Saturday, June 30, 2007

It's not over

It's not over, the teaching. Because of web 2.0 and kids blogging, one week into summer vacation I am still:

  • approving writing my students are contributing to the world's body of shared knowledge
  • editing writing my students are contributing to the world's body of shared knowledge

School finally ended on June 22nd for the kids, and I finished up on the 29th - and we were all ready for both those dates. Am I wishing the school year was over? Isn't it over?

It's not over. And I am happy, like a proud papa, that some of my third graders are still blogging, even though I am no longer their teacher:

  • A Little Bit ago - Jonathan (the classroom champion of using the blog as a journal)
  • Lopez Island - Lindsay (blogged from the beautiful Washington State San Juan Islands, perfect writing, as usual)
  • Triple Sleep Over - Logan (unquestionably the most prolific writer in class)
  • On My Mind Today - Casey (best pioneer for using different writing forms on her blog, posting here incorporating feedback I gave her a couple of weeks ago)

Want to encourage these young writers who hold our tomorrows in their hands? Send a comment to one of their posts. You cannot imagine the impact. Ultimately, you will feel it. Thanks - Mark

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posted by Mark Ahlness @ 4:10 PM   4 Comments

4 Comments:

At June 30, 2007 , Anonymous Diane Hammond said...

I'm running into the same thing on our International Space Station Project, iss07.yesican-science.ca. School has finished for most of our Canadian and American schools, yet there are students who wish to continue working with our astronaut onboard the ISS over the summer. I love that the students are taking charge of their own learning!

 
At July 01, 2007 , Blogger Mr Bourne said...

Mark how soon do you get started with your new class?
I'm about to start our summer break and will have year's class for a morning soon,I was thinking of showing them blogging in this session. This will allow them a chance to experience it over their vacation!
What do you reckon?

 
At July 03, 2007 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mark-
I love reading what your third graders are writing. I really would like to start something like this with my third graders in the fall.
Could you please point me in the direction of a starting point?
Thanks so much,
Kristen (teaching in North Texas)

 
At July 04, 2007 , Blogger Mark Ahlness said...

Mr. Bourne, My new class starts up again in early September - they'll get to their blogs by the end of the month. A few of my class from last year are blogging over the summer at roomtwelve.com.

Kristen, As for a place to start, head to classblogmeister.com and click on "documentation". It's free, but it's a bit of work to get it set up. Summer is the perfect time to try it out. Good luck next year.

 

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