From Mrs. Hamman:
Welcome to the first blog post of our 2016-2017 school year!
This blog started in the fall of 2011, so this is now my sixth school year of blogging with my students. We’ve made so many connections with the people who read and comment on our blog and it’s taught my students much about reading, writing, and digital citizenship!
I wanted to make a shift in the way we use our blog for this year. In the past, students and I brainstormed ideas for posts based on the activities we do in class, then I put the ideas together and wrote the bulk of the blog posts. Although sometimes students wrote guest posts, most of the students’ own writing came in the form of comments. This year, most of my students were introduced to blogging early in their school careers by the fabulous K-4 teachers at our school, so they have some experience with the way blogs are written. I’ve decided I want to make a shift and have students do most of the content creation on the blog. Our goal is to have the students collaboratively write at least one post per month, and have individual student contributors write posts later in the year. I’m looking forward to seeing what the students produce!