Posts by Susan Davis
A message for parents raising student bloggers. It’s time for you to become more involved in your student's blogging. Reinforce their learning, talk, become their fan and see the big picture.
I introduced blogging to my sixth-graders because I believe it is the most authentic way to teach our students how to write, and I feel enormously gratified that my students themselves recognize how much they have learned through blogging. There is no doubt in my mind that this is one of the best tools we can use to help grow writers of the future.
Until now, I’ve only had those students who can bring their own devices to school to test some of these tools for use in the classroom. Next year, I look forward to having everyone on the same digital page.
At the risk of sound a bit like the parody of our parents who walked ten miles to school barefoot in the snow, I’d say things are a bit different now.
This past weekend, my step-daughter Emily, who works in the field of non-profit fundraising, asked me out of the blue, "Do you you ever teach your students about infographics?" I beamed with pride as I showed off my students' hard work.
I have never minded the messiness of learning that sometimes comes with using technology. I have never believed in a right answer to interpreting a poem or a right way to write an essay, so I’ve never really been frightened by the vastness of interpretation that populates the Internet. Instead, I’m excited by the expanding universe of literature, reading, writing, and language.
This year, Susan Lucille Davis shook things up a bit and explored Dickens’s story by blending a number of venues, both online and face-to-face, that we use to learn today: performance, reading and discussion, interactive games, research, and experience.