Hello everyone! Happy Thursday and can someone please slow this summer down?!
I am enjoying my relaxing and projecting and crafting, but WOW.....June is almost over which means I only have July left and thanks to all my wonderful friends in bloggy land joining my Monday Made It I am not going to have nearly enough time to get it all done!!!!
Seriously, thank you all for making this linky so fun!!! I already can't wait until Monday:))) Also, you don't have to join on Monday....you can join anytime during the week. Each linky is open for a week and then I start the new one:))) I still have to get my projects done for Monday!!! EEEK:)
Ok, I wanted to chat today about KIDBLOG.org Have ya heard of it??? Do you use it????
Well, I hadn't until about the last few months of school....then one of my friends/coworkers put a little blurb about it on our school email. I clicked on it ever so briefly. Just briefly though.......here's why......follow my lovely little mind if you can...................I don't have time to do this.............I have a million end of the year assessments.............we have projects to finish.......it's something new...........did I say assessments...........
the list goes on and I've shared in the past that I am a stinker when it come to change. (welcome to inside my head!!!! Sometimes, not a pretty place!!) Even if the change is awesome, I need time to process......(I have issues, I know)
THEN my friend asked if I had checked it out and set up my class, she had and her kids loved it. I told her "No", for the reasons above and she said "Oh it only takes a second". Well, thanks Ash for the push!!!!!
People, it does only take seconds and my kiddos LOVED it. I introduced it to them and just started with a blog post for them to comment on. It's a wonderful tool to use during and after read alouds. We used it right after I finished reading The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane. They all shared what they liked or didn't like about the book. They loved reading each other's comments and I feel learned from each other too. I stuck this right into our Daily 5 routine. We didn't do it everyday, just every once in a while. When we used it, I plugged it into the Work on Writing segment of Daily 5.
Another way I used it was with literature circle responses. Again, they commented on a post I made about how they liked literature circles, tell me about what they were reading and if they could change anything about literature circles, what would it be? (a really neat sidebar here.....I had several comment that the only thing they would change would be to make it last longer. WHAT?!!!! AWESOME!!!! Thanks Book Whisperer!!! If you haven't read this book, you MUST)
Finally I taught them how they could do their own blog posts on there. There are SO many ways to utilize this in the classroom!! Also, the teacher has total control of what is posted. Every comment has to be approved. I told my kiddos this and they took it very seriously and their comments are responses were very thoughtful:) It's wonderful! So give it a look.
Once last neat thing about using this.......I have been able to stay in touch with my kiddos this summer and their reading. I told them I would be posting over the summer and would love for them to check in. Well, 3 of them have! I know, I know.....only 3? Hey, 3 is better than none:)) It's neat! First they checked in to tell me what they are reading. 2 of them started their own blog posts asking their classmates for book recommendations for the summer:) I love it!! Go give it a looksy:) If you already use it, I would love to hear other ways to incorporate it in my classroom:))
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