When I saw the Share Your Blogging Experience post on Twitter, I was immediately drawn to question #2:
Blogging has made a world of a difference in my classroom. Since 2006, I have been able to connect with my students outside of the classroom. We have been able to discuss a wide range of literary topics while sitting in the comfort of our own homes. Students debate and challenge one another, while tackling literary heavy weights like Toni Morrison & William Shakespeare.
Although blogging brings many rewards, it’s not always easy to get students involved. Students are initially hesitant to blog. I get the usual list of excuses: I can’t find the site, my computer died/froze/exploded or some other variation, etc. I too am guilty of holding up the process. On one occasion, I forgot to click “Allow Comments” and wondered why no one had posted anything.
The best way to have a smooth and easy blogging experience is to do it over and over again. Invite your students to have weekly or bi-weekly blog discussions. Start them out with something simple and easy ala “How I Spent My Summer Vacation”, then challenge them with a tougher subject. Respond to comments where possible, and commend students for their participation.
Blogging is a fun and easy way to teach, to learn, and to grow! Happy Blogging!Filed under Class Blog | Comment (1)