This is a photo of a student from a retired English teacher’s blog who now works for Web English Teacher. English teacher and blogger, Carla, blogs about everything from learning disabilities to the benefits of iPads to writing lessons. She blogs to offer her thoughts and passions to others. She even discusses the irony of a student who used improper grammar to express how well he scored on his report card, “I done real good in your class.” Her blog is a way to express thoughts such as the discrepancies between what assessments tell us and what reality tells us. Her links on the right hand side are a useful feature. With titles like “Cheeky Lit” and “Moving at the Speed of Creativity” any fellow English teacher would be excited to explore them.
This is a photo from Mr. B-G’s blog on English education. It was posted with a caption that explained how he took the students from his last period class for a five minute walk before asking them to focus on a major writing assignment.He believes that blogging is a way to connect with his students in a language they respond to -by using technology and social media. He believes in the value of reflection, “there’s real value in finding the time to record and reflect on events – both in and out of the classroom.” Blogging is a way to do just that, while on a global level that is highly accessible to both students and fellow teachers. Mr. B-G’s blog is extremely thorough, with links to many videos on literature, vocabulary, technology, and social comparisons. This is a site you can’t cover in one sitting as its resources are endless.
Whether you love the beauty of his language (like me) or loathe his archaic diction, Shakespeare is a staple in the English curriculum for high school students. The following blog would be helpful for any teacher who is faced with the arduous task of teaching Shakespeare in their classroom. And although it is not limited exclusively to “the Bard,” it offers fun anagrams, riddles, and parodies while providing useful links to recordings of various plays and lesson ideas. The blog’s creator, Bill (coincidence?), focuses on the importance of technology in the classroom and offers many ideas for creative interpretation of Shakespeare. He blogs to share his self-proclaimed obsession (as noted on another page) with all things Shakespeare -from the plot lines to the freshly arranged phrases. He also blogs to share his opinions and the things he finds interesting, inviting others to join in on the creation of his interactive site. It seems that Bill believes by using what speaks to students today (technology) perhaps teachers can help them to reach back in time to one of the greatest writers of the English language. http://www.shakespeareteacher.com/blog/about
I believe that blogging will be important to my teaching career because it forces me to understand and use technology. Also, it will give me a working vehicle through which to reach my students. It is exciting to watch my students get excited about creating their own blogs, which we are doing on Monday. Wish me luck!