“What would students say?” asks Bud Hunt on his Bud the Teacher

blog. I love that question!! In fact, I think it is my favorite

question because it is getting students in on this important

conversation. Bud is responding to the issue of “What is blogging?”

that Will has addressed in many of his posts.

Bud goes on to say…….

For better or worse, I agree with him. Blogging is a unique set of

skills and much of what my students are doing on their personal blogs

(journaling and ranting, mostly, according to one student) isn’t really

what I’d like to see in the classroom. But I wonder how many students

are actually participating in this conversation. Are adults once again

making decisions for students without their input?  Wouldn’t it be

terrible if the decisions about blog use in classrooms were all made for students, instead of with them?

I highlighted

this second question as it is a crucial question that needs to be

asked. Bud has shared this debate with his students and will be sharing

their input with us. I look forward to that.

I

think we need to work hard at providing good models of how it can work

in educational circles. That means getting students blogging.

Bud has many good posts that I have been thinking about. In particular, his one on mistakes and the one on assessment.

I am struggling with both issues and will come back to them. I have to

say though how much I appreciate Bud’s reflections. Reflections like

his and others in our “edublogging” community make me think and I love

it! It took me back to a post I made to last year’s student webloggers.

The post was  Think Possibilities. I tried to explain blogging to my students.

Bud refers to Will’s words about blogging. They are well worth repeating.

But I’ve never in my life written the way I write in this Weblog. And

frankly, I don’t know that I’ve learned as much from any other type of

activity as I have from this type. And I learn when I’m doing just what

I’m doing now (sweat on brow.) I’m not journaling. I’m not just

linking. I’m attempting to synthesize a lot of disparate ideas from a

varitey of sources into a few coherent sentences that I can publish for

an audience and wait (hope?) for its response to push my thinking

further. That’s the essence of blogging to me, and I can’t do it without a Weblog.

That’s the distinction. That’s what tells me this is different. And

that’s what makes me think so hard about the effects that blogging, not

just using a blog, might have in a classroom.

So, not only do

we need students blogging but we need to get more educators “blogging”,

as defined above. Then all the good educational examples of blogging will

speak for themselves.


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