Connect to the World Through Blogging

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If you haven’t considered blogging with your students, now’s the time! It’s a wonderful way to connect with the world through writing, reading, and responding. You can blog along with any of the Global Classroom projects to enhance learning and collaboration.

I’ve taught fifth grade for the past 14 years, I have never found a more powerful approach to teaching writing than blogging. It creates an authentic audience, and kids actually want to write. I have an easy step by step guide to starting off on a good foot.

Click the title in blue below for a more detailed explanation with resources.

OVERVIEW OF LESSONS TO BEGIN BLOGGING

1. Make paper blogs to teach blogging. Here’s the lesson plan:
Paper Blogs: McTeach lesson

2.  7 Random Facts About Me To teach what information can be on a public space, and what can not.

3. Establish Blogging Guidelines.

4. Quality Comments

5. Start with small assignments

6. International Dot Day: How will you make a difference in the world?

7. Include parents

8. Connect with a couple of classrooms

9.Let them explore with color and style to personalize their blog site

10.Don’t grade! At least not at first.

11.Blog at least weekly                                                                                                         

12.Be Patient

Here’s a great article about the State of Blogging:

THE STATE OF EDUCATIONAL BLOGGING 2013

There are more resources linked here.

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