Tuesday, November 26, 2013
This year for the first time my students each work with their own individual laptop. One of the things we are doing is blogging. Each of my sixth graders has their own blog. It's scary and exciting and new! I love it. At least once a week in class, we have blogging time.
I pick a word from my word jar (filled with rocks I picked at the beach this summer). The words in the word jar come from me and from my students. Once I pick a word, we all blog for about twenty minutes. Ah, to hear the clicking of the keys. I love watching them compose on the computer and I'm overwhelmed with the writing I'm reading. I mean look at this blog entry inspired by the word, Waiting.
I write with them. It reminds me how challenging it is to come up with something I'm proud of...on demand. I model how to start and what to do when you get stuck...I'm not faking either. Hahaha! Monday we blogged. I teach three classes, so I blogged three times today. I struggled with two out of th three. My words were: ASK, DIFFERENT, and SLEEP. Students can write anything, as long as the word appears. My students have written fictional short stories, memoir-ish pieces, book reviews, poems....you name it. I'm loving the creativity.
Here's my blog post inspired by the word Different. It would be great to have visitors and comments on our class blog, Crayons & Pencils! Even better, we'd love to have commenters and readers on our student blogs. They are listed in the blog roll. We'd love to see you. Thanks for reading!