Started in-class writing several years ago. Not a satisfactory approach, Took up class time. Used great amounts of paper. Kids didn’t keep graded results. Timing was not ideal.Last year, decided to move to blogs – personal for 2 terms – class for one term. This year, class blogs only.
Class Blogs are the next killer app
Joel BackonCLASS BLOGS ARE THE Teachers Helping Teachers NEW KILLER APP January 31 , 2012
GROUND RULESThis class blog will replace daily in-class writing. You should post to this blog at leastonce each day of a reading assignment. You may post more if you would like and atanytime you would like as long as there is at least one post per reading assignmentprior to the class in which the assignment is discussed.Posts should be original comments with a hypothesis explaining an event/idea weread about or a conclusion based on an event/idea. In all cases, your thesis shouldbe clearly stated at the start of your post (even if it says you disagree with anotherpost), and should be supported by specific information either from the reading orother sources.Posts will be graded once per week on a rotating basis, and will be based on thequality of your posts as well as the number of times you post. Remember that thisblog is public for all practical purposes, so what you say and how you say it isimportant. 3
LESSONS LEARNED Make expectations clear Provide feedback Make the posts count Use them in class to stimulate discussion Teach kids that a public voice is the voice that matters 18
PLANS Switch things up next term Blog posts 3x VoiceThread 1x Chalk talk screencast 1x Expand the reach of the blog outside our classroom Involve the book authors or other notable scholars in the field 19
QUESTIONS AND jbackon@ DISCUSSION choate.edu 20