My fellow reading teacher, Michelle, was the first to start up student blogs on kidblog.org. I was reluctant to follow her lead with my students because I had many doubts and questions:
Won't they treat kidblog like that social media site where we all spend too much time?Michelle set a high bar for her intermediate students, and they dove into blogging head first. I was in awe. I was jealous. I set up blogs for my students immediately! I have been so tickled by they amount of ideas and writing and wonderful conversations my students have been having. They are so appropriate and respectful. They want to share so much about themselves.
What will they blog about?
Will they have enough to say and will it make sense?
The best part of this blogging experience came when a current student logged into the kidblog site from home. Her older brother is a former student of mine, and he was instantly curious and tried to blog when she walked away from the computer. My student was frustrated, so she asked me to add her brother to the site. Now this former student, the one who would cringe each time he picked up a pencil, has posted all about his favorite basketball team and their path to the championships.
He has become a writer. My students now see themselves as writers.
I couldn't be prouder.