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Typepad. Share your passions with the world. Real-World Writing Examples: A Blogger Reveals His Secrets. I want to share a story that I hope will be instructive for both teachers and other blogger/columnists.

Real-World Writing Examples: A Blogger Reveals His Secrets

Years ago, I taught high school. I left in spite of the kids, not because of them. I wanted to train teachers, but I missed being with adolescents. In my retirement, I seize every opportunity to guest teach in high school classes. Being with adolescents helps keep me young! My daughter Tracy teaches high school English and drama. This time, the lesson was also instructive for how we can use our columns (I’m an old-fashioned journalist and still prefer that term) to help high school kids learn how to write their own editorials. The Setting Tracy teaches in Mount Eden High School, set in a quiet neighborhood of Hayward, California with demographics that we usually associate with inner city schools.

The classes are also heterogeneous academically, a mix of college-bound kids and those who are more challenged academically and engaged in vocational training. The Assignment Mutual Gifts. Blogging in the Classroom- 5 Ways to keep students blogging ⋆ 180 Days to Happy. EmailEmail Anyone who’s started blogging, me included, would tell you one of the hardest things to do is to KEEP blogging!

Blogging in the Classroom- 5 Ways to keep students blogging ⋆ 180 Days to Happy

Inevitably, you will hit a wall or think that nobody out there is listening. This can and will happen in your classroom as well. You know that last few days before break? Or the times you’re super focused on a bit of paperwork that is due? 1. Don’t be afraid to stick to the basics. Discuss a recent marketing example that was deemed culturally insensitive. or How should cultural diversity influence marketing? 2. If you are working on the same standards among multiple classes ( 6th grade Science period 1 & 6), you can invite students to view and comment from the opposite class. The easy, tweet about this link generator.

Free Online Grammar Check, Plagiarism, Spelling, and More. Use a Classroom Blog to Engage Parents. As technology takes on a larger role in the classroom, teachers continue to seek for new and creative ways to enable student participation and engagement.

Use a Classroom Blog to Engage Parents

But what about the many ways technology can impact parent engagement? Consider using a class blog to get your parents involved. Invite them inWhile days seem to be getting busier and busier, parents may not have time to stop by the classroom. With a class blog, parents can visit the classroom virtually at their convenience. Use the blog to keep them informed and pique their interest, which might even encourage them to make some time to actually stop by in person. Show them a snapshotUse the class blog for more than daily updates on assignments and projects. Share a “Student of the Week”If there is anything parents love, it’s the recognition of their children. Thinking Creatively About Student Blogging John Spencer. Last week, I decided to start a little blog series where I will actively curate and share what I have written or created on various education-related topics.

Thinking Creatively About Student Blogging John Spencer

So, here is the second one in the series. Ten years ago, when I first began blogging with students, it totally tanked. Students had such creative blog titles as "Bell Work: November 3rd" and "Warm-Up. " I know, compelling stuff, right? However, over time, I was able to rethink this approach and shift toward authentic writing online. Blogging for English-Language Learners. Blogging is a very powerful tool in and of itself.

Blogging for English-Language Learners

Whether it's a personal or professional blog, blogging has the power to unleash learning, reflection, and communication. Even more, a blog can help spread your words and ideas to a wider audience and, as a result, a wider reach. Blogging for English-language learners (ELLs) can tap into students' and teachers' utmost communicative potential and help expand and widen learning opportunities.

Benefits of Blogging It's important for the teacher to discuss the benefit of blogging with her or his students, as this will inform how they learn through it. 20 ideas for solid student blogging. My students love to tweet. They share photos on Instagram. They know all the cool viral videos on YouTube. They are expert digital collaborators, connecting with others to discuss topics near and dear to their hearts. That’s why I had them start blogging this year.

Theirs is an online world, and I want them to be there when they engage with my content. It’s a work in progress, and I’ll do it much differently next year than I did in this inaugural year. After a year of experience and absorption of as many student blogging articles/chat comments/podcasts as possible, here are 20 things to consider: 1. 2. Kidblog. Write About. Student Blogging Activity 1 (Beginner): Setting Up Your Class Blog. Welcome to our second Teacher Challenge!

Student Blogging Activity 1 (Beginner): Setting Up Your Class Blog

Our “30 days to get your Students Blogging” Challenge is all about guiding you through the process of blogging with your students. This challenge is open to anyone and everyone – and you don’t need to be a user of Edublogs at all or have participated in the first challenge. Wherever you’re at — we’ll step you through the weekly tasks to increase your skills while providing mentors who’ll support your learning. But most importantly ‘don’t stress, have fun’ — work through it at your own pace and remember to ask for help any time you need assistance!