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February 25, 2011


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What a fantastic post about what you are doing with your students. It sounds really worthwhile even if exhausting for you. I think I am going to need to follow your good example and get my students to do something similar. I think a most difficult thing is the txt versus the comment. Some of my new student's are in the txt mode yet!
I enjoyed the plate techtonics. I think the people of Christchurch, NZ have experience of what they do when they decide to move! Great work Marsha and I am leaving with a few things to try out!


Dear Kathryn,
I think our exchange just proves that we are smarter when we work together than when we work alone in our silos. Thanks so much for all your insights and hopefully we'll find ourselves a strong partnership for the benefit of our students.

Rock on!


Sheri Edwards

I'm trying this again; my captcha didn't work:

Marsha, it's taken me about two hours to read your post I think I clicked on every link you provided and read each student's blog. I am so impressed with their work! their talent! their writing! their ideas! My goodness, you have inspired a whole tribe of writers! I know my students will learn from them, so I wrote a blog post about what I learned from them:

Can You Hear Me Now?

Thank you for sharing such thoughtful student work. YOU are truly an amazing mentor.


Dear Sheri,
WOW...thank you for the compliment. The kids have worked so hard and they are getting better. It's hard....I think I"m coming to realize how important it is to talk and talk and talk...taking notes, processing ideas through prewriting...and then start to write in public.

As I said...I'm a science and math teacher. Here I find myself in social studies and turned to blogging as way to help them understand the social studies better AND now a teacher of writing. It's all so overwhelming and I never know if I'm helping them. I just try to be honest and hope for the best.

I will go and read your post and I'm anxious to trade/share what we mutually learn. Together we will be stronger and better for our students than we would be separately.

Thanks again for stopping by.


Anne Mirtschin

When I came to this post, your sketchfu had me entranced. It immediately makes the point that blogging is online and global. With some of the things you and your students are doing, they will attract a global audience. I agree that we all love getting comments but it is hard work to write comments back and yet, this is such an important element. I love it when comments lead to conversations and therefore increased learning.Do you keep track of the comments that your students actually make?


Dear Anne,
I'm not sure what you mean? Do you mean if I keep track of the comments they make on other people's blogs? I don't. I wouldn't know how to go about doing that. Do you have a suggestion for that?

I do ask them what comments they've made....we report out in class and they talk about what they've been reading and commenting about. That fosters conversations between my own students in our classroom.

What we struggle with the most is getting enough time and access to computers. We just get a vibe going and then there's no time for another week or longer..by the time I get the kids back to the lab, they've lost interest.

It's not perfect but it gets better every year.

Thanks for leaving this comment. I feel like we have a back and forth under development.


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