Hi -intro slightly long - but there is an important question at the end...
I am not a teacher or an educator nor have I any experience in Psychology. I am a professional communications strategist working with Hi-Tech companies and using my knowledge and skill to help my kids' school.
Recently I became aware of a severe problem of violence with 2 students who go to the 3rd year, they are about 9 years old. Aparently they are terrorising the class to the point kids are afraid to go to school. However, there are not many choices the way the education system is built here, in Israel. So the school has been trying various ways of working with the problematic kids and at the same time working with the whole class.
After establishing the school's web site I have gained an open communications channel with the school's staff. Last week I made a suggestion to the school's counselor to try and create a class blog and work on it with the kids. I explained that my approach is totally communications driven. I think that it can help open communications channels. I might even consider opening a paralel network for the parents. And I believe the open communications can be theraputic. I told her that I want to teach the class some basics about web communications and then give them access to a closed blogging environment, where they get to express their feelings, but will have to do it in an acceptable way. I also thought that we can measure page hits or votes and get to see what do class mates like and what they don't like to read. I think it can teach kids new ways of communications. I also pointed out that this is one big carrot, if we are using a "carrot and stick" method. So it's a privilege and not a right.
I was wondering if education professionals here would like to help me think about this - tell me if you had similar experiences or any ideas you think can help develop the blogging as a theraputic tool.