There is quite a bit of excitement in the 4th and 5th grade hall at one of my schools. And believe it or not, it’s all about WRITING. Yep! Writing journal entries, writing free writes, writing news reviews, writing assignments. Why? Because students here are using blogs to write!
After a few lessons on safety, blog set up, writing blog posts, and commenting on blogs, these students took their blogs and ran with them. It amazes me every time I walk in the computer lab and hear excited writing discussions, or in the hall or lunch room. I even heard a group of students discussing what they wrote (or were going to write) outside on the playground! And really, they have just scratched the surface. They have been commenting on each other’s blogs, but really staying within their own school. Today I challenged them to branch out and read other class’ blogs around the world. And once again, the excitement was palpable…
I want to try and encourage their efforts by finding folks to comment on their blogs as well. I’ve been following the #comments4kids hashtag on Twitter, and reading through the Comments4Kids site to find other similar classrooms. And now, I’m posting here too in hopes that you might have a moment to leave a comment (and a location) on one of their blog entries. If you have time, here they are:
A big, big thanks in advance, and an offer to return the favor. Leave me a comment (with a url) if you want me to comment on some of your students’ blogs!