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Classroom SOLSC: Here We Go!

Welcome to the April Classroom Slice of Life Story Challenge!

We are so glad you and your students are here to take on this blogging challenge for the month of April. If you haven’t already signed up on the Padlet, please share who you are and where your class is blogging from:

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Please use the Padlet to support other classes that are blogging during the Classroom SOLSC. Much like we ask our educator bloggers to comment on three slices each day in the March SOLSC, we hope that our Classroom SOLSC educators will support students bloggers from other classes. We also invite our Slice of Life community to read and comment on student blog posts during April.

Be Inspired!

In Spark! Quick Writes to Kindle Hearts and Minds in Elementary Classrooms (2019), Paula Bourque writes, ” …we should contemplate why we want our students to write at all. I think you would agree that our goal lies far beyond covering standards and curriculum. It isn’t to raise scores; it is to raise humans” (7).”

In a month that often involves state tests and other assessments, please be proud that you are clearing time and space for your students to choose topics important to them and you are giving them an authentic audience to write for each day in April.

A couple of years ago, we shared this Padlet to help students find ideas for blog posts when they feel stuck.  Feel free to add any ideas you and your students come up with during the challenge!

Let’s have a conversation! 

How did you introduce the Classroom SOLSC to your students? How will you help them generate ideas for their daily blog posts? Please share your ideas in the comments.

Questions?

If you have questions about the Classroom Challenge, you may contact one of these co-authors:

  • If your last name begins with the letters A – M, please email questions to DebFrazier4[at]gmail.com.
  • If your last name begins with the letters N – Z, please email questions to Kathleen Sokolowski mrs.sokolowski[at]gmail.com.

9 thoughts on “Classroom SOLSC: Here We Go! Leave a comment

  1. Hi! For all teachers using Kidblog, please make sure that you go into the settings for your blog, click the privacy tab, and allow comments for public posts (if you do want your writers to receive comments!) Thanks!
    Rand Raynor

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  2. Help with a message! Miss Campbell from “Mrs. Bransfield’s 2018-2019 Writers”! Ms Julie from Brussels accidentally clicked no to your invite! If you are able, can you please send the invite again? For some reason I am not able to see your “follow” button on your class blog page. Thank you!

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  3. Hi everyone! I am having some trouble and I was hoping someone could give me some answers. When I click on a blog in the Padlet I can’t follow anyone: all the kidblog links say “join” not follow. Any thoughts? Thank you for your help!

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  4. My class has been using their kidblogs with each other since January. Today I will ask them to write about themselves as the author, in the third person. Like what you see on the back of a book, about the author.

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  5. We’ve been “practice blogging” since about January on Google Docs and gone through a round of reflective commenting. Even without the “live” version of a blog, my kids are already anticipating what it is to express themselves to an audience who is interested in what they have to say. This tells me the depth of their digital native literacy and the role the internet plays in their private world.

    My key strategy will be to give them writing time the first 10-15 minutes everyday. We’ve done this with our Notebooks, so the transition should be simple. Knowing their ideas will go “live” will definitely up the writing a notch! I know they’re invested and I have great confidence in them — kids are wonderful people. 🙂

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