St. Nick sent a great gift today! A little snow to enjoy and a great post on whatedsaid my favorite educational blog for teachers. The point was – what are the benefits for students when they do a blog for class?
The students themselves compiled their own reasons and you can read them – there are ten reasons given. I will give you one reason by a twelve-year-old student from Australia noted on the list:
” It helped me as a thinker because when you look at other people’s posts on sometimes the same thing, they could be very different and it could change your thinking too. Because you realize the other side of what you are thinking. My comments now are very different to the start of the year because now I am thinking as a learner, but before I was more thinking about being a worker at school. This helps a lot because you want to get something out of what you do – that is what a learner does, a worker does it to get it done.” (Josh)
Wouldn’t you like to have your students say this about some activity within their class I have heard numerous teachers and principals note that they just wish students found joy in learning and not just look for the grade! Well do your own experiment and see what you and your students experience.
It is my belief that we may keep learning from happening if we don’t reach for real learning experiences beyond our own classroom walls. Of course that might be very difficult for a teacher to do if that teacher does not keep learning beyond their own classroom. Open your doors and windows (not literally) and make connections for yourself and your students. This may be where real learning happens and not just work!
If you have done a classroom blog with your students – what did they think about it? What did you notice? Did you keep it totally walled in for your class only? Why? Would you do it differently?
Have you had a conversation with your students regarding what they learned and what they liked in learning experiences? Perhaps your comments to this post will help us all learn the importance of student blogs and other experiences.
Let us hear from you and create our own list of benefits or challenges.