Motivating your students to write through blogging
Motivating Your Students toWrite Through Blogging!Louise MorganSycamore Elementary SchoolFort Worth, Texas@mrsmorgansclassLink to this Google Presentation:http://www.frugalteacher.com/2013/06/tcea-tots-and-technology-conference.html
Blog Post GuidelinesBlog Post Guidelines:● Students will only be identified by their first names.● Posts written by students are checked by Mrs. Morgan before they arepublished on the blog.● Posts will not include personal details about students such asaddresses and family information.● All comments submitted will be approved by Mrs. Morgan before theyare included on the blog.● All students must have parental permission to post on the blog and tohave their photo published on the blog.● Parents who leave comments are asked to use their first name only soas not to identify their child (Please post comments as“Jimmy’s mom” or“Megan’s grandfather”, etc.)● Proof-read your comments carefully.● All students must abide by the blogging rules that we have establishedas a class.Mrs. Watson’s 2/3 Class http://mrswatson.ca/our-blog-guidelines/
Commenting GuidelinesHow to Write an Amazing Comment:1. READ the blog post very carefully.2. If you enjoyed the post, WRITE BACK!3. Open or begin your comment with a GREETING.4. Begin with a COMPLIMENT … something you enjoyed … be SPECIFIC!5. SHARE other interesting facts or information, if you have any, as long asno one else said it in another comment!6. Make a CONNECTION … by asking a question to try to get aCONVERSATION going!7. Proofread for C.O.P.S. (Capitals, Organization, Punctuation andSpelling).8. Sign your FIRST name, or if you are a parent sign as “Jimmy’s mom” or“Megan’s Grandpa”.9. Hit POST … and check BACK for a RESPONSE!Global 3rd Grade – Connecting and Learning Beyond the Classroom Wallshttp://globalgrade3.cbegloballearning.ca/blogging-resources/
How do I find an audiencefor my students blogs?
Connecting with other Classrooms#comments4kids
Why Classroom Blogging?Students are motivated to do their bestbecause they know they have an audience thatincludes other teachers, administrators, friends,and parents.
Slide explanationsIntro - Hello! My name is Louise Morgan. I am a second grade teacher in Fort Worth, Texas andI have been using blogging in my classroom since August 2011. Bogging is both a motivator andsource of pride for students and teachers. Having a global audience read and comment on ourblogs challenges the students to do their very best.Slide 1 - I spent a lot of time thinking about how I would incorporate blogging into my alreadyjammed-packed school day. I also wondered if all of the students would be able to get enoughtime on the computers. I have 3 desktop computers in my classroom and we go to thecomputer lab once a week. I wasn’t sure if this would this be enough for every student.The same year, I also implemented The Daily 5 (a framework for the literacy block that fostersindependence). I realized that blogging would fit nicely with the “Work on Writing” componentand decided to dive on in!After 2 sessions with the portable laptop carts and a few extra visits to the computer lab, mystudents quickly learned how to navigate the blog.Slide 2 - Now we were ready to incorporate blogging in to our Daily 5 rounds. During theserounds (usually 2-3 per day) students choose which component to work on: Read to self, workon writing, word work, listen to reading, or read with someone. Work on Writing includesfinding a comfy spot and journal writing OR posting one of their completed stories on the blog.
Slide explanations contSlide 3 - We always have an ongoing writing assignment where the students use the traditionalwriting process: Pre-write, rough draft, revise and edit, proofread, and publish. They do all ofthe steps in their journal, conference with me, and then they publish it on their blog. Theconference allows me to work on specific skills with them. The students work at their own paceso there never seems to be an issue with a lot of kids waiting to get on the computer - it tendsto work itself out.Slide 4 - Students are also encouraged to do the writing process right on the blog (just like wewould do). Sometimes when they come to school with something exciting or interesting to shareI encourage them to get it on the blog - taking time to write it down may squelch theenthusiasm, but typing it on the blog allows for a bigger audience and more feedback.Slide 5 - In addition to posting, work on writing also consists of reading other blogs and makinggood comments. I have specific guidelines for posting and commenting. I moderate everythingso if something does not meet the requirement, I help the students edit it. This is a post that astudent did at home about putting Christmas lights on the house. The students were veryimpressed with her colored font, so she became the expert and showed the students how tochange font colors.Slide 6 - These are my posting guidelines that can be found on our class blog. The focus is oninternet safety and following procedures.Slide 7 - Our commenting guidelines help the student say more than “nice job” or “that’s cool”.We work very hard on leaving good comments.Slide 8 - I have several links to other classroom blogs on our site. This allows students to visitand read the work of their peers in other states or countries. The students visit, read, andcomment using our guidelines.
Slide explanations contConnecting with other teachers who blog can be done through Twitter, Skype in theClassroom, Quadblogging, and many other places. One of the best places to find otherclass bloggers is Twitter. By following the #comments4kids hashtag you can visit manyblogs and connect with the teachers. Use #comments4kids to get a global audience foryour blog too!Slide 9 - Students are motivated to do their best because they know they have anaudience that includes other teachers, administrators, friends, and parents.Blogging has definitely changed the way I teach and manage my classroom. Who wouldbelieve that 7-8 year old students could learn to be so independent and engaged!I hope that this information has been helpful. You can read more about my experienceswith blogging at www.frugalteacher.com and about our classroom fun atmrsmorgansstars.edublogs.org.Thank you!
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