Over vacation, I did some writing for Intel and posted an article on the power of an audience when it comes to being an author. My article talked about some of the tools we use in the classroom to get students more excited about writing.
I started blogging as a teacher about 8 years ago, and have really enjoyed how it has allowed me to connect with my students, their families and the greater teaching community. Through blogging, I have experienced the power of reflection, the importance of revising and the challenge of editing. The more I write, the more I change what I write.
Though 95% of the comments I receive on my blog are spam, I do enjoy connecting with others when they take the time to say hello. The questions they ask and the ideas they share make me a better writer and remind me that we are all connected in some way.
Your children are becoming stronger writers already – I have seen tremendous growth since September. I hope you have, too!! They are more willing to write for longer periods of time, and some of them are starting to truly edit and revise their writing to make it stronger. I am encouraging them to write on computers and devices more and more to be better prepared for the challenges that lie ahead. They are meeting those challenges head-on.
Perhaps having a broader audience inspires them to compose beyond expectations. Check out the following posts from Room 303 students:
Receiving responses from family and friends means a lot to students. Occasionally, we also receive comments from others. This one came from my friend Jerry, who runs cybraryman.com, an amazing resource for educators. Jerry visited my class a few years ago and inspired my students to love writing. I am sure his advice has had a lasting effect on those young writers…
If you haven’t already, be sure to visit your child’s blog at the link on the right. Ask questions, make connections and leave comments for them – they will love it!!!
We have a busy week ahead – We are creating our Science Fair boards. If you did not purchase a board through me, please send one in with your child. If students are not using time wisely during the day to prepare, I will send them home with extra work to do in order to be ready for Friday.
We are tissue-less in Room 303. I’ve been bringing in boxes, but if you have extras, feel free to send some in, too! Pencil-cap erasers would be welcome, too! Thank you!!