Tag: getting students started with blogs

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

AASL 2017 Recap

AASL 2017 Recap

This past week, our team was in Phoenix, AZ attending the AASL National Conference — the only national professional membership organization focused on school librarians and the school library community. We had a fantastic time speaking with new and veteran members of our Kidblog community. Expo Hall: Throughout the week, the Kidblog team stationed themselves in the

This past week, our team was in Phoenix, AZ attending the AASL National Conference — the only national professional membership organization focused on school librarians and the school library community. We had a fantastic time speaking with new and veteran members of our Kidblog community. Expo Hall: Throughout the week, the Kidblog team stationed themselves in the... 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

Preparing Students for College with Blogging

Preparing Students for College with Blogging

Being an English teacher for 25 years, I assumed that I was adequately preparing my students for college:  reading comprehension – check; writing and revising essays – check; MLA format – check; grammar and mechanics – check.  However, I soon realized that there was more required for class assignments in college than the basic academic

Being an English teacher for 25 years, I assumed that I was adequately preparing my students for college:  reading comprehension – check; writing and revising essays – check; MLA format – check; grammar and mechanics – check.  However, I soon realized that there was more required for class assignments in college than the basic academic... read more

A Tech Integrationist’s Role in Implementing Kidblog Schoolwide

A Tech Integrationist’s Role in Implementing Kidblog Schoolwide

I began experimenting with student blogging five years ago as a third grade classroom teacher.  Now that I have a few more years of experience under my belt and have transitioned to the role of K-12 Technology Integrationist, I have a few tips for other Tech Integrationists facilitating Kidblog schoolwide.   In working with teachers

I began experimenting with student blogging five years ago as a third grade classroom teacher.  Now that I have a few more years of experience under my belt and have transitioned to the role of K-12 Technology Integrationist, I have a few tips for other Tech Integrationists facilitating Kidblog schoolwide.   In working with teachers... read more

A New Blogger’s Perspective: Getting Started with Kidblog

A New Blogger’s Perspective: Getting Started with Kidblog

We’re all familiar with the power of writing to an authentic audience. It’s the difference between writing robotically for a grade, or writing with a natural voice and a clear purpose. Providing students with the opportunity to share writing with actual people has a substantial impact on motivation—especially for a reluctant writer—and will create risk-takers

We’re all familiar with the power of writing to an authentic audience. It’s the difference between writing robotically for a grade, or writing with a natural voice and a clear purpose. Providing students with the opportunity to share writing with actual people has a substantial impact on motivation—especially for a reluctant writer—and will create risk-takers... read more