This year will be my first attempt to use blogging to compliment my instruction. I have created a CBM page for the class to use, and I am roaring and ready to go!
My students last year were fairly tech savvy and most were immersed in the internet and internet communication on some level on a regular basis, so I trust that this year's class will be similar.
Here is the thing.. How can I start? How do I set the stage for blogging and provide structure, knowing that later on I want them to be empowered and take on ownership for it?
Also, how can you introduce blogging without having it feel like 'another assignment' or 'extra homework'? For example, my students will be keeping a reading response journal for the literature that we explore, but at the same time I want them to write blog entries on their thoughts as well. I would imagine that initially I would have to provide a strong structure for them, but ultimately I would want them to freely express their thoughts with each other. I would want them to write about things that they are curious about, what they are thinking about a character or the plot etc...
I start the year with a book (realistic fiction). It lasts about 2 weeks or so, and by using it I introduce what good readers do and how they think. I generally don't assign homework from it, as I have the sole copy (I remove other copies from my library) and I read it aloud to them.
If I just did a mini lesson on predicting, I would love to have them blog their predictions and justify it using something from the text.
So after all of my rambling.. how do you get blogging started each year?
Sorry this is so long... originally it was only supposed to be like a few sentences ha!
Thanks for any help,