In today’s society where writing of short comments, either by texting or face booking the actual art of writing is taking on new meaning. Students quickly move between grammar and spelling to a form of writing such as “how r u?”
Blogging within the classroom can guide students across the different forms of writing. When blogging within the classroom students are given space to write their opinions, ask questions and gain feedback. Students also begin to understand that once something has been written it then has consequences. Blogging within the classroom is a wonderful tool which helps students to understand that writing is a form of communication which in order for the message to be understood must be communicated in such a way that the reader will understand.
The University of Michigan has written an excellent article on the benefits of using blogs within the classroom.
Whilst I was on the hunt for something that I could connect with from other students I stumbled across Sarah Haines site. On Sarah’s site I was privileged to view an absolute and incredible clip created by primary students about ANZAC day. Even though this has nothing to do with blogging in the classroom, after viewing this clip I cried for hours and felt the urge to show anybody and everybody I come into contact with. Thank you Sarah Haines for connecting me with such amazing and wonderful students.
Whilst trying to develop a unit of work for Assignment 2 and wading through many resources using ICT, I stumbled across New Teachers: Designing Learning Environments. The title caught my imagination and I soon realised that before I attempted my unit of work I should put some thought into how the classroom would look.
Was there a wet area? Was there enough room for students to work and move around the classroom without banging into things? Was there even enough power points in the classroom? How did the natural light fall into the classroom? Was there to much glare when looking at the white board? All of these questions and many more started to flood my brain and this is where the article, New teachers: Designing Learning Environments help to ease the maze in my head.
After reading and viewing the information I was able to go back to my unit plan, use a critical perspective to review what I had already documented and start all over again. In doing so I now have been able to visualise the classroom and how students will interact with the classroom itself, their peers and guests.
My next port of call was to view other students blogs to see what I could come up with. Belinda had a wonderful page with lots of questions and ideas but nothing on how the classroom would run, so I have posted the url into Belinda’s blogs just for another point of view.
A fantastic place to start – especially for beginning teachers.