I want to use my class blog to introduce blogging to the teachers I work with. I want to figure out the ins and outs of blogging with students before I introduce it to the staff. I can't ask my teachers to try something that I haven't tried. I have chosen to work with one of the 6th grade classes once (more likely twice) a week. I purchased a Pro account with Edublogs because the ads are taken out and (hopefully) adding student blogs is easy. I set the class blog up with bare minimum, which will change as I work with the class and they decide what the class blog with look like.
At the moment, I am struggling with what to have my students blog about. Right now, I am thinking about having them share the work they are producing in their classes. Today, I observed a writing class creating persuasive paragraphs. The students had to convince the students in the class that their group's candy was better. Each group had a different candy - Reese's Peanut Butter Cups, Starburst, and Snickers. I am thinking that they could blog their persuasive paragraph and pair it with a Glog for a visual.
I have been visiting other class blogs and want to highlight some of the aspects I will share with my class:
- "Please notice our successes, not our mistakes. Our blog is a invitation to see what we are up to. Some of our work will be polished, and some will be in draft form. Please honour our attempts."
- I like the focus on attempts. I don't believe everything written should be in polished form because some things are only thoughts. Also, students are at varying levels of command of blogging and all that it entails. Attempts should be celebrated.
- Commenting Guidelines
- I plan to bring my students here to share their guidelines as we develop our own.
- Mr. Salsich's Class
I am going to continue to visit class blogs to find great "mentor text" examples to share with my students. I am hoping this challenge will also provide great class blogs to visit.