As promised, I wanted to include an entry on how you might incorporate your blog as part of your classroom as well as to bring your students’ parents into the classroom (albeit, virtually). To better illustrate my thoughts, I scoured around to find some examples from other schools and teachers. One example is a Biology teacher who has a reflective blog about her classroom blog. She even sent out the following email to inform students and parents about the classroom blog:
I have posted additional links that you’ll need for your blogs. As I mentioned in the New Teacher Training Session, I will continue to utilize this space to assist with your blogging needs. More to come on all that, but for now – go check out some of the links and read on about a new web browser that has integrated blogging and RSS capabilities (don’t know what I’m talking about – keep reading).
This is a test to see if I’ve configured the blog server so it posts what I type. I also edited some lines within the Settings so I could include resource links that might be useful. All that aside, I wanted to post an assignment so you can have a good first entry after you have successfully setup your own blog!
Blog Entry #1A
What is your opinion of reality tv shows? Justify your position. Do you watch reality tv shows? Explain why. This may be particularly interesting for those who think theyre ridiculous, but watch them anyway. You may use a specific reality show as an example (if youd like).You must:
– create an entry that is at least 150 words
– create a concrete argument [i.e. you must have a claim(s) and support that claim(s).]
Blog Entry #1B
Write a blog that addresses any current event/issue. Your entry can address a local event/issue, a national issue/event, or an international event/issue. You could, for example, write a blog entry about how you utilize technology in the classroom, or you could write a blog entry about the approval of online charter schools.You will have to:
– create a argument (i.e. make a claim and support it)
– cite any sources that you use (I encourage you to use other sources)
– write a blog that is at least 150 words. Be interesting…write about something that interests you “ itll be more interesting to read.
Okay, you don’t have to write all 150 words now. This just gives you an idea of how you might utilize this type of teaching tool within your class. You could also have students create blogs and publish their assignments online. This would give them an opportunity to write for an audience as well as provide/receive comments on peer work. We can configure our district blogs to only allow your and the students’ blogs to be seen by each other (and not the outside world). There are many options and avenues to explore.