Lately my students have been hot on blogging. And why not? What better way to communicate learning than through blogging? The power of blogging isn’t just for the writers, it’s for the readers, too.
As my students have been experiencing lots of active learning recently, it sometimes feels like “play.” If you ever wonder, “Was this worth it?” or “What exactly was the take-away?” then it’s time to blog! Here are a few pictures worth blogging about!
Blogging reveals the learning process. Blogging provides reflection. Blogging is a powerful, independent reinforcement. Blogging gives the teacher extremely helpful insight into each student’s mind. I’ve gotten to see humor and distinctive thought processes that would have otherwise stayed hidden. It also becomes apparent where reteaching or review is needed if students aren’t able to explain or haven’t realized the purpose or meaning in a lesson – and what teacher wouldn’t appreciate that?
I have yet to hear complaining as students approach topics through blogging, unlike times with paper-pencil. There’s a labor involved with paper-pencil that’s definitely a hinder to some students. Blogging gives ease to the writing process. It’s quick, it has style, it allows for creativity, it assists with spelling, and it’s authorship to a huge audience.
The effort comes back in many satisfying ways:
- Easy to track learning & keep a digital portfolio
- Easy to revise and edit
- Easy to read and reread others writing
- Everyone has a voice; shyness has no factor, no stumbling with speech
- Students own their learning
- Students share true thoughts
- Comment and see value in others’ comments as well
One of my challenges is having time to comment on all that I’d like to. Still working on fine-tuning that system/process. Thankfully Twitter gets the word out to a massive audience. Comments4kids, 100 Word Challenge, QuadBlogging, and building a blog roll offer encouragement and support. There’s no doubt that learning goes way beyond the classroom. To say that I have a self-contained classroom really doesn’t fit anymore. Maybe “the uncontained classroom” fits, although I can imagine some misunderstanding with that!
Anyway, teaching is beyond the classroom and learning is, too. I don’t know who is stretched further, who gains more through blogging, students or teachers, writers or readers? Real deal, it’s a win-win!
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