Thursday, July 26, 2012

Blogging with Students

List 3 blog questions you would use with students in your classroom.


  1. 1. Describe the main character of "The Circuit". Name one thing that is very important to him and support with evidence from the book.
    2. Describe the different settings in "The Circuit"
    3.What do you hope to gain from 7th grade English this year?

  2. 1. Write a book review of the last book you read. Don't give away the ending but, did you like it? Why? Why not?

    2. What authors/series have you read that you think the library should purchase? What about these books/series do you think other students would like?

    3. What do you think about the new library. Do you like it? Should I change anything?

  3. 1. Welcome back to school. What was your favorite book that you read or someone read to you this summer?
    2. Who were the author and illustrator of your book?
    3. Name the characters and describe the setting of your book. Which was the main character?
    4. What was the central problem of the book? Was the problem solved and how?
    5. Does the Mountain View Library own this book?


    1. I like the central problem question - the danger if other students are going to read each others' posts is that you may have students give away the ending of the book by discussing how the problem is resolved.

      Asking an opinion question are two might also be fruitful:

      1) What were the personality characteristics of the character you liked best?
      2) Who would you most like to be friends with? What about that character makes him/her interesting to you?
      3) What is it about the author's writing style (or the illustrator's artwork) that make the book exciting for you?

  4. 1.) After you have finished reading Module 1 of Introduction to Psychology, which approach(es)to psychology do you think are most useful today?
    2.) What aspects of Freud's psychoanalytic approach do you think are less valid today, and why?
    3.) In what situations would the behavioral approach work best and why?

    1. These are great higher level questions that would foster some good blogging. To get students to put some effort into blogs you do have to quantify things at the early stages: "You must post a response to each of the 3 questions that I have posted and reply to at least 2 of your classmates' posts." Once this discussions start though, they start to develop momentum on their own.


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