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Wednesday, July 1

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    Note to self: add resources for introducing blogs to students, esp. student examples.

Tuesday, June 30

  1. page Blogging Elements edited ... time to directly teach directly some of ... elements that identify make a blog ... i…
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    time to directly teach directly some of
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    elements that identifymake a blog
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    impact. Blogs bring this marriage ofmarry text and
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    of communicating to the forefront of writingthat is nearly ubiquitous in the digital age. AsIn addition, students explore the use of images, they should go beyondcan learn to add tags (sometimes called labels) as a simple Google searchway of images (their first impulse, andmaking their posts more searchable. Links emphasize the teacher's first opportunityconnections one blog may have to introduce the notion of copyright/fair use). Their use of images should contribute meaning to the blog post. It can be a an original photo or video or a digital poster created digitally with a drawing tool or other application (whether an infographic for sharing information in a visual format, an online poster, or a graphically enhanced "pullout" quote fromresources on the blog post itself). It can also be an image the student has carefully selected from copyright friendly sources.web.
    Images/Graphics
    {Screen Shot 2015-06-29 at 10.02.37 PM.png} One of the first things that new bloggers discover is the importance of graphics (photographs, videos, and other graphics) to enhance the text of a blog post. Exploring the relationship of the post to an image leads to deeper thinking about the meaning of both. It is important to ask students to include images thoughtfully with their blogs -- to illustrate or expand an idea, to deliver information (as in an infographic), to demonstrate a lesson or steps in a DIY post, to represent an idea symbolically. Finding the right visual enhancement leads students to new ways of searching and even creating images. Students also need to learn to find copyright friendly images, leading to a discussion of Creative Commons and Fair Use. Students should also learn how to credit an image appropriately.
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  2. page Free Posts edited ... engagement with their writing through blogging. as they blog. Students discover ... the…
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    engagement with their writing through blogging.as they blog. Students discover
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    their writing and and their affect on a audiences.an audience. As they
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    build community.
    The first thing

    When integrating blogging into an established writing curriculum,
    the teacher must do is findshould look for opportunities to give students more spaceroom to write
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    but also tocan hold them
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    give students more freedom to
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    Can you open up yourbroaden the scope of writing assignments by addressing your curriculumto address the craft and process of writing in various forms -- without
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    write about?
    Goose their

    Later, you may want to goose students' "free post"
    writing by
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    them challenges. TryAsk them to try a different
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    for instance. RespondOr you might have them respond to another
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    some way (this also encourages(thus, encouraging community and cross-pollination). UseSuggest students explore a new tool to engage youror medium for engaging readers.
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    From Madison's post, "You're Not Invisible," created with Recite.
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    their hands thatif you can!
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  3. page Comments edited ... One Model Susan asks her students to write at least two comments on two different students’ b…
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    One Model
    Susan asks her students to write at least two comments on two different students’ blog posts for each blogging "round." (All comments are reviewed by the teacher before posting, at least at first.) They can write many more if they choose! Commenting is important to blogging -- it makes the writer’s sense of audience real! It also adds the sense of a public conversation, connection, and interactivity. Transparency and choosing one’s words carefully become equally important! Students learn how to extend the conversation rather than just “hit and run” with a quick jab or “like.” We also think its very important that students not assume the role of the teacher when writing comments; rather, they should understand that a public blog is not the place for peer review or personal commentary. We stress that comments should be as close as possible to "error-free" as a way to encourage students to review their work (especially as comments are written so quickly) and reinforce the grammar instruction we have given in class. Students want their comments to be published, so this approach allows us to give a quick personal "just in time" lesson just when the student is highly motivated to improve.
    PossibleSample Instructions:
    Read several other blog posts by your classroom peers. You are required to comment on at least two. Please comment on students other than your best friends. Share the love! All writers want to know that someone is out there listening! A comment is not a critique; instead, it extends the conversation, asks questions, or shares a different perspective, point of view, or interpretation. Each comment earns up to 5 pts. Assuming you earn a full 45 pts. for each blog post, you must complete two excellent comments to earn 100 pts. for blogging each quarter. Comments should be error free, appropriate in tone, and completely lacking in evaluative remarks (good or bad), or they may not be posted. You can, of course, say how something made you feel personally, but should not judge it in a "teacherly" way.
    Try to develop each comment fully according to the following guidelines:
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  4. page Comments edited ... Susan asks her students to write at least two comments on two different students’ blog posts f…
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    Susan asks her students to write at least two comments on two different students’ blog posts for each blogging "round." (All comments are reviewed by the teacher before posting, at least at first.) They can write many more if they choose! Commenting is important to blogging -- it makes the writer’s sense of audience real! It also adds the sense of a public conversation, connection, and interactivity. Transparency and choosing one’s words carefully become equally important! Students learn how to extend the conversation rather than just “hit and run” with a quick jab or “like.” We also think its very important that students not assume the role of the teacher when writing comments; rather, they should understand that a public blog is not the place for peer review or personal commentary. We stress that comments should be as close as possible to "error-free" as a way to encourage students to review their work (especially as comments are written so quickly) and reinforce the grammar instruction we have given in class. Students want their comments to be published, so this approach allows us to give a quick personal "just in time" lesson just when the student is highly motivated to improve.
    Possible Instructions:
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    quarter. Comments will onlyshould be posted if they are error free,
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    (good or bad).bad), or they may not be posted. You can,
    Try to develop each comment fully according to the following guidelines:
    1 pt. -- Makes a simple or obvious statement.
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    4 pts. -- Quotes a specific passage; shares additional information from your experience or other sources; can include links.
    I was interested in your comment that “the dog already knew tricks.” The detail that he sits on command really makes this clear for me. I wonder if you tried any other commands with him?
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    above, plus pursues deeper thinking.
    I really connected with your comment that “the dog already knew tricks.” Mine did too! Did you try any other commands with him other than the “sit” command included in your description? I ask because my cousin is a dog trainer, and I have worked with him a lot. Here is a good website about training dogs to respond to commands: __“52 Tricks to Teach Your Dog.”__ I feel that we can learn a lot about ourselves, especially how we learn, when we try to teach dogs.
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  5. page Comments edited {Screen Shot 2015-06-30 at 11.29.41 PM.png} Comments are a form of public discourse that can be …
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    Comments are a form of public discourse that can be taught, practiced, and learned in a safe space. We all know the kind of comments that embarrass us with their negativity or inappropriateness on Youtube or even in the local newspaper. Comments should not be a form of public hate mail or oneupmanship. Nor should they be meaningless yammering. Comments should encourage the conversation initiated by a blog, not shut it down.
    One Model (Susan's):
    Students are asked

