First, I would like to thank Popplet.com for giving me the inspiration for this blog post. I used their free Popplet service to create a small brainstorming bubble map (above). Of course, I couldn’t just leave my thoughts limited to the bubbles, so I decided to blog about it!
I recently read a blog on edudemic’s website titled “How To Integrate Blogging Into Math Classes.” Wow, that seems like a no-brainer, but why hadn’t I ever thought about that before? What a great idea!
As you’ll see in edudemic’s blog (added by Felicia Young), sites such as Kidblog.org provide a safe environment for students and teachers to blog. I think this is a fabulous tool to get students involved in the blogging forum. While I’m not endorsing this website, I just want to share it with other educators out there who may not have heard of it and want to do something similar for their students.
Weblogs have become one of the greatest avenues of communication these days. Students need to be – and want to be – involved in this part of our virtual culture. Blogging will allow them to express their own ideas, discuss various viewpoints on a variety of topics, and, most importantly, practice their reading and writing skills. (Shh…don’t tell them the last part or they may not want to do it!) Also, blogs can be used across the curriculum. Here are some sample blogging prompts:
Math: Reflect on a math concept that was really difficult for you to fully understand. Why do you think it was so difficult to learn? What could have made it easier to learn? 150 word minimum.
Science: We just learned about the three states of matter. What would life be like if there were only two states of matter? Pick one to eliminate and reflect on how life would be different without it. 200 word minimum.
Music: What is your favorite genre or style of music? How do you feel when you hear that style of music being played?
Art: What is your favorite van Gogh painting? What makes that piece your favorite? Color, texture, movement, feeling, etc.
Language Arts: Reflect on some of the books you have read and the characters in them. Which character can you relate to the most? Why?
As you can see, some of the examples have length requirements, and others do not. I believe that should be left up to teacher discretion; some students may need that type of requirement to push them outside of their “comfort zone.”
I see my students blogging in our future. How about you?