Have a listen as the It's Elementary team talks about blogging in the elementary classroom with our Guest Jan Smith. Blogging with her students at: Huzzah! http://huzzah.edublogs.org/
Join us, as we talk about elementary student blogging with our guest Jan Smith, a sixth grade teachers in British Columbia, Huzzah! http://huzzah.edublogs.org/ She started with a strictly controled class blog, but found that it lacked conversational give and take. She started again with an edublogs account, and this time she encouraged a more "conversational" approach both in student's writing, giving them a voice, and how they interacted with each other. She started a practice of "gradual release" giving students more authority, and control over their blogging and blogs as they showed responsibility until many had earned their own blogs and were self-moderated. She also shared how she dealt with problems and conflicts when they came up, respecting students, and making them responsible.
During today's Conversations, Lisa, Sheila and Maria shared their classroom horror stories - the things that you wished never happened. They were joined by Jan Smith from Vancouver Island, British Columbia. The folks in the chat room had plenty of stories to share as well.