Journal 12: November 16, 2008

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about what blogging has meant to me. Even though I haven’t written that many posts, I constantly view my world through the lens of, “How can I create a blog entry about this?” A lot of times, thinking about my world that way, and even writing my posts, helps me process what I’m learning and discovering each day. I’ve really forced myself to internalize my experiences a little bit more, and it’s all because of this learning adventure.

This also makes me think about my classroom and the role of writing in it. I am so focused on standards and teaching the kids to write certain types of essays so that I have standards-based data, but I would really love somehow to capture the essence of writing as an activity and a process. In our reading discussions, I think I’ve discussed the work of Nancy Atwell, and I think that what the kids do with writing in her class is what blogging has done for me. I find myself going through so many more steps of brainstorming, drafting, revising, and publishing simply because of this simple activity in which millions of people engage all around the world every single day. I want to find a way to capture this spirit in my class. I’m not sure yet how I will do that.

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