Happy April 1st, and yes, it is... SNOWING! No Fooling!
So, on Friday this past week I experienced two very different and conflicting emotions. One was great frustration and had nothing to do with students (I will not go there .... here). The other was great pleasure, and this I will share :)
My students (and I) have been so excited to begin their blogs that waiting for their turn on our classroom computer or the few laptops we share during the writing component of the day was frustrating for them. So I decided that we would all venture out to use our old lab of computers (some don't work or have other problems). We found a working computer for each student and began. It was......chaos! If I could have changed course right then without a mutiny on my hands, I would have!
Picture 19 six and seven year old students all trying to access kidblog and begin a writing for the first time (3 students had posted their first blog the day before) with 1 teacher!
But wait, yes, I was the only adult in the room, but soon the students began stepping up and teaching each other. Within 5 minutes the tone in the room went from chaotic to engaged, active learning. 2 students walking around ensuring everyone was on the right site, a couple more finding the colour button for their fonts and soon many students were typing rainbow colours. Someone calling out "How do you do a period?" and "How do you do a capital letter?" again students to the rescue.
When the recess bell rang 45 minutes later groans from around the room were heard. "Can I stay and finish my writing" was the common request. I answered "No, let's take a break, but we'll come back right after recess" ! One beauty of a small school is the access to equipment. So, straight after recess we were right back at it, finishing our first posts. There was no "I'm done, now what?" only "Can I write another one?".
A teacher's great joy is to see her students actively involved in their own learning and helping one another. I am eager to see if the novelty of blogging wares off, or if the desire to communicate their own ideas with a larger audience maintains the initial enthusiasm. Either way, I am very pleased with our new venture into the world of blogging. I am continually amazed at how quickly my students learn when they are truly interested and engaged in what they are doing.