Student Blogs in the Junior School

My final project was to get Student Blogs throughout the Junior School. I was inspired by earlier success with this in Grade 1 and excited to move forward.

What I didn’t anticipate was that firstly, our iPads would be out of commission due to a major glitch when we shifted to the Volume Purchase Program for apps. And secondly, that I would become pregnant, which in Germany, means you may have to leave work for three week periods if or when children present with illnesses or diseases.

My extended absences meant that a lot of this work had to occur via email conversations, phone calls, and video tutorials posted to class blogs. It was definitely a challenge to maintain the interest and enthusiasm as well as the momentum of skill development, when I was not able to push into classes and support students and teachers.

This project has given me lots to think about when it comes to implementing large-scale change. Most ¬†importantly it reminded me that I need to spend the time on the conversations regarding WHY change is needed and WHY we are choosing to implement something like student blogs. It isn’t enough for it to be a good thing to do, we have to share an understanding of the bigger picture.

I think if I were to do this project again, I would focus on a more specific topic. This seemed very generic and in working with all the JS teachers, it sometimes felt like I was doing multiple projects depending on where each teacher was at in their own blogging journey.

For some teachers, this project was transformational. For others, less so as they were already set on what their student blogs would look like. It can be difficult to implement a school-wide project without a school-wide agreement on what the process will be.  For me, it was still something I really believe in and I hope springboards some new learning opportunities when the iPads come back into use. I also learned a lot about my skills as a coach and got some insight into how I can best work with different teachers in our school.

With that said, here is my video explaining the project:

Here is my UBD planner for implementing Student Blogs:

4 Replies to “Student Blogs in the Junior School”

  1. Firstly, Great video…I already want to go back and change mine because it’s so rubbish!!!! However, I can’t because I have no idea how to insert anything other than photos and videos – it was pretty much a 1 take wonder! I WISH i had thought to take more videos – why did I think only to take hundreds of photos|????

    Secondly, I think it is great that you reflected on what didn’t work so well and how you would change it. I think my school is probably in a similar situation with blogs given out – but not ‘why’ discussion, or ‘what should/could they look like’ or success criteria. In my grade some teachers have not blogs at all, some a fair bit and everywhere in the middle. And of course the swamp sitter just has no idea why they should even attempt to add to their daily load as they don’t see what the point is.

    Thirdly – so impressed with how you pushed through your pregnancy and absences to still complete the project!

    Fourthly, when you do find your authentic reason for international blogs – I am waiting!!!!


  2. Thank you so much for sharing such a great video. I’m sorry to hear about the speed bumps along the way- but we wouldn’t need passionate people like you if making change like this was easy to do. I really appreciated the model you shared about getting teachers on board with trying something new in their classrooms. I would love to give this a try and see how I can better tap into teacher’s “stretch” zones, rather than assuming that my comfort zone is also their comfort zone ( I fear I have been pushing people quite far into their “panic” zone). Beautiful video. I hope the project continues and builds success as it goes along.

    1. I think that was one of the best learning reflections for me – realizing that my level of comfort and stretch can be quite different from other people’s idea of stretch! I am back at work and things are progressing well!

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