I am always telling people how much my students’ literacy skills have improved through blogging.
In my seven year teaching career, I have not come close to finding another medium that helps students to refine their reading and writing so well.
Through advice from the amazing, Linda Yollis, I have been able to set very high standards for my students this year and, with support and practice, so many of them have excelled.
I have provided clear guidelines on writing quality comments which my seven and eight year old students didn’t take long to get a clear grasp of. The students in Mrs Yollis’ class were also role models for my students with their writing (12,000 kilometres away!).
Blogging is authentic. Students are reading and writing for a purpose and genuine audience. It is ongoing. Unlike other approaches to teaching literacy, where you may study a genre or style for a few weeks, blogging is a daily occurrence in our classroom.
Throughout the year, we have been able to discuss the the following (and more) in an authentic context.
paragraphs and organising writing
a wide range of punctuation (commas, capital letters, full stops, brackets, exclamation marks etc)
planning, proofreading and revising
similies, synonyms and antonyms
verbs, nouns and adjectives
using bold and italics appropriately
how to ask quality questions and engage in conversations.