3 Ideas for Using Blogs in the Classroom

Reflections – Use a blog for students to reflect on topics, issues, and themes from the readings in the course.

  • Write brief summaries at the end of each unit or at the end of each week.
  • Teachers should respond/comment on inaccurate interpretations. Offer examples and expanding on ideas. Model constructive feedback for students.
  • Engage students by asking them to review and comment on postings by classmates.

A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words – This could be used as an ice-breaker helping students to get to know one another better.

  • Compose a blog post that includes images or pictures showcasing your interests, background, and/or experiences.
  • Write a post describing why you chose those pictures.
  • Encourage students to respond to each other.

Setting and Revising Goals

  • First Draft – Have students compost a 25-word personal goal statement for the course. This statement, identifying what they want to achieve in the course, should be PRECISELY 25 words long, which may take some time editing and refinement on the part of students.
  • Second Draft – Have students revise their goal statement so that it is only 15 words and post their revised statement to their blog.
  • Third Draft – Have students revise their goal again so that it is only 5 words. Have students post their goal statement to