Thing 4: Blogs

In some instances blogging seems very similar to journal writing in that you can write down your thoughts and experiences. The difference is that blogging is public and generates comments and response that can be encouraging and helpful.

Shelly Wright’s Blog, Synthesis http://shelleywright.wordpress.com/2011/03/08/synthesis/  told how she had become frustrated with her students not being able to take information and apply it to a project. Through her discussion she came up with a plan on her own of how she was going to deal with the problem. Since she had shared this in a blog she received suggestions and encouragement from other teachers.

 Mark’s Edtech Blog: Is this SSR 2.0?   http://www.halcyon.com/arborhts/mahlness/2007/02/is-this-ssr-20.html Mark’s 3rd graders were having trouble getting into reading their books during SSR times so he started letting the students read blogs by other students, their own blogs, and even his blog. He included a podcast of the students’ comments about reading blogs. The students felt that they were learning more by reading blogs, and the blogs were more interesting than their books. It gave the students a choice.

WhatEdSaid (Edna Sackson): 10 ways to encourage students to take responsibility for their learning…  http://whatedsaid.wordpress.com/2010/06/29/10-ways-to-encourage-students-to-take-responsibility-for-their-own-learning/  This posting was different in that it shared some ideas. I was drawn to the Test Less suggestion. Many of us feel that the traditional ways of testing does not actually reflect what the student has learned. Application is a more meaningful assessment. The comments led to another post Learning Matters http://whatedsaid.wordpress.com/2010/05/20/learning-matters/  by the same person saying that it was time to move away from traditional grading. With traditional grading the teacher is in control of student learning. Alternative assessments put the student in control of his own learning. I love this illustration!

Grading

This task gave me a better appreciation for blogs and how they can enhance teaching and promote student learning.

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