    Susan asks her students
    to write
    Possible Instructions:
    Read several other blog posts by your classroom peers. You are required to comment on at least two. Please comment on students other than your best friends. Share the love! All writers want to know that someone is out there listening! A comment is not a critique; instead, it extends the conversation, asks questions, or shares a different perspective, point of view, or interpretation. Each comment earns up to 5 pts. Assuming you earn a full 45 pts. for each blog post, you must complete two excellent comments to earn 100 pts. for blogging each quarter. Comments will only be posted if they are error free, appropriate in tone, and completely lacking in evaluative remarks (good or bad). You can, of course, say how something made you feel personally, but should not judge it in a "teacherly" way.
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  6. page Comments edited ... Students are asked to write at least two comments on two different students’ blog posts for ea…
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    Students are asked to write at least two comments on two different students’ blog posts for each blogging "round." (All comments are reviewed by the teacher before posting, at least at first.) They can write many more if they choose! Commenting is important to blogging -- it makes the writer’s sense of audience real! It also adds the sense of a public conversation, connection, and interactivity. Transparency and choosing one’s words carefully become equally important! Students learn how to extend the conversation rather than just “hit and run” with a quick jab or “like.” We also think its very important that students not assume the role of the teacher when writing comments; rather, they should understand that a public blog is not the place for peer review or personal commentary. We stress that comments should be as close as possible to "error-free" as a way to encourage students to review their work (especially as comments are written so quickly) and reinforce the grammar instruction we have given in class. Students want their comments to be published, so this approach allows us to give a quick personal "just in time" lesson just when the student is highly motivated to improve.
    Possible Instructions:
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    in a "teacher comment" sort of"teacherly" way.
    You might

    Try to
    develop each
    1 pt. -- Makes a simple or obvious statement.
    I had the same idea.
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  7. page Comments edited ... Comments are a form of public discourse that can be taught, practiced, and learned in a safe s…
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    Comments are a form of public discourse that can be taught, practiced, and learned in a safe space. We all know the kind of comments that embarrass us with their negativity or inappropriateness on Youtube or even in the local newspaper. Comments should not be a form of public hate mail or oneupmanship. Nor should they be meaningless yammering. Comments should encourage the conversation initiated by a blog, not shut it down.
    One Model (Susan's):
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    at first.) They can write many more if they choose! Commenting is
    Possible Instructions:
    Read several other blog posts by your classroom peers. You are required to comment on at least two. Please comment on students other than your best friends. Share the love! All writers want to know that someone is out there listening! A comment is not a critique; instead, it extends the conversation, asks questions, or shares a different perspective, point of view, or interpretation. Each comment earns up to 5 pts. Assuming you earn a full 45 pts. for each blog post, you must complete two excellent comments to earn 100 pts. for blogging each quarter. Comments will only be posted if they are error free, appropriate in tone, and completely lacking in evaluative remarks (good or bad). You can, of course, say how something made you feel personally, but should not judge it in a "teacher comment" sort of way.
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  8. page Comments edited ... Possible Instructions: Read several other blog posts by your classroom peers. You are require…
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    Possible Instructions:
    Read several other blog posts by your classroom peers. You are required to comment on at least two. Please comment on students other than your best friends. Share the love! All writers want to know that someone is out there listening! A comment is not a critique; instead, it extends the conversation, asks questions, or shares a different perspective, point of view, or interpretation. Each comment earns up to 5 pts. Assuming you earn a full 45 pts. for each blog post, you must complete two excellent comments to earn 100 pts. for blogging each quarter. Comments will only be posted if they are error free, appropriate in tone, and completely lacking in evaluative remarks (good or bad). You can, of course, say how something made you feel personally, but should not judge it in a "teacher comment" sort of way.
    DevelopYou might develop each comment
    1 pt. -- Makes a simple or obvious statement.
    I had the same idea.
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  9. page Comments edited {Screen Shot 2015-06-30 at 11.29.41 PM.png} Comments are a form of public discourse that can b…
    {Screen Shot 2015-06-30 at 11.29.41 PM.png}
    Comments are a form of public discourse that can be taught, practiced, and learned in a safe space. We all know the kind of comments that embarrass us with their negativity or inappropriateness on Youtube or even in the local newspaper. Comments should not be a form of public hate mail or oneupmanship. Nor should they be meaningless yammering. Comments should encourage the conversation initiated by a blog, not shut it down.
    One Model (Susan's):
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