Building Blogs To Be Proud Of.
My students love their blog /e-portfolios, and I as there teacher, also love their blogs.
I see their blogs as a showpiece of their talents. It’s a place where they can express their creativity and share their passions with the world. I see them as something my students can build with pride and use as a tool later in their life. It’s a way for them to keep track of their accomplishments and share all of their potential with others.
Each blog session I have planned for my students, I plan with this vision in my head and excitement in my heart. However, the final product never seems to match the gradure expectations I set out with.
My original thought was if I opened it up and allowed my students to blog about whatever they were passionate about, I would see a spark in their creativity and their writing skills would shine. Much like their teacher, they had tonnes of wonderful things to share about these topics in conversations, but in writing, there enthusiasm faded away.
My school district has been focusing on Critical thinking the last few years so I next turned to setting criteria for a great blog post, hoping that might help give my students the direction they needed. The result this time was a bullet list in which they cross off each of the criteria. These bullet lists have started us on a new journey of how to turn a bullet list into a paragraph, a necessary but time consuming task.
I know modelling can also be a very powerful tool so I tried showing them other blogs as a model and writing sample posts together as a class, but I have yet to find the effective tool to get them writing with the passion that they are able to verbally share.
I know like anything worth teaching , blogging skills is a process, and I myself am still on this journey. I am slowly becoming more comfortable with putting myself out there just as I know my students will as well. All of this will take time, time which I am willing to give them . But In an effort to make this process more enjoyable for everyone in my class, I am asking if anyone has any blogging lessons that they have tried with their students that captured the potential in their students.? We would love to learn from others.