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My next project: Student blogs

With the IH young Learners conference looming and that project nearing [stay tuned for the final version to be posted] it’s completion I have started to think about what is my next challenge.

For a while I had heard stories of teachers who had used blogs as a way to encourage their students to write. Being a blogger myself I was immediately attracted to the idea and thought that, although it might not be for everyone, it might really encourage and help some students.
For a while I had been mulling over some of the potential issues and discussing them with various people at the school. However, yesterday after a very productive conversation I could finally see a course of action for implementation and agreed to do this as an extra work project. (aka I’m not going to get paid anything extra for doing it)
The goals are:
  • To encourage students to write more via a meaningful means of communication
  • To provide a permanent record of their work which can later be used in a portfolio
  • To have their work peer and teacher commented on (for both content and language)
  • To set extra (optional) out of class tasks
  • To encourage creativity

and possibly some others which I haven’t thought of yet. [any ideas?]

If you have any experience of helping to encourage students to blog then please leave any resources or advice you can.

If you want to follow my progress and thought process then you can track them on the page.

About Chris Wilson

I'm an English Language teacher based in Krakow, Poland. I enjoy writing, using technology and playing the Ukulele.

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