I have to admit that I struggle to grasp why we educators do certain things. One of those struggles is the way we approach “blogging” in the classroom so I’m hoping someone could shed light on this topic.
What are your favorite blogs? You know, the ones that you actually look forward to the next post. What are the qualities that make these blogs that draw you in and keep you coming back for more? I’m willing to bet that our qualities are similar: unique delivery, engaging, relevant, etc.
Since many of us can agree on those qualities and “get” what makes a blog worthwhile, why do many of us fail to use these as models when asking students to blog?
When I look at a large percentage of blogs in K-12, I see much of what we love and enjoy about blogs sucked away. I see us killing the power of blogging for students.
Whether blogging has become merely a discussion forum, prompted writing, storage area, etc., the draw and energy of the blogs we read are missing in the ones done by students AND NOT BECAUSE OF THE STUDENTS.
Part of me believes we want to retrofit everything into what we know in a square peg in a round hole sort of way and we fail to use great blogs as models for teaching students when creating and sustaining their blogs.
What makes us want to make everything fit into our preconceived notions of school assignments and activities? Why do we value and appreciate the great blogs that are out there BUT FAIL TO USE THOSE AS MODELS for students and their blogs? Why do we use models so far removed from what we consider powerful?
This is not to say that every teacher is intentionally doing this but the reality is that it is happening.
I get that not all students will be writing at the level of the blogs we read but that isn’t what I’m referencing when I say use those as models. I mean modeling the qualities that draw us time and time again to blogs.
Again, I’m struggling here and trying to work through why we “make everything school worthy” and in this case, blogging. What is interesting to me is that most of us, I assume, would not want to read these types of blogs and that is the rub.
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