-year veteran middle school teacher, I understand the many organizational issues teachers encounter with their students. ... read more

Five Keys to Blogging with Gifted and Talented Writing Groups

Five Keys to Blogging with Gifted and Talented Writing Groups

Last year, with the support of my principal, I started a new program that focused on enriched writing instruction for sixth grade writers.  Twice a week, students participated in small-group writing workshops and used Kidblog for peer review and digital portfolios.  This year, the program allowed me to follow my “guinea pigs” to seventh grade, and

Last year, with the support of my principal, I started a new program that focused on enriched writing instruction for sixth grade writers.  Twice a week, students participated in small-group writing workshops and used Kidblog for peer review and digital portfolios.  This year, the program allowed me to follow my “guinea pigs” to seventh grade, and... read more

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

Overcoming Common Struggles with the Comments Section

Overcoming Common Struggles with the Comments Section

  About 5 years into my teaching career, I was fed up with lugging student reader’s response notebooks home every day, fighting to try and stay on top of responding to each letter. The whole thing seemed archaic to me. I just knew there had to be a better way. Turns out there was—blogging. It made perfect

  About 5 years into my teaching career, I was fed up with lugging student reader’s response notebooks home every day, fighting to try and stay on top of responding to each letter. The whole thing seemed archaic to me. I just knew there had to be a better way. Turns out there was—blogging. It made perfect... read more