I am grateful to Troy and Kristin for sharing their thinking and for starting a conversation. As educators, it is important that we consider diverse ideas and add our own voices.
Below you will find the blog post I began on Wednesday. I hope that you will add your voice to the conversation by leaving a comment.
What We Learn About Writing and Writers from Blogging
People ask me if I miss being in the classroom. Without a doubt, I do. I miss reading about new ideas and trying them out in my room. I miss the freedom and flexibility of arranging my schedule to accommodate trying out these ideas. And I miss having 24 or so students that I know deeply as readers, writers, researchers, and mathematicians.
However, on the positive side, I get to work with lots of different people and kids at my school. That means there are more opportunities for conversations about reading and writing and my favorite subject...how do we authentically weave digital reading and writing into our workshops. It's an exciting time for me right now at Scioto Darby. Teachers are looking for ways for their students to write for an audience that extends beyond their classroom walls. I am surrounded by people who want to learn and are excited about the opportunities afforded by digital reading and writing. These experiences and conversations give me time to reflect on what I know about reading and writing and help me refine my instruction. I am continually learning through this whole process.
Most recently, I've been able to get into some first grade classrooms to get them started with blogging. This week, I had the opportunity to visit Mrs. Shell's room. As I always do when beginning a new type of writing, I share some mentor texts. For that day's lesson, I shared this blog from 6 year-old Em.
Together, we wrote what we noticed and we came up with the following list:
- Writers can blog about different things.
- Writers write about what is interesting to them.
- Writers choose a catchy title to grab their reader's attention.
- The words tell a story.
- The picture matches the words.
- Writers can have a conversation through comments with their readers.
- Writers can share their writing with people far away.
As you can see from this list, there is some deep thinking going on with these 6 year-olds. I, for one, am excited to watch them and their teacher as they begin to use technology in other authentic ways within their day.
Thank you to Margaret Simon from Reflections on the Teche for hosting DigiLit Sunday. Please visit her site to read other posts about this topic and other ways teachers are using technology in authentic ways.