Wednesday, March 4, 2009
From one Blogger to another
During our "in person" night class tonight, I asked Dean how I could demonstrate my actual work that I am doing with Stephanie Olson's class. He wasn't going to go to these blogs and see the postings and responses I've had with these kids, so I've got show it myself. Here's probably the best example I can give you. The young girl was blogging about her ultra sound check she had for her shoulder because she's a swimmer. She posed me a question and I answer it with a short but simple to the point answer. I also used hyperlinks with examples for her to use. Anyways, you can click the image to see for yourself. Most of the time I leave casual comments so they know they have more than just one audience. I also pose questions from the stories they tell in their blogs so they know I actually read them and am interested to read more. Another thing I do is let them know about their grammar and encourage them to revise their blogs before posting, as they can correct it right away, and is a good habit to get into.
I'm having a great time so far reading these kids blogs. They're so bright, and know so much already. They post photos and short clips in some of their blogs, which is way ahead of me from when I was in grade 5/6.
Reading their blogs also remind me of some of my own journal entries. How they write, and the silly little details they get stuck on writing. It's super nostalgic.
An observation I came about within these blogs are the topics the kids chose to write about. Boys tend to write about video games, sports, and toys. They're also short blogs, that get straight to the point. The girls write about their friends and events that take place inside and out of school. They're lengthy and always include photos. It's kind of funny to see the comparison. Neither is better or worse, it's just an observation.
So far, so good!