“This is going to be awesome. Tell the two writing teachers I said thanks”. This is the comment from one of my students (a very reluctant writer) to my introductory post in kidblog.org. I told the students that the idea came from the Two Writing Teachers… Today, one day late from my original plan, I welcomed my students to the Slice of Life challenge. March 1 was my first time blogging as a teacher. I was thinking about signing up my fifth grader for the classroom challenge, but decided against it as I am new at this and my students have never blogged before. They do write small moments on their writers notebook, but doing this on line, with the instant interactive component, is something I feel they need to get used. I got some great advice from Linda Baie who referred me to Margaret Simon, who, in turn, recommended kidblog.org as an easy-to-use platform for fifth graders. Based on Margaret’s suggestions I am keeping the blog private this year. I would have never started had I not had their support! I am so grateful to the whole Two Writing Teachers community!
Back to my reluctant writer – at the end of writing and the end of the school day, he told me to ready myself for a creepy blog. He only had a few minutes to write by the time I showed the class how to log in and how to navigate the site. This is what he wrote: “yesterday I found the stone that went in my leg :c”. I can’t wait to hear more!