KMS Coaches' Corner

 

This topic came up in the Coaches' Clinic blog time.  Post your questions/ideas/advice here.

 


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Cara
10/28/2008 18:01

Several teachers have already found chatting and/or blogging to be an engaging tool for discussion in the classroom. How did you make this work, and what should we think about ahead of time?

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Alicia Britt
10/29/2008 05:47

Michele,
I'm having students do their response journals on the blog right now. They are getting better with it but not all are using it. I have asked the kids for other ideas of how we could use it. No one has responded, yet. I think I may have them do a blog comment on it for a focus. I'm still struggling with the forum and chat room.

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Mueller
10/29/2008 07:38

How do we monitor hooligans from making absurd comments? Please advise in any way.

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Doretha
10/29/2008 07:54

I want to explore ways to use blogging in my class with my students.

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Kelley
10/29/2008 08:51

I would also like to use blogging in my classroom especially while reading a novel.

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Erica
10/29/2008 10:24

How can I use this? I would love to a have some help!

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Cara
10/31/2008 06:57

Hey. I just got out of a conference session on blogging in schools! It was just okay (KMS is SO on top of things already!), but they gave some good ideas for uses in the Math classroom (and other areas).

I propose our next Coaches' Clinic be about blogging/chatting.

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Debby
11/03/2008 09:18

Regarding students posting irrelevant or absurd comments during blog or chat activities: This is a legitimate concern, but can be minimized. Begin with the classroom culture and climate you have created. If your students know that there are expectations and boundaries, they are already positioned to do well in this activity. Prepare students for the activity by communicating what your expectations, and their responsibilities. Secondly, be sure your content and lesson are engaging. The students will want to take part in an appropriate way. Finally there are practical steps you can take to monitor and control student posts: Have a class roster handy and check student names as they comment in a chat. Correct, orally, an off-task query and advise the student that he will be excluded from further participation if it continues. Be prepared for the lesson with questions to feed into the chat to keep it moving.

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Anna Watson
11/09/2008 18:14

I just wanted to let you know that i have really been enjoying using a class blog. I just started, but I was surprised at how many students actually didn't know what one was (mainly my 7th graders). Thanks for all the tips :)

I have mainly been using it as a way for students to share information about group projects. They seem to enjoy it also.

You can check out my website if you want to see what we have been doing. I have not done anything with 8th grade Life Skills yet because of Computer Skills test prep, but I am hoping to start this week.

http://mrswatsonsclass.weebly.com/

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Graham (Ryan style)
11/10/2008 06:23

Cara, could you let me know the ideas you got about blogging in math? thanks.
grahamer

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Erica
12/09/2008 05:16

I started using blogging today in Algebra class and will be using it off an on during the next month or so while we study Systems of Linear Equations. I am pretty excited - and so are the kids! ;-) I will keep you posted.

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Bridgette Reese
01/16/2009 08:39

My 4th block took excerpts from their books and posted them on my blog. They chose really good passages.
www.mrsreese.tk
Today we went to a private chat room and discussed the excerpts.

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Debby
01/16/2009 10:47

Bridgette, that's wonderful! I see that several of your students are reading books that are nominees for the North Carolina Young Adult Book Award. please invite them to post their comments/summaries on the blog of my new media center site (www.kmsmediactr.weebly.com). When they have read and posted about four of the books, they are allowed to vote in the state-wide competition for the favorite.

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Bernard
01/21/2009 05:04

I used these to run a discussion built around the game decisions decisions. Most classes handled it well, and I saw students who never participate in class discussions get very involved using a blog.

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01/23/2009 10:18

I just wanted to share an activity I did today. My students have been writing many poems so yesterday I had them pick one to type up. I then got into their folder, copy and pasted it to a page on my website. Today in class they all got onto my website to browse the poems not just from their class, but all my classes and then they went to the blog connected to the page and wrote comments about the poems. It worked well and the students were very engaged. I spent my time monitoring the blog and if I saw any silly posts I deleted them immediately.
Tip: for the students who cannot have their name on a website I assigned a number for them to post under so I could still hold them accountable.

my website is http://mrsfitz.weebly.com if you want to check it all out!

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Watson
05/14/2009 12:52

Has anyone noticed the new feature in weebly for "managing" your blog? It is fantastic and completely eliminates students being able to post absurd/inappropriate comments on the blog. It allows the teacher to approve each post before it will become visible on the blog.

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Debby
05/14/2009 14:19

Anna, I hadn't noticed that, so thank you so much for alerting everyone! The blog page can be set to allow open comments, or to require approval before the comments become public (or even to not accept comments at all). Yes, this means a little additional hands-on managing by the teacher, but it really won't take that much. And it ensures that you get to read all of your students' posts, not overlooking any. Several of you have been reluctant to venture into blogs in the classroom because of the risk of kids posting something crude or inappropriate. Here's your solution!

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12/05/2012 16:47

It's quite impressive.

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