Saturday, October 31, 2009

Another Teacher Commends Blogging

Read from one 6th grade teacher, named Teacher of the Year, practical ideas for using blogs in the classroom. Bill Ferriter of North Carolina offers these practical suggestions at Teacher Tips for Blogging in the Classroom. Here are some of his summative points for effective student blogging:

  • Emphasize the important role that quality writing plays in successful blogs.
  • Consider naming and training student editors.
  • Require that students use pseudonyms while writing.
  • Include—and regularly explore—visitor maps and statistics on page views.
  • Remind students to respond to commenters.

Check the link above to access his full description, covered in a 3-part blog, about tips for integrating blogs in the classroom. There are also numerous links off of Ferriter's site worth exploring. This might be one site you want to bookmark for future reference. Let us know which advice that Ferriter offers you find useful. His blog is sponsored by Teacher Leaders Network.

Photo of Bill Ferriter is from his blog site, The Tempered Radical at the Teachers Network Site, whose logo is also displayed.


Jess K said...

This was a really interesting article. I liked many of the ideas and suggestions available for teaching students how to blog, and how to write online appropriately. Oftentimes students do write online carelessly. Explaining to them how important the written word is and how to express yourself with it in a meaninful way is a part of our language arts curriculum and should be addressed online as well as on paper.

Anonymous said...

I really enjoyed this article. I like the idea of having some key students help with writing aspects and grammar isuues on the blogs. It is a good way for peers to help one another. I also like how blogs provide the ability for students to have their thinking challenged over-and-over again. I also like how blogging incorporates reading and writing in a reflective manner. Jess, I also agree with you that as teachers we must emphasize to our students the importance of reviewing the writing process steps (brainstorming, drafting, revising and editing) before publishing to the blog just as they would if they were using pen and a piece of paper.

Liz R. said...

Liz R. posted the anonymous quote on 11/7/09 at 6:30 AM.

Bill Ferriter said...

Hey Jess and Liz,

Glad that you liked my suggestions for blogging! Anytime I write something that is helpful, it's equal parts rewarding and humbling.

So let me ask you a question: What did I leave out in my posts? Are there any topics that teachers new to blogging would need to know before they were willing to dive in?

(It's that "thinking challenged" thing that I value the most about my own blogging!)

Feel free to leave a comment over at the Radical. I'd love to know what's missing.

Rock on,

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