Idea for my students

So I’m getting ready to start a new year in the classroom, and it occurred to me that having my students keep blogs would be advantageous on a number of fronts.  Here are the ones that I’ve hit upon so far:

  1. It gets them thinking about audience, because their writing will be accessible/available on-line.
  2. It gives me a chance to look at their writing in various stages, say a draft of an early poem or just a sketch of an idea that might later become an essay.
  3. It gives me a chance to comment on their work in a different format than simply passing back a paper with a series of scrawled notes (which they may not be too interested in reading) and a grade (which is often the first and last thing they look at when I return papers).
  4. It gives them a chance to comment on each others’ work, too.
  5. Less paper.  (Yeah, I know, but I’m still going to include it on the list.)

The one negative that keeps popping into my head is the possibility that they might not be particularly charitable with one another regarding their writing (or other things).  But clarity about my expectations might help push back against that.

Imagine being a student in the classroom – would a weekly blog post be an assignment you’d look forward to? 

Or, if any teachers are out there, how does this approach strike you?

Published in: on August 25, 2010 at 7:55 pm  Comments (7)  
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