Tuesday, February 8

Student Blogging Turmoil



My students fell in love with blogging. After a slow start on my part, once I implemented this new
adventure, the excitement was palpable. I will always treasure the day they discovered comments. I could barely contain them they were so excited. Now, I’m stumbling.

I’m struggling with time!
Writing happens all day long in every area of my curriculum. I even have my students write about math and how they problem solve. Why can’t I get them on the computer to blog? What am I doing wrong?

I have checked out numerous classroom blogs via Comments4kids.com and I’m in awe of how many entries some students have posted. Why aren’t my students blogging more?

I will not, under any circumstances, assign blogging for homework. I do not want the students to view it as another item to check off on their homework log. Blogging should be something that
inspires them and beckons them.

Again, what am I missing?

Maybe I am being too controlling? I work with my students one-on-one for every writing assignment. I change the color of my pen every time I meet with them and it turns into a rainbow of colors on their papers. The students enjoy the attention and encouragement, and they have learned that writing is a process. We are never “one and done.” Currently, we are working on multi-paragraph speeches that describe their hopes and dreams for their jobs, families and contributions to society. I don’t consider these blogs… but should I?

Perhaps I should just allow the students to cycle through our classroom computers and write whatever they want without me checking for proper paragraph construction, grammar and mechanics. On the other hand, I would never post a blog without proofing and editing. Plus, I have people who I have told to email me the second I make an error so I can fix it. It is a reflection of me. Shouldn’t I teach good habits from the beginning?

So, I’m in turmoil. Do I let them write whatever they want without hovering and set them free to mass produce? Do I focus on quality vs. quantity?

There must be a balance somewhere!

I would love to hear how others are managing classroom blogging.
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