The time is finally here in Rm. 2o2 for writers to become bloggers and start their journey into safe and productive digital citizenship! YAY!! Are you excited to hear about it? Let me tell you the beginning of the story (it’s kind of a long, developing one so I figured I’d at least get us started…).
Now, there are many things I like to do year after year, but because the kiddos are different, I don’t do them in the same exact way. As we began to talk about blogging, I did begin similarly to my last first grade class, but of course with this class we had to include some literature, too, right? (more on that when I get to the part about comments!).
After we were clear about what a blog actually was and had some ideas about what we might want to write about, we got started with the writing part. On paper. I do have to admit for these kiddos this was less than ideal. I have never heard so much grumbling in my life!! They didn’t quite understand why they couldn’t jump right to the online part, but it wasn’t an option yet, so they took the paper instead of nothing. LOL
I was happy with how quickly most of them got into their topics, as well as how they were also thinking about how the aesthetics of a blog are also important–the title and pictures should correspond to the theme they are writing about.
On our 3rd day (it took us a couple of days to finish our first drafts of our blogs), we started talking about comments. We discussed about how blogs are like conversations and how there are some general “rules” for how those should go. We role played what it would be like for someone to talk to us and then just walk away when we were finished (Thanks Ella for your help with this part!). We agreed this was not so kind and considerate to the speaker, and this was connected to what it would be like to read someone’s blog and then move on. It’s about the conversation, after all.
Before we practiced this next step, though, we watched the BrainPopJr. video about internet safety, which highlights things that are ok and not ok to say online, as well as what to do if you think something is not right. Next we read a book to continue the idea of being honest and kind.
The discussion around this book was an interesting one. Like the little girl in the story, we thought that telling the truth was always the best thing. This is still indeed true, but we learned from the events of the story that thinking about when, where and how to tell things is important to do. Sometimes things are better to be saved for a private conversation with just one person, rather than being stated publicly (especially on a blog or other online space like Twitter).
After our honesty and kindness lesson, we got busy responding to our friend’s words. This was exciting and I was impressed with how focused and quiet kiddos were while they did this work.
After this first round, we gathered together to share some of the notes we had gotten from other bloggers. Some had questions, and we will deal with those in the second round–when we respond to the comments. So far we are doing so great at this!
Check out what our blogs look like!
So..since it’s all about the conversation–we’d love you to join in! What comments do you have for us? What questions do you have? Maybe a suggestion? We’d love to practice commenting with you! Thanks for reading about the beginning of our blogging journey!!
Can’t wait to share the next step with you soon!
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Can’t wait to read your blogs!
I can’t wait to see how everyone decides to respond to the questions and/or suggestions given from their classmates.
Hope to be able to share on that topic soon ( but maybe after conferences LOL)
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As a first grade teacher, I am very impressed that first graders are blogging! My question is: What else will you blog about? Thank you so much for sharing!