Today is one of those days that I’m seeing the impact blogging has for all of my students.
For some, they blog as though they are on stage and are performing at their best. They try out new techniques that they’ve seen and read in other blogs and websites – dialogue, media, bold words, tense situations, mystery, and sweet stories.
For some, they blog because they are finding a way to share their thoughts when many times among “the performers”, the outgoing ones in a classroom, they don’t speak, or they may feel that what they have to say isn’t as good as the others. This feeling disappears in blogging.
As I’m reviewing, commenting, submitting, and approving for publishing blogs today after school, I am incredibly moved by what I’m reading. Every single student is experiencing success through their blogging.
Blogging is giving them freedom to speak. It takes away the laborious, lengthy steps of the traditional writing process. I have yet to hear any negativity when I say, “Let’s get onto Kidblog today.” They are becoming more and more comfortable with story flow, vocabulary, and use of writing styles. They have blogged for the 100 Word Challenge prompt. They have commented to their Quadblogging focus school for this week. They have blogged about their Spring Break in a variety of formats – poems, bullet points, paragraphs….yes! They have blogged about their recent field trip to the symphony. And yet to come this week – the next blog for Science Inquiry which reveals to me individual learning. If they can explain the process and outcome to others, they’ve learned it!
Readers read. Writers write. Blogging is both and propels kids forward in a way I haven’t seen before.