Sunday, September 8, 2013

How Can Blogging Help Reluctant Readers

Thinking about why you should integrate blogging into your classroom. I am cross-posting a blog post from Edudemic, and including a link to the very source by inserting the link in the post's title.

Let me know what you think after you read through the post. Do you agree? Are you motivated to start blogging in your classroom?

Blogging is an excellent way of motivating students to develop a lifelong love of learning. Writing is a process, and when they learn this they will be able to apply the skills to other aspects of their schooling. It also teaches children critical thinking skills which will help them as they progress through school. Along with the development of critical thinking skills, students will learn how to conduct research. This is particularly important both in school and in the workplace they will one day take part in.

Blogging Helps Students Connect Different Subjects

This is particularly important when it comes to reluctant learners. Some children shy away from certain subjects, and it can be difficult to get them involved. Blogging for kids will make it easier for them to make connections between what might at first seem to be dissimilar subjects.

Blogging Encourages Students To Sort Out Their Feelings

In fact, writing is so important in this regard that it is considered a form of creative therapy. Children who blog regularly can reduce anxiety and increase self-esteem. With blogging, there isn’t the same pressure that some children feel with social media. Instead of it being a popularity content, blogging becomes a personal and positive way to express individuality.

Blogging Improves Writing Skills

With constructive feedback, it increases grammar skills and helps children with the development of sentence structure. Learning these skills in an interactive way tends to be more effective than sitting through dry lesson plans. Increased grammar and writing skills will also help improve a student’s reading level. This increased comprehension will make reading more exciting and is likely to create a lifelong love of the written word.

Blogging Helps Students Find Their Own Voice

Most teachers can attest to the fact that students who only complete writing assignments as homework tend to turn in assignments that all sound the same. Blogging on a regular basis teaches children the value and importance of their own creativity.
Blogging will excite students about writing, and exciting them about this valuable skill will help encourage them to participate in it on a regular basis. They will learn that polished expression does not just magically appear, but instead is a step by step process that gets easier the more they practice.

What Can Teachers Do?

One of the most important steps is to share your own enjoyment of writing and blogging. Kids love to emulate. If they see your enjoyment, even the most reluctant writers are more apt to make an honest attempt. Seeing you write and knowing it’s something important to you will have a greater impact than if you simply talk about it with them.
Providing feedback is another crucial step you can take to make blogging both fun and inspirational. Remember that feedback needs to be genuine, because most children will be able to spot it if it’s not.
The best way to provide genuine feedback is to make it specific. Telling a student that you like his or her work and that they are a good writer will not be as effective as informing a student that their sentence structure or research skills have improved.
Encouraging your class to write each day is another effective way to motivate a love of writing. Writing on a regular basis will help your students develop ideas and also to understand the evolution of idea development. Do not forget to leave enough time in the classroom to answer any questions that might arise.
Students can find blogging to be exciting, and they will use the valuable skills they learn throughout their lives.

Memorble Quotes to Spark Discussion, Writing, and Other Activites

Quotes often get the juices flowing. These memorable quotes from Oscar-winning filmmaker Hayo Miyazaki might be ones you can use with your students. The graphics alone accompanying the quotes are also worth showing students to stimulate classroom activities.

Although I have embedded the slides here, you can also open the presentation on SlideShare, where I found them, and show them that way, or embed them in your own class blog or website.

Let me know if you would use any or all of these slides with students.

To advance through the slide show, click the arrows, and also feel free to open the show on Slide Show if it's easier for you to view them there.

13 Memorable Quotes from Hayao Miyazaki Films