Blogging for the Classroom
I think that blogging would be a great way to connect with my student's and their parents. I would like to set up a blog each school year where parents and students can look to see what is going on in the classroom. I would like to teach third grade so I am not sure how exactly it would work. I was thinking of getting the students involved in a classroom blog. Each student would get to write on the classroom blog throughout the school year. I think this would be a great way for students to connect with technology and an exciting thing to show their parents as well. Of course if I do something like this, my students may be teaching me how to blog instead of the other way around. I think this is a great way for students to practice their typing skills along with using different forms of web tools that will help them later on in their schooling career. I would hope that parents would take the time to read the blog but considering what I've heard from teachers about PowerSchool and how barely any parents log-in to check their child's grades, I'm not sure how many parents would take the time to read the classroom blog.
In addition to creating a classroom blog, depending on how this 23 things blog goes, I think I would like to set up my own personal blog where I can express my feelings about my first year teaching. I know I would like to read first year teacher's blogs almost as much as I would like to read a well-seasoned teacher's blog. I feel like if I can connect with other first year teachers over the troubles and breakthroughs that I am having and that I am sure they are having, I won't feel so isolated being a first year teacher. Plus when I have a few more years of teaching under my belt it would be nice to look back and see how much I've grown as a person and educator. I think blogging is almost like a diary (that everyone can read!) and a penpal all tied up in one. My only fear with starting a personal blog my first year of teaching would be will I have enough time to dedicate to putting my thoughts down. In the past I was never a very good penpal and never wrote in a diary for more than a week or two. This blog is the first one and so far I am having a good time writing it so we will see!