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It is interesting for me as a pre-service teacher to see that the impact of something as simple as a blog can influence the way students learn. There are so many ways for students to utilize a blog for learning that there is something out there for every type of teacher. “HOT” is an acronym for Higher Order Thinking which is something that as a teacher is an important goal for children to achieve eventually. By using a blog, higher order thinking skills can be achieved because the blog can be used as an informal area for thoughts, questions, and conversations. It is important for students to feel they have something to say that is important. The blog is a great way to allow all students to have an opinion about a topic, article, book, etc. by allowing them to process what they think, then write it down for others to read. Another huge plus of blogs is that children and teachers can comment on an interesting thought process that someone may agree or disagree on, but there is a record. It is like an ongoing conversation.

There are many types of blogs that can be used for a classroom such as classroom news blogs, showcase blogs, literature response blogs, mirror blogs, etc. Each of these blogs has a specific purpose for being used. My favorite so far has been a literature response blogs. I feel these can be used for literature preparation as well as literature comprehension because children can use this type of blog to look up information to support the text as well as looking up information to introduce the text. This is an outlet for children to tell their feelings about a specific piece of literature and to see what others think about the same piece of literature. There does not have to be a prompt to spur thinking, but it is an opportunity to for students to freely write about any of their thoughts about the literature. This is also a great opportunity for students to comment on other people’s thoughts as well, and the greatest part about it is that the teacher can look on the blog and see what everyone’s thoughts are. Blogs can also be used to facilitate discussion in class. After the students have written a response on their blog, the teacher can look at their responses and find out what the students are missing or something that interests the students. By finding out what the students know, the teacher can stimulate discussion by what he/she is able to find on the blog.

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About Me Preparation

My Likes:

horses, horseback riding

food

***- Minni, Buster, & Laika–Jack Russell Terrier, small, excitable, female, my dog, full of energy, fun

coffee

hot chocolate

flowers, outdoors

books, Nicholas Sparks

***- Kyla, Ashley, Mom & Dad-adorable, fun, full of life, calls me “Jojo”

The Notebook

Mac & Cheese

Pizza

Swimming

***- Snow–cool, white, fluffy, refreshing, snowball fights, snow angels, snow tubing, skiiing

I love playing in the snow with friends

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Overall, I have enjoyed the book so far. The language used in this book is intelligent, well thought out, and easy to understand. ¬†While reading the first two chapters, I actually enjoyed reading the purpose of a Writer’s Notebook, and I feel that it is an important thing to begin at an early age so children can build writing fluency. The purpose of a writer’s notebook is to encourage children to write often, no matter what the subject is. When a child chooses a topic to write in their notebook, it does not have to a monumental concept nor does it have to be something incredibly special. The purpose of this notebook is simply to get a person writing. With a higher frequency of writing, there comes a higher fluency.

I feel that utilizing a writer’s notebook is a wonderful idea so children do not feel that writing is a “drag,” or that is has to be something to dread. My goal as a teacher is to teach the children in my class that reading and writing is something to enjoy. Children should learn at an early age that writing can be an enjoyable task, and it is something that I have had to teach myself as I have gotten older. My goal is to teach children that writing is fun, that it is an outlet for feelings, thoughts, ideas, and creativity. The idea that Aimee Buckner used to introduce the notebook by getting the children intrigued by writing in her own notebook is a great idea because initially, most children feel that it is a waste of time and annoying to write. By showing the children in my class that I enjoy writing and I can connect my experiences with the experiences of others, then children can realize that I enjoy writing as well.

When it comes to the organization of the notebook, I do not feel that there should be a specified organization for each child’s writer’s notebook. By giving the children the freedom to organize it how they please, this gives the the ability to take possession and control of what their writer’s notebook is to them.

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