Hello, it’s rainy, but a good day. School today in Boonsboro was canceled due to a power outage, and though teachers still had to work (in the dark, at another school, with a personal day), the quiet and time to “catch up” was a phenomenal surprise.
My master’s assignment? I surely have to learn more about blogging and RSS feed before I tackle a classroom blog. Of course my interest is piqued, but the set-up is pulling me down. I cannot wait; however, until I am savvy enough to enjoy the kazillion options before me. I have already found the blog of “Bea” from France who writes, cooks, photographs, and parents her way across (down?) the page with color and grace. What a wonderful way to travel and at such a reasonable price!
Adding a blog to my classroom will be exciting, and I have decided that my first attempt in the classroom will be used for the initial assignment of the day. A kind of warm-up, review, discussion, connecting thing. (How do you like the formality of my writing?) The Internet is so very enticing, I cannot think of a better way to get students settled, on task, and ready to learn about the next (maybe boring to them) subject of the day.
Here’s the deal. They walk in, log in, and most days find their initial experience in class a surprise. Maybe their instructions are to research or to respond to a prompt. Maybe they find instructions to study for a quiz in 10 minutes. Just imagine the purposeful movement towards the computers when they learn that those who utilize their “blog up” time appropriately have more time for study. Discussion, review of the day before, or even my need for “advice” will add to the intrigue. Of course I will have to be “on my toes,” but no matter the subject, the allure of the Web 2.0 will bring focus to an otherwise normal routine.
I look forward to hearing from you,