Tag: Constructive Commenting

Give Them an Audience

Give Them an Audience

The teacher plays a part, but is not the purpose. By training students to write for themselves and the world, and to see the value in it, they won’t stop.

The teacher plays a part, but is not the purpose. By training students to write for themselves and the world, and to see the value in it, they won't stop.... read more

Blogging with Preservice Teachers: Creating a Community for Sharing and Reflecting

Blogging with Preservice Teachers: Creating a Community for Sharing and Reflecting

When I first joined the faculty at a mid-size regional university, I expected my students to have had experience with a variety of tech tools and to feel comfortable experimenting with social media platforms. I was surprised to find that the majority of my students, who also happen to be preservice teachers, had limited experience using

When I first joined the faculty at a mid-size regional university, I expected my students to have had experience with a variety of tech tools and to feel comfortable experimenting with social media platforms. I was surprised to find that the majority of my students, who also happen to be preservice teachers, had limited experience using... read more

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