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Starting Your Year with Student Blogging

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If you haven’t considered blogging with your students, now’s the time!

I’ve taught fifth grade for the past 14 years, I have never found a more powerful approach to teaching writing than blogging. It creates an authentic audience, and kids actually want to write. I have an easy step by step guide to starting off on a good foot.

 

 

Click the title below for a more detailed explanation with resources.

Overview of Lessons to Begin Blogging

1. Make paper blogs to teach blogging. Here’s the lesson plan:
Paper Blogs: McTeach lesson

2.  7 Random Facts About Me To teach what information can be on a public space, and what can not.

3. Establish Blogging Guidelines.

4. Quality Comments

5. Start with small assignments

6. International Dot Day: How will you make a difference in the world?

7. Include parents

8. Connect with a couple of classrooms

9.Let them explore with color and style to personalize their blog site

10.Don’t grade! At least not at first.

11.Blog at least weekly                                                                                                         

12.Be Patient

Here’s a great article about the State of Blogging:

The State of Educational Blogging 2013

There are more resources linked here.

How to Change Education-From the Ground Up.

Great words by Sir Ken Robinson yet again.  He describes what most teachers know: effective change happens from the inside-out…or in his words “from the ground up.” The more we try to control education from the top down, the less we understand that education is about people and individuals. If we don’t fully embrace that, the farther we get from what we all want for our kids. We all have the same goal.

Some Advice for Teachers…from some wise 5th graders

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Before my 5th graders move on to middle school, they’ve shared some of their expertise in their Advice Columns. Here are some tips for teachers.

  1. What I want in a good teacher is one that is nice, but isn’t totally lame and just lets you do whatever so you don’t learn anything.
  2.  I want a teacher that will still teach you so much and have a good time while doing it.
  3. You need to be funny.
  4. Make sure everyone is in a group and no one is left out.
  5. Try to collaborate with another class/school on a project.
  6. If there is a natural disaster, don’t freak out. Instead try to help out and start a fundraiser with your students.
  7. Be the kindest you can be.
  8. Don’t assume what a kid might say and ask, but listen to them.
  9. Try to help the world.
  10. Get kids involved.  Try to do as many projects as you can.
  11. Get attached to your students. Make them feel welcome and happy to be in your class.
  12. Try KidBlog. It is a safe and easy way to blog with other kids on a kid safe website where you can track your kids’ writing.
  13. Don’t always be so serious.
  14. Trust me, I learned all this the hard way. I started the year by asking my teacher everything, instead of just doing what I need to do. She sure changed that. If you still can’t take charge of your own life by middle school the only thing I have to tell you is: good luck.
  15. I want a teacher that can take charge when they need to. But not a teacher that yells at you all the time just because she wants to.
  16. Make sure that you wear cute outfits all of the time.  It not only makes you look better, but I think helps.
  17. Be a good combo of stern, nice, taking control, and teaching. I think that is the best kind of teacher to be like.
  18. When you have a sub, assign (within reason) fun things to do! DO not assign a boring thing just because a sub is there. It is like when I babysit. If I am boring or if their mom tells me to do boring stuff, then you have a big job to make it fun, but you will pull it off!
  19. It is not right to think that you know what is right for your students. The kids probably know what is good for them. I think you should know that the students know what is in their mind.
  20. Encouragement is one thing and Toughness is something else. I think that you should encourage the kids to think.
  21. Let us figure out things on our own so we get more responsible.
  22. Have a little fun with us.
  23. Do a lot of global projects.
  24. Think outside of the box when you are teaching.
  25. Look for a fun way to teach things.
  26. If you are a nice teacher who reprimands when needed and has fun with teaching and is fun to kids when you teach, then you are golden.
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Concept Mapping as a Tool for Group Problem Solving

Turning information into knowledge.

Global Classroom Project 2012-2013 Submission

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As part of Classroom 2.0’s 5th Anniversary, they are calling for submissions for their anniversary book. Here is the Global Classroom Project 2012-2013’s submission. It’s a wonderful project!

“The Global Classroom Project is not your ordinary classroom project. It is a grassroots teaching and learning community connecting hundreds of K-12 teachers, and thousands of students, around the world. Spanning 6 continents, this project is an amazing example of how teachers can come together using social media and Web 2.0 technologies to flatten their classroom walls; enabling their students to share, learn, and collaborate globally.”