Ideas for blog…

After watching the Spotlight on Technology video with Kathy Martin I thought having students create their own blog where they could interact with each other would be a great tool for a classroom.  As a “partly” departmentalized 5th grade teacher I think it would be a wonderful way to not only have communication between my three mathematics classes, but also a way to integrate writing into math.  A goal that I have set for myself this year is to have my students (math and language arts) do as much writing as they possibly could and if I provide them with a method to write that is fun and interactive then I may reach my goal while the students are able to have a wonderful time learning.

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  1. nusbaum08
    Sep 15, 2010 @ 23:24:48

    I’m trying to do as much writing with my students as possible this year for the same purpose – to make it fun and interactive. Our corporation’s big emphasis this year is on the writing process for writing prompts. In doing so, we should increase our State Standardized scores as well.

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  2. missengelhardt
    Sep 15, 2010 @ 23:37:54

    Thanks for responding! I’m still trying to figure out this whole blog thing. I thought it would be much easier!

    My colleague and I actually created a PLC to integrate more writing and mathematics into our curriculum. I’m hoping that my students this year will be open to writing in math, today I had them write WHY we regroup when we subtract and they looked at me like I was crazy, but after I kept asking WHY WHY WHY WHY WHY, I got a lot of OH’s! (LOL) It was great, then together we worked on a way to write what figured out in a proper sentence. They think I’m crazy for making them write in math, but it will pay off! I think adding the blogs into the mix will really help!

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  3. nusbaum08
    Sep 16, 2010 @ 00:53:41

    Yeah, not too sure about this RSS thing or what we are supposed to do for the application for Week 2. I’m guessing we are supposed to subscribe to other’s blogs and respond to them. But anyways, my students don’t believe they should write in math either. They complain they write too much during reading and language arts so they shouldn’t have to during math. I try to remind them of all the multi-stepped problems they will be doing on their tests throughout the year and I’m trying to help them. Sounds like you are having the same problems in you class as well.

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  4. missengelhardt
    Sep 16, 2010 @ 02:53:55

    Yea, the RSS thing is way over my head. I have the google reader thing, but I just don’t get it.

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  5. Jillian
    Sep 16, 2010 @ 03:24:02

    PS, I have to admit this class is already confusing me beyond belief!

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  6. nusbaum08
    Sep 16, 2010 @ 22:50:48

    I was confused about the whole RSS thing until I watched the video under the tech. resources. Now I believe I have everything figured out. I read your original posting and like how you’d set up a blog for communication between the three classroom. Not only could you communitcate with other grade level teachers about hints and tips, but your students could do the same with any other student and/or teacher. I think I might try this when I get my blog up and running someday in my classroom.

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  7. Dean Phillips
    Sep 19, 2010 @ 18:01:21

    You both have great ideas on how to incorporate a blog into your current content. I bet your kids will enjoy the blogging. It may take some time, but the first time they get comments from outside their school or classroom, from someone from the “outside”, they will see how writing for a larger audience is much more engaging than just writing for their teacher.
    RSS feeds can save lots of time. Don’t give up on them. Google Reader is also my preference. It is a great way to aggregate information that is relative to you in one spot rather than following link after link to numerous webpages. RSS feeds are also a great way for students to conduct research. They can get real time results for their topic using RSS feeds.
    I have subscribed via RSS to your blog…would like to keep up on how you will use this in your classroom.

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  8. Dean Phillips
    Sep 20, 2010 @ 03:58:18

    Jillian, this is my favorite online math resource: http://www.khanacademy.org/

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