I have introduced my students to blogging! I have taken the plunge (but not fully as our blog is open only to kids in my class, their parents and other teachers in the building that I have invited as readers) into helping kids understand what it feels like to share their work with a larger audience and receive feedback from their peers and parents. It has been so exciting to hear their conversations about ideas they want to write about, questions about how to get to the blog, how to find a post and how to get a picture on their post. With one short week of exploring, there are kids who are already experts. Students are helping each other maneuver their way through the blog. Some kids have tried posting at home on the blog and one student posted a couple times while in Vancouver at the Olympics with his family ( his dad played hockey for Sweden). He was barely missed as we were able to read about his adventures and see a photo of him. Blogging is helping second graders feel connected even when a friend is far away.
Samantha Bennett, author of That Workshop Book, reminds us of the importance of mentor texts and real-world models that put a vision of high quality work in the heads of students. I knew that I would need some quality blogs that were created by kids to guide our posting. So today I shared a few kid blogs I found after searching last night. I discovered a homeschool blog site where found kid bloggers. This site also offers tips for kids and parents when setting up blogs. Today I used these blogs:
Araya and Avery: Horse Blog
to help my students find a focus for their posts. I know I will continue to come back to them as we dive deeper into blogging. Check them out!!