I wanted to share some great things my students are doing on their kidblogs this year and why I feel so strongly about incorporating blogging into your classrooms. Blogging is not a new thing in my classroom, I show my students my own blog quite regularly, we look at other grade 1 and 2 blogs, and the students in my class have learned how to leave a quality comment on other blogs. Here is our anchor chart, "How To Leave A Good Blog Comment." (Thank you to Kathy Cassidy for the inspiration.)
People have asked me, "Why do you have your students blogging at such a young age?" I have a very long winded answer to this question but I will try to keep it to a minimum....
Global AudienceWhen students blog there is a global audience. The engagement piece has skyrocketed for my students. Boys that didn't want to write in my class are writing posts from home now. I show my students the cluster map on my blog and they are amazed how many people from all over the world have come to our classroom blog. We all like getting hits or comments on our blogs. It is the same for our students. Their faces beam when they see someone has commented on their blog. I make sure all students receive comments on their blogs. I will post a comment, classmates post comments, parents, other teachers and I have asked my PLN on Twitter on occasion to post on my students' blogs. Students' are not writing solely for their teacher or their class to read, they are writing for the world to see!
Currently, my students are writing personal narratives on their blogs. They have added page numbers and I have corrected mistakes by putting "Editor" underneath their sentences and written the sentence correctly while conferencing with them. Mrs. Soltauheller's grade 2 class from British Columbia is doing the same thing. Our students have been buddied up and are commenting on each others' stories. We are working on asking questions to add details. One of my 6 year old student's in my class screamed the other day because she had 8 comments on one of her posts. If that isn't incentive to write, I don't know what is.