Tell Your Friends

I’m not going to lie, I was a little nervous before heading to Medway Middle School this morning.  I’ve never taught before.  Sure, I’ve given lectures to student groups and adult classes, and even family support groups, but never have I had to give the same lesson to four back-to-back classes.

It was a lot of fun!  I had some pretty excellent student engagement.  They even laughed at a few of my attempts at humor.  We learned all about blogging: what it is, what it isn’t, and what kinds of posts there are.  The kids were shown examples of each, and we had some good discussion about what they want their classroom site to look like.

That being said, we are officially launching Beth’s new classroom website:

I couldn’t be more proud.  This should be a one-stop hub for Mrs. Whitehouse to disseminate information to her students and their families.  It gives the students real world opportunity to practice writing for an audience and share those stories and essays with the world at large.  Also, it gives voice to kids’ passions.  I think it can be said that you don’t really know how to think until you know how to write.  Organizing those thoughts and opinions into a solid piece of written content takes effort.

We had each classroom come up with a simple introductory post for their class.  They’re all brainstorming as to which kind of content they want to create, and the ideas are good.

Debates as to which video games are best.  How to select hunting gear for the big trip.  Newsy reports detailing the exploits regarding the Medway Husky basketball teams.  Or recipes.  Or silly cat videos.  One student wants to share his parkour expertise with the world.  I honestly can’t wait.

The classes each have their own Category Page, so you can filter by class, and I’ll be adding hashtags to further filter by student.  You want to see what 7th grade class A is up to?  Easy.  You want to see only what your child has created?  We can do that, too.

I want to extend a special THANK YOU to the staff and faculty of Medway Middle School.  Especially Mrs. Beth Whitehouse, for allowing me to monopolize her entire Tuesday morning before the Thanksgiving break.  Everyone was very accommodating and made me feel very welcome.

Here’s a shot of me in action. Not at all posed. The students were not in any way asked to all raise their hands and look interested, I swear.

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    • Jan MG on November 21, 2017 at 2:40 pm
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    So you’ve never had students before?
    You taught before. And in small ways with your blog. Give yourself credit!
    I think this is great. Anything to encourage kids to learn, share, and write!

    1. Not in such a corporate sense, Mouth! And yes, encouraging writers is of utmost importance. Writers=Thinkers.

        • Jan MG on November 21, 2017 at 4:46 pm
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        I knew you’d react to that!
        Yes. Writers are thinkers. We need more of those.

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