I am thrilled to be back for year 2 of the blogging project (especially since we are given more time to work on our blogs). The kids are very excited to create their individual blogs and I feel more comfortable leading through the process of setting them up this year. I have also enjoyed helping the Gr. 4/5 class at my school begin blogs too. It will be interesting to see what those students are doing when they enter Grade 6.
Since attending George Couros’ workshop on blogging, I am being more adventurous in the posting of student photos (and now show more than the back of their heads). We are still spending LOTS of time on digital responsibility and keep that at the forefront of every discussion we have about our blogs. I hope that the learning about responsibility students gain this year will remain with them when they leave my classroom.
I hope that posting their learning to their blog will become second nature to my students and that I will be able to use their blogs when I assess their work. I hope that the feedback given by myself and others will help students continually improve their skills and challenge their thinking. I also hope that it gives my students more opportunities to share their learning outside the classroom. It will allow myself and their classmates opportunities to get to know the “whole” student. Hopefully the public nature of the classroom blogs will allow students to make connections that open doors to more learning.
My plan for professional learning:
1. Using Blogging to its full potential.
IF I model to students and make thinking and purpose visible for posting and commenting THEN students should apply this and use blogging as a tool for conversations and not just a place “to post”.
2. Using Twitter and Blogging to connect students to resources and people outside the classroom.
IF I model using Twitter to share student blog posts that involve inquiry based questions that promote discussion THEN we should have more connections happening between our classroom and the global community.
3. Pursue more indepth conversations on student blogs through commenting.
IF I model to students to check their own notifications for new comments, respond to those first, then go on to their peers blogs THEN students will have the time to respond to questions/comments and extend the conversation.
My Professional Learning Plan:
Professionally speaking, I’d like to refamiliarize myself with the whole blogging practice. In addition, I’d like to integrate the various apps we’re using in my room into our blog posts throughout the year.
My Plan For Student Learning:
In terms of my students, I’d like them to develop their own tech. “workflow” and organizational system. They’re well aquiainted with mine, as I model my “process” quite regularly. I’d like them to use mine as a springboard for developing their own efficient process.
Making The Classroom Visible:
The blogging platform is a great way to make what goes on in our classroom visible to parents and the world at large. I’m a bit uneasy with the entire world having access to my classroom, but I’m open to the idea. I do like the idea of transparency, as long as making it happen is (eventually) more efficient that what I’ve done in the past.
My Plan For Sharing:
Each time we meet here at thr LRC, I will share what I can about various apps and my success/learning around integrating the blogging project into my 5/6 classroom.