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The Whole Hoot and Nothing But The Hoot…

Posted by David Fisher on 16th September 2010

Yes, the title of this post is a bit unconventional.  Yes, the name of the blog is a bit unconventional since it is a fifth grade class blog.  And, yes, you will now get the whole hoot and nothing but the hoot!

As you, the parents, read this post, you’ll clearly see the play on words that I used in the title of this blog post. Intentional as it is, there is a point to its use.  We have already built up and filed away a plethora of phrases, words, idioms, etcetera, that we can easily call upon to help us understand what an author or individual is saying.  Children are still in the process of building their collections and may not fully understand the title’s meaning.  With a little help from you, it will be clear.  Again, intentional.

If you’re a regular blog reader, you know that the topics of bloggers run wild.  You will find topics that will interest you, not interest you, make you think twice about something, repulse you, and so much more.  You may even decide to take a few extra minutes and comment on a blog post thereby engaging with the text of the blog and its blogger, and everyone else who has already posted comments.  You might even talk to your friends about the blog, write about it on Facebook or Twitter, or just discuss at the dinner table.  If you don’t regularly read blogs, I hope this one will be your first, and the first of many.

I would imagine that you’re wondering how this blog connects to the classroom and your child’s education.  Remember, after all, that the information in a blog is only as good as the author.  Should the author be questionable in anyway, well, you get the idea.  Having said that, let’s connect some dots.  There has been much research done into the educational effects of blogging and using blogs in the classroom.  As it turns out, the research reports positive findings. Things like increased time spent on meaningful reading activities, increased time on writing activities, increased creative production from students, and the acquisition of technology skills are just a few of the items the research has reported as positive outcomes of blogs in the classroom.

One of the areas of reading that we often teach and discuss in the classroom is a reader’s interaction with text.  Incorporating this blog into the classroom is yet another way to create that interaction.  This interaction will also increase and modify the way that students interact with each other.  Face-to-face discussions happen daily.  They can now continue electronically at home.

I could go on and on about how the incorporation of this blog will help your children.  Instead, I want to bring you and your children into this world so that you can see for yourself.  I will be posting entries here on a regular basis.  The entries will not only provide information to you, but they may also be educational opportunities that I will want your children to engage in either at home or at school.  I will want your children to be guest bloggers here through writing completed in class and posted here by me.  Then you, the parents, will have an opportunity to comment on your child’s writing.

I truly believe that the possibilities of this blog are boundless as we move forward through this year.  I am very much looking forward to this journey, and I hope that you will join me.

Let’s take that first step together!

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