I stumbled upon an excellent blogging project that David Theriault wrote about on his blog. Mr. Theriault chronicles how he taught his students to blog over the course of the year. He gives an excellent breakdown of what he did, what worked, and what didn’t work.
Here’s a link to his post:
I’ve been blogging in my classroom for the last 5 years, so I was intrigued to read about what he did with his students. I have to admit to being quite jealous about his ability to let his students write about what they want to write. This is definitely an advantage to being an English teacher; since you are focusing on teaching writing, allowing the students to choose their subject must be quite effective because it gets them more invested because the topic is something that is meaningful to them.
One of my biggest challenges with history is requiring students to write about the history we are studying. I’ve found that letting them do this in a creative way, say in a story form, helps a lot, but my experiments with giving my students their own blogs have not gone as well as Mr. Theriault’s.
My biggest takeaway is the amount of time Theriault spends actually teaching his kids to blog. It’s so cool to see all the examples of successful student blogs that he posts. Hearing about his successes and failures make him relatable too. I’m sure we’ve all had that student who continually wants to put his/her head down.