Edudemic.com makes an intriguing argument for student blogs in “Why Teachers and Students Should Blog.” They argue that blogging provides students with the opportunity to improve literacy and writing skills in a way that is relevant and engaging.
Sites like Edublogs.org and Kidblog.org offer ways for educators to create a safe, online environment for student blogging. (Be sure to check district policies before allowing students to engage in any online activity.) However, teachers are much more effective when they have first-hand experience with the subject matter.
The summer affords educators the flexibility to tackle new projects or improve existing skills, such as blogging professionally or personally. To get blogging, you might check out the steps provided by Education Week (“6 Tips to Get Blogging This Summer”):
- Read, read, read (and read some more!)
- Find your writing muses
- Practice virtual backscratching through micro-blogging (Tweets and comments)
- Make a list of everything you want to say
- Say it!
- Go back to the beginning and start again!
Teachwise.com has great writing activities, including the following:
- Writing Prompts & More: First Grade
- Daily Quick Writes For Upper Elementary: A Month of 5 Minute Writing Prompts
- Spanish Writing Prompts – Bundle of 7 Writing Assignments
- She said, “What?” (Writing Dialogue)
- What If…? Writing Prompts Mini-Folders