Blogging in the Classroom
Blogging is becoming more and more popular nowadays. Although it is not always used in the classroom, it is a tool that helps sharpen a variety of skills. Through blogging, students are able to sharpen their computer, reading, writing, and communication skills. Blogging allows students the freedom to express themselves. After teaching a lesson in any subject, you can have your students respond in writing through blogging.
Once you set up a post for students to respond to, you will be on your way to motivating your students to communicate with each other. Topics can include responding to a post about their thoughts on a book they have just read as a group or individually, sharing something they have learned in a particular subject area, or expressing their opinions on new knowledge learned. The possibilities are endless! Most importantly, through blogging, students are able to respond to each others’ posts. This is what makes blogging an effective learning tool. As students read about what others have posted, they can provide their own thoughts and ideas.
Blogging has been a hit in my classroom. I have used it to have students respond to posted questions on novels we read throughout the school year. I used blogging as a homework assignment. If students did not have access to the internet at home, they could use the class computers throughout the school day. Most importantly, students needed to respond to two of their classmates posts per month. This helped ensure that students were reading their classmates posts. I highly recommend you try blogging in your classroom. Your students will thank you for it!
About Ann Navarro
Ann has teaching experience working with elementary students in the areas of bilingual education, dual language, English as a Second Language, and Reading. Ann holds a Masters Degree in Curriculum & Instruction with a Reading Specialist Concentration. She also has experience evaluating lesson plans for the Smithsonian Institution. In her spare time, Ann enjoys spending time with her family outdoors and reading.