I originally thought this linky could be something you "recently" tried. However, that might be silly because some of the "things" that teachers have "tried" could be strategies or tools that they have been using for a LONG time!
Many readers would love to see how it works (or doesn't work) for YOU!! One thing I have learned from blogging is that there are so many ideas out there and the possibilities are endless! Don't assume that everyone knows about what you do
or that everyone must already use it. That is not the case!
"Tried It" Ideas....
- instructional strategy
- teaching product/resource
- management strategy
- technology tool
- recipe at home
- personal interest/hobby
- ANYTHING GOES!
I thought this linky would go well with my "Flipper" theme since teaching (well, life!) is all about trying out "things" all the time...borrowing and tweaking them to your style.
Sometimes it works out and other times it doesn't!
Posts about things we "tried" in our personal lives are fun to read about too!
As I sit here on a lovely Sunday afternoon watching a Bills game and reading your progress on the November Book Reviews, I am compelled to write about a few issues I have seen occurring on our blog.
1. Please do not use neon yellow, blue, or green for colors when writing your posts or comments. It is too difficult to read on the monitors.
2. You must write using CUPS as you would on paper. The computer alerts you when a word is misspelled by underlining it in red. So, why am I seeing so many spelling errors?
3. Using proper CUPS means that we do not use 5 exclamation points or 3 question marks instead of one on your posts.
4. Don't forget that you will be graded on your book review and this includes proper use of CUPS. There is a time and place to use texting shortcuts but our blog for ELA is not one of them.
5. I will be developing a rubric to grade your use of kidblog over the course of a semester (starting this 2nd quarter since the 1st quarter is over). If you stick to clean, meaningful comments and posts using proper CUPS, then you will receive an A for this writing grade.
Here is a sample book review from Jackson that is a great model for what I expect.
Title: The Sea of Monsters
Author: Rick Riordan
What is this book about? The book is about Percy Jackson who goes on a quest to save his best friend Grover. Grover is trapped on an island that is home to a cyclops. Percy also has to go to the island to get a golden fleece to save Camp Half-Blood.
What is my favorite part? My favorite part is when Percy finds out that he has a half brother that is also a cyclops. He found he was a cyclops in the second chapter of the book. His name is Tyson.
What is my overall recommendation and why? My overall recommendation is that it is a great book and read it if you like fantasy stories or Greek Mythology.
That might be REALLY flattering (THE BEST YEAR EVER....), but it goes against my rules! I also love how they capitalized "LARGE" but not "john". Yep, that has to go!
I am not "trashing" the comments yet because when we go back to the lab, I will bring this screen up and give the students a friendly reminder of what NOT to do:)
It just bothers me because in the time it takes them to write the obnoxious amounts of characters, they could be doing something more educational. I know kids will be kids...
The last post I had the students write about was their New Year's Resolutions. They all worked on them at different times during Work on Writing (I have four computers in my classroom). They had to write about two resolutions, one for home and one for their writing.
The students have done a nice job overall and I may finally get around to grading all of the entries over my spring break:) It takes hours to go through each assignment, make comments, and approve comments from other students. It is worth it though. The students love to see the notes from the teacher and their classmates!
And another...same student who didn't follow the rules about the exclamation points is writing in neon green...a no, no in my rules:) Again, spending too much time on making the text look like a rainbow instead of proofreading.
So, the bottom line is I love kidblog, the students are excited to use it, but its management and the pressure of the state test has taken away some of the time I could devote to it.
However, when and if the PARCC tests roll out, they are "supposed" to be all digital.
I can feel confident that using Kidblog in writing IS helping students prepare for the assessment expectations.
What do you think? Be sure to check back and see the other link ups!