So, I decided to try something new today. I
am was am on my blog, in my classroom, modeling how I write my writing in front of my students. The experts say this is one way in which good student writing evolves. However, I am quickly learning that this is not necessarily true at this moment. Maybe it's because it is Friday, or maybe because there is a strange shift in the energy equilibrium---I can tell you, by looking at them and listening to them my boisterous bunch that they are completely uninterested. I have heard "I hate blogs" muttered at least four times in the past few minutes, but I also hear chuckling as I type this, so someone is paying attention.
Luckily, in one of my later classes, a
I am modeling my thinking (and remind them who my audience is), my writing, my random thoughts and some of my revisions. Even as I create several drafts, this entry is definitely not an example of my best work. (Did I mention I'm in the middle of reading Kelly Gallagher's new book Write Like This?) In the very first chapter he makes it clear that that is the point. "We want our students to understand that writing well does not happen by osmosis..."(p. 16).
As I continue, I am also demonstrating how to use Blogger features. I change the font, the
Problem #1: Blogger is very overwhelming to middle school students. One of the students suggest www.webs.com. After checking it out and playing around with it in class, this seems to be an easier blog site for
Problem #2: Pay attention to computer/classroom arrangement. I have a SMARTboard and it is connected to my classroom desktop computer. As I
Problem #3: I should model some type of drafting of ideas first. I am going cold turkey--which I believe is good to model too but I had difficult time which took too long. In the age of technology, some of us can draft as we type, but some of us need more guidance. It hits me that a graphic organizer or brainstorming strategy should be provided for some of my students.
Problem #4: I didn't emphasize the notion that "all first drafts are lousy" in all of my classes. I've stated it in past writing lessons taught
Insert loud sigh here.
All in all, this was quite the learning experience and I vow I will try it again--but not on a Friday.