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Never Quit Growing


Each year I set at least one goal for myself as a teacher.  Last year it was to start my own blog and to commit to blogging each week.  I did it!  The previous year it was to embrace technology in my classroom.  I did it!  This year one of my goals was to find a way for students to publish their writing-to have an authentic audience.  I did it!
What our blog looks like

I started off my looking into online literary magazines.  I tried a few but it was a lot of work for me.  I had to upload each piece of student writing.   To do that for every student was extremely time consuming.  Also, it wasn't visually appealing.  So I spent last weekend researching a solution online and found one-a classroom blog!  After researching a few student friendly platforms, I decided on kidblog.org.  It is reasonably priced, EASY to use, and students have numerous choices of avitars and banners. They can also comment on each other's writing!  
Student comment on another student's writing

Student comment



This platform is quite safe.  Only my classes or people I invite, can see the content.  Ideally, my students will blog with students in other classes here at Diegueno.  Better yet, they will share their writing with students in another state or country!

My students uploaded their first piece of writing this week-the six-word memoir they wrote at the beginning of the year.  Eventually, the blog will serve as an online portfolio.  Students will be required to post some pieces but also be given opportunities to post what they want to post.  

I am beyond excited about this latest endeavor.   My students seem really excited too!

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