Why blog? (and it’s not about making learning fun.)

http://americanhell.com/index.php/75-but-why-didnt-you-tell-me/
Comic from American Hell, 2007.

Blogging is not about making journaling fun for students.
It’s not about trying to find a reason for students to spell correctly.
It’s not even about connecting them to global others.

I can think of no more horrible an exercise than forcing all of the students in my class to create a blog for the sake of writing online what could be written in a journal. For the sake of trying to trick them into writing with the flashy, shiny technology as if they won’t know that really all they are doing is writing on a computer (I did it about 5 or 10 years ago, so I know of what I speak).

If blogging is a something (and I think it is) then it’s about having a passion to share. It’s about loving something so much you want to write, talk, show – create – about it. It’s about having a story to tell. It’s about having a voice.

Inherent in my job as a teacher is showing my students to their voice. For some, blogging could be a good vehicle for that trip.

The secret for me is to get them to that voice in a way that makes sense for them.

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