Last term @pruthomas and I presented to our school about the benefits of student blogging. Since that time many of the teachers at my school have become really receptive to the idea and most of our junior classes now have their own blogs on the way.
The class and student blog that I write along with my co-teacher @pruthomas reached its 3000 visitor for this year in July, which has been exciting and satisfying for us and our students. So I have been thinking and reflecting about what it is that makes student blogging such a great experience for us all and why my fellow teachers are also becoming excited about their class blogs.
I think @suewaters really summed up my thoughts in a recent comment when she said: blogging isn’t about publishing content — it is about sharing, communicating, connecting and challenging each others beliefs so we all learn together.’ I think that those words really sum up the whole purpose of personal and student blogging for me and are why I am convinced that whatever the reader numbers, blogging is a hugely worthwhile exercise.
Communicating: We pose questions to students and parents, we report and reflect on excursions and incursions. Occasionally we have set the students and the parents homework.
Connecting: We have connected via Skype with classes in Victoria and New Zealand, both of which we found through blogging. Our students regularly read and comment on other student blogs. When we studied Global Connections we posed questions and received answers from around the world.
Challenging: Our students are challenged to create, think, learn and respond through blogging.
I too am sharing, communicating, connecting and challenging myself with blogging.
Communicating: I communicate when I read and respond to my own comments. This has opened up a whole new level of thinking for me.
Connecting: I connect when I read and respond to other people’s blogs. This has allowed me to grow as a learner and a teacher in so many ways.
Challenging: I find the process of writing a coherent blog post a challenge. Trying to ‘set the tone’, to write enough but not too much and to truly reflect as I do it, is a challenge. Not to mention finding the time in my already over busy life!
I blog to grow and learn and so do my students. I share, communicate, connect and challenge myself and so do my students.Do yours?