Sunday, November 11, 2007


I am on a medical leave right now recovering from surgery, but the last blog session with the grade sevens was our best. It was the best writing that we had produced and I believe it was because the students did their writing in a document program and then pasted it into the blog entry form. Students wrote with capitals and used better punctuation. Best of all we could spell check their work. I would certainly recommend this method of blogging.

Saturday, September 29, 2007

Small steps

During the last class, I worked with students in small groups on their blogs and comments and found success with this approach. I plan to build on this strategy for the next couple of weeks. I will also open the questions for students to respond too and not stress the commenting part of the process until students are more comfortable with the process.

I feel enough confidence to try blogging with the grade eights.

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Blogging with Students

I am blogging with grade seven students during a library class. It has been a slow and painful process, but today it felt like it was getting easier. I will find out tonight when I approve the students' comments.
Techno question: Why has it been so painful?
Answer is:
1) I didn't provide good enough instruction into the process. I had not considered some of the problems we ran into. Students writing in a text message style. Students not having a book to write about. ( I may have rushed into a process without understanding it adequately.)
2) I think students want to play with the computers and don't see the computer or my time with them as serious work. Students are keen to change their desktop, knowing it will disappear when they log out, and they want to play games.
Reg Block told me yesterday at our meeting that students don't like to blog. He also said to persevere. And so I will.
Today I had students use a rubric to evaluate 4 blog posts I had found on the internet and put together on a web page. I was pleased with those students I talked to, who saw what good writing looked like. We also reviewed what the purpose of blogging is.
Tomorrow we learn to put an image into out blogs. Should be fun.