I just finished a Skype call with Lani Ritter Hall where I had the privilege to talk to a wonderful group of educators in Ohio. Lani is teaching them about blogs. Check out her Blogging Ballet updates. It is excellent. The participant blogs are listed on the first page so if you have a moment, welcome them to the world of blogging. I shared some of my blogging experiences with the group. They asked great questions. I can’t wait to read more from this emerging blogging community.
This is especially for the group:
There is great potential in the power of blogging and commenting. Blogs can be short, quick writes that give students the practice they need to learn from putting their thoughts down and then engaging in the dialogue about the process, both online and in the classroom. It’s about the process and improvement and giving ownership to students of their work. It’s about having an audience that reaches far outside the walls of our classrooms. Good teachers stand by their students during this process. They encourage, guide and help students discover and learn right along with them as they blog. Good teachers model responsible blogging.Â Students begin to develop their voices and get the practice needed to be better writers and thinkers. Caring readers recognize and respect that the more students blog the more they will improve their writing and thinking skills.. The process involves learning, the shaping and reshaping of ideas, and the think-rethink process that blogs can encourage. The goal is to give students a rich and diverse array of writing experience that will inspire them to want to write in their blogs and improve that writing themselves. In the process they will be encountering many perspectives that can help them become better thinkers.Â You will be fostering potential and leading them to becoming life-long learners themselves! Enjoy the journey!