I wanted to share a piece of writing that one of my students completed today about Rainbow Looms that in all honesty..for a grade 2, blew me away! At the beginning of the year, this student used to ask me how many sentences he had to complete for writing. I am really excited because he is using the writing forms taught in class in an authentic way in his blog posts. Looking at the attached post…I have proof that writing for a purpose and with an intended audience where a student knows that people will be reading his/her work and will be receiving comments truly does motivate and engage some of our students.
I am also using these posts for providing descriptive feedback to students. My comment to this student celebrates his success and builds on this student’s individual writing goals. I am also finding that this direct feedback is very helpful to the students. I also find it interesting that they are wanting to share the same types of feedback to their peers (e.g., I overheard a student tell another student last week that they should reread their posts before they publish to make sure all the words make sense)…what amazing conversation pieces!
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Cole’s blog looks great! I’ve found that a simple comment, just one or two meaningful sentences is all they need to stay motivated. One thing I struggle with staying ahead of is trying to stay ahead of their replies to my comments and each others comments. For example, if another student asks Cole a question in a comment, and he continues the conversation by replying to that comment…. how will the other kid know when to check the response?