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Monday, January 11, 2016

Student Blogging! Please Comment.

After I finished blogging the other day, I got to thinking that I really needed to get my students blogging.  Almost as if on cue, the light bulb went off and I realized I was in the perfect spot (curriculum wise) in US History to start blogging.  We just finished learning and discussing the Progressive Era and specifically the efforts/actions/outcomes of the muckrakers.  I decided to ask the students to become current day muckrakers.  (As an aside, I really expected whining, but they were actually excited about it!!)  Below are the students' blogs.  If you have a minute to comment on a couple of them, they would greatly appreciate it.  I have students of all abilities and levels of English Language Learners, yet they all constructed coherent, socially important blogs that hopefully inspire others to get involved.

After the blogs, I asked them to comment on at least four of their classmate's blogs and then asked them to reflect on the process by answering the following three questions..

1. I liked/disliked the blogging exercise because...
2. I feel we should/should not do it again because...
3. This helped/did not help me remember muckraking because...

Here are some of their responses to the reflections...
"I liked the blogging exercise because it helped everyone express what they feel what is personal to that person and how they feel about a specific subject. This also helped show what the other people in the class are interested in, also what they feel about specific subjects. "

"1. I liked the blogging exercise because, it helps get major factors in life out to people.
2. I feel like we should do it again because it helps our world and it also helps with writing skills.
3. This helped me remember muckraking because this is what they did, they addressed problems that needed to be solved to the world. "

"I liked the blogging exercise because it enabled me to compose information for a project in a new way with peer review as well. I feel we should definitely do this again because i think it was a great way to convey information o more than just our class. This was helpful to me to remember muck racking because it allowed me to compare to current society, "

"I really liked the blogging exercise not only because I got to put my feelings out on something I feel that needs a change, but I got to look at some of the things that my classmates felt that was real to needing a change. I feel like we should do it again because it gives us an opportunity to show each other things that need a change, and maybe sometime we could change them. This does help me with muckraking because it helped us ways to try and figure out how we could change something we don't feel comfortable with, or something that we have always wanted to make a change in. "


  1. I think blogging is great and have had my own blog for ten years. I think it's great that you have invited your students to blog too. It's a real audience for their writing and I encouraged my own students to blog. Not many of them did but of those that did they enjoyed the experience. I believe too that it's a great exercise in civics to have an engaged and socially conscious student. Bravo @MrsMurat

  2. Great idea and a perfect point to start the blogging process. Please encourage your students to keep blogging and letting others hear their passion, thoughts, and ideas. I applaud you for starting this process with your students.

  3. Thank you! They are so excited to share their work!

  4. Ms. Murait, it seems more like your light bulb went on! I am so glad Sarah Thomas RT your post. I read your Ss blogs - powerful stuff! I am sure they will never forget this experience and I can see they will be motivated to change things in their world. Highly engaging! Students taking responsibility for and ownership of their learning! Keep that light bulb turned on and keep your students turned up!

  5. Thank you! I will absolutely continue to have them blog!