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2008 2008 - Prove It!

Prove It “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.
Bio Page:https://k12online08presenters.wikispaces.com/Kathy+Cassidy

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.
Bio Page:https://k12online08presenters.wikispaces.com/Patrick+Lewis

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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  1. Mathew

    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.

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  3. kim thomas

    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

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  8. kathy

    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.

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