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“We Like Our Blogging Buddies: The Write Stuff with Blogging Mentors”

Kathy Cassidy, Moose Jaw, SK, Canada

Bio: Kathy Cassidy is a grade one teacher at Westmount School in Moose Jaw, SK, Canada who is very interested in the ways in which technology can support and augment the learning in her primary classroom.
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Patrick Lewis, Regina, SK

Bio:Patrick Lewis is an associate professor of Early Childhood Education at the University of Regina, SK. He is a storyteller-teacher-researcher interested in good stories.
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Presentation Title:” We Like Our Blogging Buddies: The Write Stuff with Blogging Mentors”
Description: In the winter of 2008, Patrick Lewis’s university class of pre-service teachers were blogging mentors for Kathy Cassidy’s grade one students. This presentation talks about that collaboration and the results of the research that was conducted about the effect this mentorship had on the students’ writing.

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22 Responses to “Prove It
“We Like Our Blogging Buddies: The Write Stuff with Blogging Mentors””

  1. Mathew says:

    Very cool. Sounds like a high tech version of what we did in kindergarten as dialogue journals. We saw even with paper and pencil that kindergardeners would write more when they would receive a response to their writing from an adult.

    In the way I was trained to do this, instead of correcting students’ errors we would model correct spelling/punctuation in our responses. So if a student was writing about Disneyland and spelled it wrong we would be sure to include the word Disneyland in our response.

    Thank you for your insights and explanations on your process.

  2. […] also attended “We like our Blogging Buddies: The Write Stuff With our Blogging Mentors.”  What struck me about that conference was how many students can have access to university resource […]

  3. kim thomas says:

    There is one teacher in our district that has utilized blogs in his classroom and he is getting the link to this presentation as soon as I get done writing this comment. This will serve as a validation for what he is doing. Now the challenge is to get more teachers to take that first, risky step towards trying this in their classrooms.

    My question….do you think having a text to speech reader would help save time? Kathy commented on how long it took her to read the blogs to her students and I thought this might prove beneficial. Of course you loose the discussion that takes place with the student but that could still be done, just on a more limited basis. Would like to hear thoughts from others….


    Kim T.
    Phoenix, AZ

  4. […] that Patrick Lewis, the university professor whose class is participating in this, and I shared about this experience as part of the K12 Online […]

  5. […] I thought you you right away when I saw this idea.  It basically is blogging buddies 1st grades with college students.  I could see this with highschool students. I seemed like […]

  6. […] Here is a link for the K12 Online Conference that Dr. Patrick Lewis and Mrs. Kathy Cassidy put together about the blogging buddy program. […]

  7. […] chose to view “We Like Our Blogging Buddies: The Write Stuff with Blogging Mentors“  by Kathy Cassidy and Patrick Lewis. It was absolutely fabulous! This conference was about […]

  8. Great exercise for both types of students. Hope to implement this with 12th grade creative writing students and 2nd graders.

  9. kathy says:

    This sounds like a great idea. I would like to try this with the book buddy program we already have in place at our school. I have already seen how much both age groups benefit with buddies and the writing would just be a further extension.

  10. […] second conference I attended was “We like our blogging buddies: The write stuff with blogging mentors” – in this conference the instructor, Kathy Cassidy, discussed how her first grade students were […]

  11. […] I Like Delicious Things: An Introduction to Tagging and Folksonomies (Chris Betcher) as well as We Like Our Blogging Buddies: The Write Stuff with Blogging Mentors (Kathy Cassidy and Patrick […]

  12. […] so much screen time to “develop their writing skills.” See: Kathy Cassidy’s “We like our Blogging Buddies: The Write Stuff  with Blogging Mentors.” Just as much, if not more could be achieved “off-line” and would also help the child to […]

  13. […] – 5:00 We Like Our Blogging Buddies: The Write Stuff With Blogging Mentors Kathy Cassidy is a grade one teacher at Westmount School in Moose Jaw, SK, Canada.  In the winter […]

  14. […] other in the social media landscape. Kathy Cassidy’s presentation from K12Online08, “We Like Our Blogging Buddies: The Write Stuff with Blogging Mentors” remains one of my favorite examples of this ethic. How wonderful it would be if we see more […]

  15. […] blogging buddies from the University of Regina drove to Moose Jaw to meet us.  These big buddies have been commenting on my student’s blogs since January, so my students had been […]

  16. […] “We Like Our Blogging Buddies: The Write Stuff with Blogging Mentors”. by Kathy Cassidy and Patrick Lewis on….. […]

  17. […] conference. There were many sessions that interested me.  One of my favorite session was called Prove It ” We Like our Blogging Buddies: The Write Stuff with Blogging Mentors.” One presenter was a first grade teacher.  The other one was a college education professor who […]

  18. […] On my reader, I ran across a post from Two Writing Teachers.  It gave some notes from Kathy Bomer’s keynote address at the Writing Institute Conference.  The title was “What About the Child Who __________?”  She made several good points.  We basically need to meet the child where they are.  The child has to write badly before they can write well.  I believe, and she reinforced, that all students should keep a writing journal.  Sometimes it is the quick writing that you feel doesn’t have to be perfect that creates the greatest gift.  As a teacher, we need to see a child’s strenghts and not always focus on their weakness.  We should not assume they can’t do anything.  It is important to give the students a reason to write.  It is best if they have an audience.  This brings me to publishing which can reinforce to students that they are writing for a reason and they have an audience.  It’s also important to celebrate the kid’s writing with them.  Focus on what they have done right and not just their errors.  I recently saw a session from the k-12 online conference that used blogging between first grade students and college students who were pre-service teachers. It gave the first grade students a reason to write which influenced their attitude toward writing and motivated them to work hard not to mention improved their writing.  This may be something you might want to read.  It is called Prove It  “We Like Our Blogging Buddies: The Write Stuff with Blogging Mentors.” […]

  19. […] to technical aspects of writing (punctuation, spelling, . . .) and how little went to ideas.  (We like our blogging buddies) I wonder if that is because typing is typing and it just does not resemble the beautiful, awkward, […]

  20. […] all my students watched and reflected on "A Peek for a Week – Inside a Kiwi Junior Classroom," "We Like Our Blogging Buddies: The Write Stuff with Blogging Mentors," "The Heroic Journey Project," "Sharing: The Moral Imperative," "Teaching Kids to Think Using […]

  21. […] video for Assignment Three, “We Like Our Blogging Buddies: The Write Stuff With Blogging Mentors” , is about a first grade class in Canada that became blogging buddies with a group of college […]

  22. […] the positive side, watching K12 Online Conference, we see kids learning and growing from technology. From sharing their experiences and using […]

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