Tag: Student Voice

Take Students’ Writing from Good to Great

Take Students’ Writing from Good to Great

Revision strategies have the power to take a student writing from good to great. Students are skilled at generating lots of ideas in the brainstorming stage of writing.  They are eager writers in the drafting stage. However, when it comes to revising—not just correcting a few typos or run-on sentences—they lack the desire to truly

Revision strategies have the power to take a student writing from good to great. Students are skilled at generating lots of ideas in the brainstorming stage of writing.  They are eager writers in the drafting stage. However, when it comes to revising—not just correcting a few typos or run-on sentences—they lack the desire to truly... read more

The Power of Words: Positive vs. Negative

The Power of Words: Positive vs. Negative

The “Magic Ratio” John Gottman, a researcher, studied positive and negative relationships among 700 married couples believed that negative experiences (words and emotions) needed to be balanced with positive experiences in a relationship in order for the relationship to be successful. He thought that there was a ratio of positive and negative experiences to balance

The “Magic Ratio” John Gottman, a researcher, studied positive and negative relationships among 700 married couples believed that negative experiences (words and emotions) needed to be balanced with positive experiences in a relationship in order for the relationship to be successful. He thought that there was a ratio of positive and negative experiences to balance... read more

Finding a Voice

Finding a Voice

When I first introduced voice in writing, many of my students didn’t quite understand what was meant. I explained to them that having a voice in writing simply means that the author’s personality and beliefs shine through in their writing.

When I first introduced voice in writing, many of my students didn't quite understand what was meant. I explained to them that having a voice in writing simply means that the author's personality and beliefs shine through in their writing. ... read more

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

From New Bloggers to Published Authors

From New Bloggers to Published Authors

In the beginning of the school year, there are many routines and procedures to be established. The first few weeks of school are often spent getting to know one another, discussing classroom expectations, and becoming familiar with classroom tools and materials. A great way to begin the new year is by taking the opportunity to learn about students within the first few months; their backgrounds, interests, strengths,and learning needs. A great way to help students share these details is through their writing.

In the beginning of the school year, there are many routines and procedures to be established. The first few weeks of school are often spent getting to know one another, discussing classroom expectations, and becoming familiar with classroom tools and materials. A great way to begin the new year is by taking the opportunity to learn about students within the first few months; their backgrounds, interests, strengths,and learning needs. A great way to help students share these details is through their writing.... read more

The Value of an Audience

The Value of an Audience

I am frequently asked why I choose to use Kidblog as a platform for my Kindergarten students. It’s simple really: Kidblog is an opportunity to share my students’ voices globally.

I am frequently asked why I choose to use Kidblog as a platform for my Kindergarten students. It’s simple really: Kidblog is an opportunity to share my students' voices globally.... read more