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Blogging in the Classroom

  1. 1. Blogging in the Classroom Authentic Writing for an Authentic Audience Tracy Kriese and Lorie Schoch West Ridge Middle School Eanes ISD 2016 TCTELA Conference Austin, Texas
  2. 2. Blogging begins here, in the writer’s notebook:
  3. 3. …and it continues here, on a published site:
  4. 4. Why do we blog with students? • to affirm the unique voice of each writer • to help each writer grow in confidence and ability • to practice skills and principles of digital literacy • to provide authentic revising and editing opportunities • to connect with authentic audiences and contribute to a wider community
  5. 5. What happens when students choose their own topics?
  6. 6. Free topic posts show evidence of writer’s craft lessons:
  7. 7. The study of mentor texts inspires student writing:
  8. 8. The prologue to Michael Crichton’s Jurassic Park influenced both of these students, one in her fiction writing and the other in her personal expressive writing.
  9. 9. Individual student blogs are linked to a class blog.
  10. 10. Class blogs can shine a spotlight on student work:
  11. 11. Use the class blog to get kids thinking:
  12. 12. Everyone shares an idea… even the quiet kids who never raise their hands.
  13. 13. Family and friends are invited to subscribe to student blogs.
  14. 14. With the teacher no longer the overly predominant active reader and responder of student texts, students, as a community, take more ownership of their writing. --Charles Lowe and Terra Williams Moving to the Public: Weblogs in the Writing Classroom
  15. 15. Twitter connections and student blogging challenges bring visitors from all over the world.
  16. 16. Our blogging has enabled us to collaborate with far away classrooms.
  17. 17. teachstudentblogging.weebly.com Visit for resources and information Tracy Kriese edublogs.eanesisd.net/tkriese tkriese@eanesisd.net @mrskriese106 Lorie Schoch edublogs.eanesisd.net/lschoch lschoch@eanesisd.net

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