I teach all of the content areas in second grade. I think there are several possibilities to use blogging in all content areas. To get started with blogging, I would incorporate a blog into my classroom during reading centers. Blogs engage students to think about what they read through the sharing of ideas, asking questions, and responding to other students’ work (Richardson, 2010). I currently have reading centers arranged so that when I meet with a group of students, other students are working on The Daily Five. The Daily Five provides students with choices to practice literacy skills when they are not in my reading group. The options include read to self, reading to someone, work with words, work on writing, and listen to reading. I think any of these literacy activities would work well in a blog.
I would want a blog to serve a couple of purposes during The Daily Five. One purpose I would like it to serve is for students to write about the books they read. Blogging encourages students read and think more critically to prepare for writing (Richardson, 2010). Students could share the title of the book, a few sentences about the book, and whether or not they would recommend the book to their friends. Having students share their reading would enhance the purpose of The Daily Five because it would provide a purpose for reading. This purpose is established because students will know that after they read, they are expected to share what they have read in the blog. Using a blog to share books could also get students excited to know what their friends are reading and give me insight as to what my students like to read.
Another purpose a blog could serve during The Daily Five is a way to respond to writing prompts. When students work on writing during The Daily Five, they are encouraged to write about a topic of interest to them or respond to a writing prompt. I often find that when I give second-grade students a notebook and tell them to write, I see more drawings than writing. Student writing also does not get shared with others due to a lack of time. With blogs, every student has the opportunity to share their work with the class (Laureate Education, n.d.). I could use a blog to create better accountability for students to write and share their work. Student writing is enhanced using a blog because students are exposed to other students’ writing to the prompt and would have the expectation to respond to their peers’ writing. The expectation for blogging responses would require students to post a comment to other students’ posts by stating something they liked, asking a question, providing ideas to improve, and suggesting something they could add to their post.
I am excited to integrate blogs into my reading centers. I think blogging will enhance student learning by providing students with a purpose and accountability for their reading and writing. To further enhance student learning, collaboration with other schools to share learning is something I am interesting in exploring. I think blogs are a great tool to improve this instructional context because it does something different for learning and supports the learning task that students are already doing.
Laureate Education (Producer). (n.d.). Spotlight on technology: Blogging in the classroom [Video file]. Retrieved from https://class.waldenu.edu
Richardson, W. (2010). Blogs, wikis, podcasts, and other powerful web tools for classrooms (3rd ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin.