18 July, 2012
I got some exciting news last night, as @deputymitchell began putting the quads together for next year’s first term of quadblogging. I found out which schools we will be blogging with next year.
If you do not know what quadblogging is, have a look at this page which explains it.
The class I shared last year quadblogged for a term and loved it. It had a great impact on many of the children in the class and also had other children from around the school wanting to join in.
Like many schools which are encouraging children to blog, we at Uphall, wanted our children to blog to develop their literacy skills further. How does blogging do this?
Well, it provides an audience for children’s writing. We found that this lead to children writing more high quality pieces of writing (wanting to get positive feedback) for their audience. It also lead to children writing their own pieces of writing at home which we published on our creative space. Many of the children who did these pieces of writing at home were children who did not always find writing the easiest thing, and were sometimes the children who did not enjoy what we might consider ‘normal’ homework.
Blogging also provides reasons for reading and following up reading with quality commenting and questioning. The class loved reading what they had written and through quadblogging love reading what their new found friends around the world were learning about in class. The children’s commenting skills developed rapidly from ‘This is good’ standard, to highlighting what they liked in a piece of writing and asking pertinent questions for the author to answer and develop in their piece of writing. They soon realised that the higher the standard of their comments or questions, the more likely they were to get an answer which interested them. This developed their inferential comprehension considerably.
As well as the literacy skills of the children developing, their thinking skills developed, as they began using some of the higher order skills of Bloom’s Taxonomy – analysing, evaluating their own and others blog posts and then creating their own posts .
The children’s own aspirations were raised as they saw the standard of work their peers were producing around the world were creating and how their own work was enjoyed by people around the world also.
Finally, and maybe most importantly, the children were incredibly motivated by the blogging and quadblogging experience. They were all keen to write and keen to read what had been written, leave increasingly more sophisticated comments. There was a buzz around the classroom and a collective ‘yes’ if we found time to quadblog in class time! It was a great experience for the teachers and children involved and it had a great impact on children’s literacy skills who took part.
Have a look again at the page and if you haven’t signed up yet, do so before it’s too late for this quad.
Finally, a huge thanks to David Mitchell for thinking up and organising such a great project!