In my blogs I have written about the books I’ve read and given information that might help others become interested in the books I’m reading. I am not real good at thinking of interesting topics to make a successful blog. I have come to understand that a blog is truly anything you want it to be. Some are funny and some are controversial and some are informative. It is a great place for a person that love to write and get feed back on their writing.
A blog can reflect many things going on in a persons life and can show their personality. I really don’t have any specific concerns that reoccur in my writing because I am writing for fun. The books I have read have been across several genre with board topics. My reading this semester has taken me on quite a few adventures. They are a great escape from the reality of life.
Here are ten suggestions for how any teacher, teaching any subject can participate on a mission to get students to read and how parents can help.
Read. Simple first step! If we’re going to encourage kids to read we need to do it too. Read for pleasure, information, instructions, connecting with others, and so on. Read. Read a little more than you’ve been reading lately.
Share your reading experiences. Like here on the blog page, invite colleagues, friends and students to join in. Tell them what you’ve been reading, what you’ve gained or learned from these texts, what you recommend. As a teacher, I very intentionally and regularly tell my students what I was reading, where I read, (“in the bath!” “before bed”); I brought in the books I read, I read passages to them, I read during silent reading, I told them about how I couldn’t wait for the weekend so that I could read, about my book club arguments, the stories my husband I read aloud to each other…and so on. Help them see what a reader does. Also — I recently discovered Goodreads where you can share, get recommendations, and read reviews that friend have written — I had so much fun on this site and was reminded of how socializing and reading are a perfect match. If you are on Goodreads, or join, find me there! I’d love to hear about what you’re reading. I also wonder if there’s an equivalent for kids to use — anyone know?
Invite students to socialize around reading. Set up book clubs, reading groups, literature circles. Many students (especially boys) need to interact with each other around texts. It greatly enhances their comprehension and makes it so much more enjoyable. Adults know that (we join book clubs and spend hours on Goodreads) so let’s help kids have this experience too.
Organize a Read-a-Thon. A beautiful event that parents and administrators can take a lead on setting up. Our school recently did a Read-a-Thon and it was the highlight of the year for my class. Kids wore PJs, took their pillows and stuffed animals to school, were invited to re-read their favorite books or select a “challenge book.” Parents supplied snacks, teachers and administrators read.
Take a field trip. This is another way to make reading social and exciting. Visit your local library, a university library or a bookstore. It’s not about checking out or buying books — it’s about being surrounded by thousands of books, touching their gorgeous pages, seeing the world of possibility in print, salivating over what there is to know and explore. In my family, we often take weekend trips to explore different bookstores in the area. We make it an adventure and talk about what constitutes a “good bookstore;” it’s just fun. This is another event that parents can organize.
5 Thoughts on How Blogging Impacts Life
You’ll become a better writer. Writing is communication. It is about recording thoughts on paper and compelling others to agree with them.
You’ll become a better thinker. Because the process of writing includes recording thoughts on paper, the blogging process encourages you to stop and think deeper.
You’ll live a more intentional life. Once you start writing about your life and the thoughts that shape it, you’ll begin thinking more intentionally about who you are, who you are becoming, and whether you like what you see or not.
You’ll develop an eye for meaningful things. By necessity, blogging requires a filter. It’s simply not possible to write about every event, every thought, and every happening in your life. Instead, blogging is a never-ending process of choosing to articulate the most meaningful events and the most important thoughts. This process of choice helps you develop an eye for meaningful things. And remember that sometimes the most meaningful things appear in the most mundane—but you’ll see what I mean once you get started.
It’ll lead to healthier life habits. Blogging requires time, devotion, commitment, and discipline.
You’ll meet new people. Whether it be through comments, e-mails, or social media, you may be surprised at how quickly you meet people on-line. And by meet people, I mean legitimately form relationships that seek to serve one another. The blogging community is friendly, encouraging, and genuinely cheering for you to succeed.
You’ll inspire others. Blogging not only changes your life, it also changes the life of the reader.
You’ll become more well-rounded in your mindset. After all, blogging is an exercise in give-and-take. One of the greatest differences between blogging and traditional publishing is the opportunity for readers to offer input. As the blog’s writer, you introduce a topic that you feel is significant and meaningful. You take time to lay out a subject in the minds of your readers and offer your thoughts on the topic. Then, the readers get to respond. And often times, their responses in the comment section challenge us to take a new, fresh look at the very topic we thought was so important in the first place.
I feel my blogs have changed over the last 15 weeks…. at first I only wrote what we were required to write and now it is a little easier to get on here and just write. My writing is a little more free spirited and it isn’t as challenging to start writing. I proof read my writings a little better. Most of the changes in my writing I think occur because I’m not as stressed out about writing. It’s not like a term paper where you have to worry about good references and quotes…etc…. and all the other things that make a good theme paper.
I really wasn’t surprised by my writing…… I write how I speak….pretty laid back….. I did like the comments made by others and found them to be good conversation tools.
I like to hear how others think and it reminds me that we are all individuals and think differently, just like our students. There are no two alike. I like reading certain books and someone else would hate my book choices and have their own idea of a good read and this is all good. Students learn in different ways and this is ok. The goal is to understand their weaknesses, but know their strengths and use the strengths to build the weakness up.