Watching students

Stephie was my student last year. She started posting as a class activity, but she took her posting further. Now blogging is not part of her class, it’s part of her life.
She posted her concern about whaling and friend Nadine – a really enthusiastic girl from Australia, answered immediately. In the meantime, I observed them. Loads of comments here and there and even here. I thought they could open a wiki to get organized more easily. They adopted the idea right away. You can pass by, read and even join in.

What I love about them:

  • They don’t demand help, they are autonomous. However, they appreciate suggestions. Great balance!
  • They’re good at combining action with reflection.
  • They are great at conversation. Have a look at the comments on the blogs and the discussion pages on the wiki!

I also love the fact that the web provides a territory for them to grow up and for me to watch them taking the lead !

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4 Comments to “Watching students”

  1. Gabriela, this a wonderful validation that your students are using technology in such a personal, yet educational manner. I just posted some information about a educational network that has a vast amount of knowledge of animal migration, including whales. If it is OK for adults to comment on their blogs, I will send them the URL. Just in case, I will leave it here for you to share. Let me know;D
    http://samccoy-n2teaching.blogspot.com/2008/06/wee-post-about-journey-north.html

  2. Yes, Sheryl you can comment on their blogs. Tell them you’re my friend. I’m sure they’ll welcome your contribution.

  3. Hey Mrs G
    I have to say, you touched me with what your wrote there! You really think I am that good? Oh thank you, nice to have a supporter!! 🙂
    You have a point, it is now Stephie’s life as blogging, almost mine too! We keep the conversation going on and on, we just love it. Together, we are really close.
    As soon as I saw Stephie’s post, how she wished to stop it, I straight away wanted it to become true so I said I’d love to participate and that lifted her spirits!
    Just a huge thanks for writing up this post, it means alot to me and Stephie, this way, others could see the wiki and comment. 😛

  4. Stephie’s blog is the example of your good teaching art.
    Congratulations!

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