Why students should blog

Student blogsI plan to write more posts about student blogging since it is something which needs to be carefully considered and implemented. No teacher should feel like they have to do it when they do not feel sure. I strongly believe teachers should blog for at least a year themselves before they consider introducing it in class. I have been blogging for 10 years have learnt a lot in that time which means I am on very safe ground when it comes to looking at the educational benefits of blogging. Even so, I have only introduced it into class in the last two years and with a great deal of prudence. I am happy with what I have now achieved ,though, and so are my students. They can look at their blogs as the place they will go to produce good quality pieces. They like seeing each others’ blogs and are very encouraging of each other. So, in a nutshell, what are the benefits?

1.They can watch themselves grow over a year. So can I.
2.It gives them a sense of purpose and puts our classwork into the big picture context.
3.They can be appreciated outside the classroom and see what they are doing has global value.
4.They learn skills for lifelong learning.
5.They become more creative and independent in their work.

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2 Responses

  1. This is a really brilliant way to validate students’ work and increase their confidence.

    • It does make it real for them. It isn’t just work , it’s an important “something” in the real world. They can see how much better they get too and there is a back up of everything they do. It does give them an authentic sense of self.

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