How blogs can make the link in Guardian Unlimited spotlights the good work John Johnston is doing in Glasgow. I loved the poetry project he did with the children from Sandaig primary school for National Poetry Day. Here is the link to the October project and additional information. I am delighted to hear what followed. Not only did he get comments from Britain, Australia, America and elsewhere but Carol Fuller, a teacher from Georgia, contacted him and asked if her class could write a drama piece using the children’s poems as a starting point. Her class is sending it to John’s school and the children will put it on. This is the connections piece of blogging that is so worthwhile. John talks about the audience blogs provide and the resulting feedback.
I couldn’t agree more with John’s take on leaving the comments function on. He says:
It is about the conversations and connections and John is doing what all good teachers would do. When he says “I check it.” we know he is monitoring the process and overseeing the process. That’s what we have to do. Then if we do happen upon something those Innappropriate Comments =Teachable Moments. John’s closing comments put the emphasis in the right place. It is all about getting our students to write, think, talk and collaborate! Well said, John!