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Student Learning


Mastery: (Think "Pink" - Follow the M.A.P.)


Moving from Teacher Directed to Student Centred

Progressing through steps for learning a language: Listening / Speaking / Reading / Writing

Listening/Viewing - discuss what a blog is, watch videos (activate/develop background knowledge)
Speaking - reflect on blogging videos, discuss purpose of having a class blog (encourage "buy in")
Reading- visit and do (Modelled / Shared / Guided / Independent) Reading of other class blogs or blogs of interest,
-start noticing how blog comments are formed and develop success criteria as a class
Writing - have students progress from writing Comments to later writing Posts (using class created success criteria)
Gradual Release: Modelled / Shared / Guided / Independent Writing

Writing Process for Blog Posts Have students consider R.A.F.T. (Role, Audience, Form, Topic)

Plan / Draft / Revise / Edit / Publish

Plan - can use paper/pencil, word processor, work space on blogging platform or online graphic organizer
Draft - use the "new post" space in the dashboard
Revise - have students use success criteria, read their work aloud to a partner who can't see the text, have it "read" to them (Kurzweil, Mac Speech)
Edit - use an editing checklist developed by the class, be sure to use spell check in dashboard
Publish - submit to the teacher for review - you will see "Pending" instead of "Draft" in your dashboard when work is handed in.
Taking your blog from static (web page) to interactive - start with newsletter/agenda/information type content, then work toward eliciting ideas/thoughts from students and then have them make a point to encourage conversation with their posts

Autonomy: (Think "Pink" - Follow the M.A.P.)


There are 4 essentials for Autonomy:
Time -students choose when to work on the blog (during Writing Workshop, Language Centres, at home in the evening)
Task - students decide on topics for comments and posts
Technique -various forms of writing can be used (recount, persuasive, report, expository, narrative, procedural, etc.)
Team -allow students to choose a partner or group for collaboration