A community blog

October 2, 2008

Blogs work their way into the classroom:

Braden Hickok likes to read the new blog at Yorktown Middle School — Yorktown Reads — to find out what is on the minds of his classmates.

“It’s kind of cool to see what other people think about things,” he said, “especially the quiet people who don’t talk much. And it’s helped me keep an open mind about books we are reading in class, like Stargirl.”

This is the first school year for the blog, which was launched by Amy Carney, language arts teacher.

It has had multiple teaching benefits, said Carney, who teaches 148 seventh-graders.

“I wanted something fun that combines reading, writing, literature — something that doesn’t seem like work,” she said. Reading books and writing about them in the blog increases students’ reading vocabulary, comprehension and fluency, and encourages them to read novels and literature books.

It sounds like the electronic equivalent of passing notes back and forth, talking in the hallway,  having study group discussions and maintaining a class bulletin board all at the same time. I think this sort of community building is what some people thought blogs out here in the real world would accomplish. It hasn’t exactly worked out that way unless your definition of a community is limited mostly  to people of like political minds getting together to taunt and ridicule people of the opposite political persuasion.


5 Responses to “A community blog”

  1. Bob G. Says:

    Be careful, Leo…that sounds like cyber-segregation.



  2. Doug Says:

    >>It hasn’t exactly worked out that way unless your definition of a community is limited mostly to people of like political minds getting together to taunt and ridicule people of the opposite political persuasion.<<

    Without the “political” limitation, that’s what a lot of communities are — people of like minds doing a variety of things, prominent among which is putting down people who are not of a like mind.

    “Good” v. “Evil,” “In group” v. “Out group” — basically “Us” v. “Them.”

  3. Leo Morris Says:

    Don’t forget “me” v. “all the rest of you”

  4. After reading the source article…. I think this is a great idea as it is teaching children the basics of communication, debate, and elevating the level of discourse/dialects (no Ebonics). Now if the student take what they learn from the blogging experience with each other and their teachers we might actually have proper discourse in our schools again, and who knows maybe a student newspaper with limited administration oversight again.

    Ah the good old days when students actually ran and cared for the the school they attended.

  5. gadfly Says:

    Helen Reddy will join you Leo …remember

    You and me against the world
    Sometimes it feels like you and me against the world
    When all the others turn their back and walk away
    You can count on me to stay

    And when one of us is gone
    And one of us is left to carry on
    Then remembering will have to do
    Our memories alone will get us through
    Think about the days of me and you
    Of you and me against the world

    It might be good to know that she has ended her singing career and now lives in Australia where she is a practicing hypnotherapist and motivational speaker.

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