Last year, I wrote a detailed post about the process I follow for setting up student blogs. Click here to find it.
It is getting to the time of year where Kelly Jordan and I are thinking about which students will be the first to earn their own blog.
We are thinking of starting with four students out of our class for 43 grade twos. When they get their blogs going, they can help the next lot of student bloggers with some peer tutoring.
Last year we had 10 students earn their own blog (we started the process later in the year). Of those ten students, many of them are still blogging every now and then. Each week, we get a few of those grade three students to come back and help out our grade twos with blogging.
The star of that group of 2010 bloggers is Bianca whose blog can be found at http://biancasblog.global2.vic.edu.au/
A week rarely goes by where Bianca doesn’t publish a new post. She gets comments from teachers, students, friends and family members around the world and she literally writes back to every single comment. Bianca loves to have conversations with people and get to know her readers.
A large part of Bianca’s success is her family’s support and involvement. Her support now comes primarily from her family rather than the classroom.
As a teacher, it is so rewarding to be able to introduce a student to a medium that they embrace wholeheartedly and get so much out of. I just love being able to plant a seed, teach and support a student and then see them carry on on their own learning journey.
I hope some of my new student bloggers in 2011 continue with the same enthusiasm and dedication as Bianca!
Below is a video Kelly Jordan and I used to show the perspective of student bloggers at our recent conference presentations. This is an unscripted quick reflection we recorded one lunchtime.
Remember, if you want more information about the process I go through for setting up student blogs, check out this post.