I'm so proud of my bloggers! Every year I see tremendous growth in the blogging abilities of my students. If I give them a challenge, they take it. If I assign them a task, they do it. Their efforts make teaching so much fun.
So, I'm challenging them again this year to show up for the "Slice of LIfe Blogging Challenge." I found this a couple years ago. Thank goodness teachers share. Without the ideas of my colleagues, I would be lost as an educator. When I stumbled upon this challenge, I was hesitant at first. I mean, how many middle school students try to blog every day. Boy was I wrong. Last year multiple students took on the challenge and surpassed me in it. I'm hoping for the same participation this year.
This opportunity, although challenging, is already making headway in our school. Many students have signed on to blog nearly every day for the month of April. More importantly, though, these students have committed to make writing a top priority in their lives!
If you are interested in the "Slice of Life Blogging Challenge," comment below to let us know you'll be doing it with us.
Above photo courtesy of graygalaxy.edublogs.org
I don't know about you, but I struggle sometimes with receiving feedback. Maybe it's that feeling of being judged, or perhaps it's the whole "peer" thing, but in the past I have experienced true fear when expected to peer review. How do I handle the non-worker? What do I do if someone says something I don't understand? Will they like and appreciate my work? Are they judging me? Am I as good as they are? Sadly, these questions and many more have plagued me over the years.
Consequently, I have also questioned my ability to review others. Who am I to evaluate my peers? Do I even know what I'm talking about? Oh, and my personal favorite (and biggest nemesis), Why would they listen to me? As I watched classes collaborate with peers on Tuesday, I noticed something really astounding - you guys worked at a very high level, meticulously scrutinizing your peers' papers with the confidence of a professional teacher. As my pastor, Bro. Ricky, would say, "Wow!" Of your own volition, you successfully reviewed your peers' papers with authority and professionalism. Walking around the room, I no longer saw you as students fraught with "collaboration fear" but watched you evolve into reflective writers. That's simply amazing.
Speaking of reflection, I wonder - how do you view the peer review sessions? What do you think your role is in peer evaluation? Additionally, what do you think about embedding social media and technology into our workshop? Are there ways I could make this process more effective?
As always, please comment. I love hearing what you have to say!
I'm really excited to share journal writing with you guys
this summer. Please keep me updated with your progress. Try really hard to journal at least once a week (or more if you want). I'll be sure to keep you updated on our end-of-summer writing/reading party. Have fun and don't forget to tweet me @KimmyB96 #CCMSWrite.
When you're ready to update me, either comment below, share on Twitter, or both. Let's Write!
Kimberly Barrett, NBCT, Bachelor of Arts of English, Murray State University, 1996, Master's Degree in English, MSU, 2004
Blessed to teach since 1996, I spend my days doing exactly what I've always wanted to do . . . TEACH. I'm married to the sweetest man alive, Tim, and we have two beautiful babies, Marlee Rose and Beau Wilson.