Someone posted a request on the Class Blogmeister list yesterday, asking for readers to come and comment on her students’ bloggings. It’s a common request. It’s one of the reasons that you blog, to engage in conversation.
I frequently go in, read, and comment, but not nearly as much as I should, considering that one reason for building Class Blogmeister was that I could learn from teachers and students, some interesting ways that this conversation might be used to learn. Alas, there’s only 24 hours….
It occurred to me, this morning, while I should have been sleeping, that a logical audience for students blog writings might be last year’s 4th graders. If a 4th grade class blogging teacher could arrange for a 5th grade class to periodically read and comment on her students’ writings, it could be a unique learning experience for both classes.
- Students’ blogs are being read regularly (or at least predictably) and responded to.
- The blogs are being read by students who, if they hadn’t written on the subject the previous year, at least they have considered it before.
- Students are reading the reactions of readers who have the benefit of one (or two or three) year’s maturity.
- Students are reading the reactions of readers who are considering the same topic with slightly more depth and sophistication. Slightly is good!
- The upperclassmen are revisiting topics that were covered the previous year(s) from slightly more maturity and sophistication.
Just an idea, from the change in my pocket!