Purposeful Writing

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Students love to share what they can do. In our kindergarten classroom, we have been using KidBlog to share our thinking and learning. We also use KidBlog to help the students become more aware of punctuation, spacing and using meaningful titles. If you asked me in September if I would have kindergarten kids blogging, I would have said NO WAY!! Here we are in May and blogging is the best writing tool for my kids. Not all students post what they write on their blog, they just send it to me and I get to see it. Most kids love to share their thinking and skills. The joy that they display when they know they can blog is priceless. Here are some simple tips to get started.

  1. Find a blog site that works for you: Here are some for you to explore.

https://wordpress.com

http://kidblog.org/home (this is the one I use) (iPad app is free)

http://www.theeasyappcompany.com/app/easy-blogger-jr/

Find the platform that will work best for you and your kids.

  1. Create a teacher page
  2. Create the student accounts
  3. Try the blog out for yourself first
  4. Introduce to the students
  5. Let the students create
  6. Email co-workers or colleagues to have them respond to kids writing
  7. Promote the student work to your Professional Learning Network
  8. Give the students voice and choice for when and how they post to their blog.

KidBlog Tips:

  • When you set up your class list, you need to make sure you add passwords so that they can login.
  • If parents might be uneasy about blogging use student initials instead of names for the username.
  • Start out blogging as a class to get started.
  • Have students share about a book they have read

Blogging allows students to have voice and choice in their writing and the information they share with the world. Let their writing skills shine and their voices be heard.

This is what the dashboard looks like before I approve a post.

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Student work sample from the first day.

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One thought on “Purposeful Writing

  1. Thank you for this! I found it really useful, as I am just starting to blog with my first and second grade students. I like how you give your students voice and choice. I also want to give my students the option to blog, but would like to put some positive pressure on them so that they actually want to share. Do you have any strategies or ideas to try in the classroom? Maybe you already blogged about it. :). Thank you!

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