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fourth/fifth grade teacher from Calgary, Alberta

Great read! As a newbie to

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Great read! As a newbie to blogging in my classroom I appreciated the insight from another teacher who is using this digital engagement tool. I now build lessons with a blog component to help keep the students engaged. The class has also worked together to establish blogging goals such as proofreading and what makes an appropriate post. Students love it! We have a student away in Vietnam right now and he is using our blog to keep in touch with his peers as well as share his journey with us. Love it!

This is a great entry. I am

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This is a great entry. I am so glad to hear that people are experimenting with innovative techniques to enhance the learning experience. How are you able to balance the blogging activities of your students with their everyday classroom assignments though?

k-12 ELL

blogging

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This so inspiring. I don't know if sites will be blocked in my schools, but i would love to do this with my ELLs.

Preschool Teacher

questions

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Does anyones has recommendations to work with preschool
Thank you.

Secondary ESOL Teacher

As an ESOL teacher, I am

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As an ESOL teacher, I am always looking for ways to increase parent involvement. Often times, it is difficult for ELL parents to come in to the classroom during the day, and phone conversations are challenging due to the language barrier. Blogging offers teachers, students and parents the opportunity to engage in a non-threatening, interactive learning environment. Parents can get a feel of the personality of the classroom, students can show off their work, and teachers can share comments (which mom & dad can read when it is convenient). I especially love the idea of students and their parents learning together. A win-win for everyone!

6th and 7th grade English teacher from NYC

Middle schoolers can blog too!

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I really loved this article. Your title caught my attention because a lot of the students I work with are English language learners. I think your idea is really great and I want to try it. Usually, Ell's are reluctant to write with paper and pencil and this seems like a great alternative. Did you encounter any problems the first time you tried this? I also like the fact that you broke it down into steps that are easy to follow. I teach sixth and seventh graders but I think this idea can work for them just like it did for your fourth graders. Great article!

Great Idea!!

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I am an art teacher that sees about 30 ELL students each semester come into my classes with little or no English in their vocabulary. Teaching art may at times be easier than traditional subjects since a lot of art is non-verbal. However, I am always looking for more ways to connect with my students. Technology has been an area where I have found my students can relate to regardless of their language. I have my students complete a written reflection about their project at the end of the assignment. I am definitely going to offer the option of having students respond about their project via a blog for the upcoming school year! I believe my students will enjoy having the element of technology infused into the reflection. I also believe that students will take more pride in their reflections knowing that they will be accessible on the Internet. I would love to have some international pen pal scenario were students shared their artwork…via a blog perhaps?

I really enjoyed reading this

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I really enjoyed reading this article. I think it is a great idea to introduce students to technology early on because it has become such an integral part of education. We all know that student motivation is key to successful learning, and by incorporating this kind of strategy into our lessons, I feel that students will remain engaged, and be open to others who are culturally and/or linguistically diverse. Today's classrooms are more inclusive than ever, which is why teachers must take the proper steps to exposing students to other identities, so differences are respected and valued. Not only can students learn more about technology through the use of blogs, but blogs can serve as a gateway to the world; a way for children and adults to gain knowledge of other cultures. I hope to be able to use blogs in my future classroom.

Jon, I would like to know what you have your students write about in their blogs; do they have a different assignment each day, and do you tie it to each subject?

I love the fact that you are

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I love the fact that you are looking for more ways to have your English Language Learning student involved in learning English. It may be a bit of a challenge because I know that words alone (no support from pictures, etc.) can be harder when teaching English. What kind of support will be provided for this student? Also what is the students level of English Proficiency? Overall, I love this idea and please post back to let us know how it goes.
-B.C.

Special Lecturer, ESL and Linguistics

Blogging

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I teach ESL at a university and have included blogging for these students, too. It is a good tool to use with any age. The students can interact with each other and with me. I have learned so much more about my students than I would have without blogging. They did need help logging on and getting started, but it was worth the extra time and effort. Besides helping their writing skills, it also helps improve their typing skills, too.

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