The class blog challenge is going to be a regular feature of the Creative Education Blog which aims to help first time class bloggers to get their class blog established, and to help develop the blogs of those teachers and classes who have some experience already.
Before we get started
Some of you will already have set up a class blog and may even have been blogging for quite some time others will be brand new, but whatever stage you’re at I think it’s important to bear in mind your reasons for blogging.
So why are you here?
I know that there are plenty of people who just have a kind of gut feeling that ‘class blogging is a good thing’ and that they want to be involved but they haven’t necessarily evolved their ideas on specifically why they want to get started. Others meander along for weeks on end giving class blogging a go, but without clear aims and objectives it can sometimes sputter and fail.
10 reasons why class blogging may benefit your class
I’ve written before about why I think class blogging is a great idea. I’ve summarised the headlines here just to get you thinking about the aims of YOUR class blog;
- Kids Love it!
- It’s great for improving literacy skills
- You can easily showcase pupils work
- It can help you embrace the wider community
- Parents can get involved with the class
- It teaches independence
- Learning to comment is an exciting way to learn to form fill
- It’s great for collaborative projects
- It’s accessible to kids of all abilities
- Everyone is learning and everyone is teaching
Set some objectives for your class blog
So bearing in mind some of the benefits that class blogging can bring to your pupils, and your own ideas and hopes about your class blog for this year, your challenge this week is to think about the objectives of your class blog. And if you’re an established class blogger, think about what your objectives are for this class/blog / year specifically. By having a clear idea about WHY you’re here, you’ll be in a far better position to ensure your blog is a useful addition to your teaching armoury rather than simply a time-filling exercise.
This Week’s Challenge:
So as I’ve said, this week’s challenge is to set the objectives for your class blog this year. Bear in mind the specific pupils you will be working with and adapt your objectives to meet their needs.
Try to think of at least 3 clear objectives for your class blog and share them by commenting below (or share a link to your personal blog if you’d like to blog about it). When setting your objectives think too about what success will look like – will you be able to measure it and how?
It can always be tempting to skip these initial steps, but in my humble opinion, this is one of the most important steps in setting up a successful class blog so please take time to think about it and share your ideas. I will also be using your objectives to help determine what some of the future Class Blog Challenges will be so there’s an extra incentive!
Get the conversation started on Twitter
If you’re also on Twitter please tweet about your objectives using the hashtag #classblogchallenge or tweet me @creativeedu with your ideas and I’ll retweet them.