How blogging helps with student reflection

Getting students to write a blog post in the last ten minutes of a lesson about what they have learnt and any discussions that engaged them particularly. Also google things in relation to their blog and add the links to their post. This helps students reflect on their learning as it allows them to view other class mate’s options of the lesson and reflect on how they are differing compared to their and discuss this between them. As students know that their work could be read by anyone rather than just a teacher or an examiner. It makes students write out their thoughts more clearly. Blogging also allows you to comment on other people’s blogs and other people can leave feedback on your blogs as well giving you feedback to reflect on. Instead of just learning lots of information and trying to store it in your brain, blogging permits you to think about what they are learning and create a connection. By doing this openly on a blogging website we can reflect on what we ourselves have learnt but also other people’s blogs and get their advice.

Blogs are great when you are reading a book in class and are wanting students to reflect on what they have read. Helping students to develop their skills in analysing and critiquing. It is a quick and easy way to actively reflect on their work while it is still fresh in their mind, this is especially useful ongoing reflections of learning processes. Rather than students just answering a question it inspires them to share their own thoughts and views with everyone. It gives students the opportunity to think about their work and studies on a deeper level. Blogging encourages students to write more and read other people’s work then analyse therefore improving their comprehension skills.  Teachers can also use blogging in the classroom by getting students to tell stories. Then asking them to write a blog on how they can relate to the story through anything that has happened to them or put themselves in a certain character’s position and describe how you would feel and how you would react. This is another way to help students with reflecting. Students find blogging less daunting than traditional literary reflective ways of learning which motivates students to respond putting more thought into their analysis. Blogging about their actual thoughts on a particular topic, book or piece of text. When blogging it prompts students to think about what type of language they are using, how they can connect with their audience and how their words with be portrayed and the impact they would have on people.

References

http://www.virclass.net/eped/ep_tmp/files/17842056574abc85cdf304e.pdf

http://georgecouros.ca/blog/archives/3721

http://ii.library.jhu.edu/2013/11/27/using-blogging-as-a-learning-tool/

https://chip-chase.com/2012/02/08/blogging-with-students-for-reflection-collaboration-and-literacy/

http://blog.whooosreading.org/5-benefits-of-blogging-in-the-ela-classroom/

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