Make your class blogs a place to showcase the creativity of your genius students. Post their work, so their audience is not limited to just one–the teacher. For years I have posted student work on our web page, but now I believe posting it on our blog makes our potential audience so much greater than just family and friends.
As Einstein said, “Everybody is a genius. But, if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will spend its whole life believing that it is stupid.” Everyone has something important to contribute. Allowing the students to do so makes the world a better place.
Make a commitment to connect with others in the blogosphere. For one whole year, we “blogged” with a very small audience; it was just classmates, parents and me. I guess I was hoping someone else would read, but we never reached out. Now, I understand that it’s our responsibility to develop readership, so we have begun to make connections with the world by commenting, asking questions on our blog posts, and using Twitter.
As a result of new connections, we are hoping to find partners to collaborate with. This is new for us, and we are just in the baby steps of collaborating. Here is our first attempt.
A curator is a manager. Like in a museum, the person in charge of deciding what to display is a curator. According to the Smithsonian, less than two percent of their collection is on display at any given time. Teachers have a great opportunity to begin to manage for students the excessive information in the 21st century digital smorgasbord. I’m still figuring out what this looks like, but I do know it is imperative to help students learn to manage and organize. In blogging, we have a perfect opportunity to model for our students. I’ve learned that I need to have clear objectives and organized categories and tags. If I want to publish something on my blog, but it doesn’t fit, I might need to wait, or post it on a different blog, or add a new category, which was the case with this post. I added a category called Blogging with Students Challenge. I also learned, through last month’s challenge, that I needed both a professional blog and a class blog–two different ones. Kevin was a good example to me of how this looks. His professional blog is Kevin’s Meandering Mind and his class blog is the Electronic Pencil.
I love the words create, contribute, connect, collaborate, and curate to describe what we are doing in education in the 21st century. I am just beginning this journey. My classroom blog is just one month old, so I am open to suggestions! Do you have any additional ideas for what classroom blogs should be?
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9 thoughts on “The Do’s of Classroom Blogging”
I love your positive list of do’s for blogging. I will definitely share your insights with my staff. Thanks for the great writing!
Thanks, Jana. I appreciate your visiting and commenting. I’ll be curious to see how the list changes as I can experience!
I love your line about being Genius, it is really a good way to think about it. I feel I have a long was to go with my blogging, but this is inspiring to me!
These ideas are great and I love that they are positively stated. Going through the Teacher Challenge, I looked around when completing the assignment to post blog guidelines. I was surprised how many guideline lists were a list of rules stated “do not _____.” As a Positive Behavior Interventionist I find it is important to work expectations for behavior positively. Again, these are fantastic! Thanks.
Miss Rorey, thanks for the nice comment. Like you, I’m working on commenting guidelines and blogging guidelines. You look like you are further along than I. I am getting happier with my Netiquette rules, and I think they are all stated positively. See them at Netiquette Have fun on your travels. I have heard from Cory too, so I liked visited your travel blog at Roreyandcody
Thanks for sharing your “C’s” of blogging: create, contribute, connect, collaborate, curate. Wowser. And thanks for sharing this with my teaching colleagues. I’ve always borrowed from New Media Literacies at http://www.newmedialiteracies.org/the-literacies.php “Create, Circulate, Connect, Collaborate” and added “Consider” to consider others ideas respectfully. I believe you’ve added two of the best for teachers: curate and contribute. If you don’t mind, I’d like to revise my C’s to include your curate and contribute. A great post for newbies and advanced bloggers.
Thanks for sharing the New Media Literacies site. I’ve been trying to figure out where my C’s came from officially. I believe I heard some of them from Angela Maiers first, and added one too. I certainly don’t mind.
Thanks for visiting!
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