Aug
22
Filed Under (blogging) by Lee Kolbert on 22-08-2010

In the last post, my students just had their first experience commenting on our class blog. I’m so proud of them for following directions carefully and almost all remembered not to include their last names. For those who forgot, I edited their comments before publishing them. That’s the beauty of being the owner of this blog, I get to have that little bit of power. I will be spending some time with the students helping them understand blogging and commenting and how when it’s done with sincerity and thought, can open a whole new global world of conversation that can help them learn from others; not just me.

Soon the students will be writing for this blog and eventually, the students will have their own (moderated) blogs. The students last year really loved having their own blogging space and I’m looking forward to the day when my new students are ready. For so many students and parents, blogging is a brand new experience. If this is new to you, I hope you will take a moment to watch me and Katie explain how we used our blogs last year (see first video below). This is a segment from PalmBreezeCAFE. You can watch PalmBreezeCAFE on Comcast channels 234 and 235 (at 2:00pm and 7:00pm) and the segments are also available on YouTube.

When you are done, please leave a comment telling me what you think about this class blog.

If you are still confused about blogs, watch this:

Aug
15
Filed Under (general) by Lee Kolbert on 15-08-2010

I’m SO excited that a new school year is about to begin. Last year was my first year back in the classroom after working as a district administrator for 5 years. I taught elementary school for 20 years prior to that. As a matter of fact, for 3 of those years, I was right here at this very same school! So, I left the classroom and worked on special technology projects with the grown-ups in our district and was making lots more money,  so why did I return to teaching? Because I really missed the kids!

And it was a GREAT decision. I LOVED being back in the classroom last year and I am really looking forward to an even better year this year. One of the things I loved was how interesting each of my students were. It takes a little while to get to know everyone but I really loved learning about each and every one.

Sometimes, the first few days of school can be nerve-wracking. We tend to worry about what the expectations are and what others will think of us. I know when I meet someone new, I hope they will understand that sometimes I ask a lot of questions and repeat myself and it’s not because I’m trying to be rude but because I am curious or maybe I didn’t understand something.

What are some things you would like people to understand about you when you meet them for the first time? Please respond by clicking “Post a Comment” below. Your comment will not be seen by others until I approve it. If you are under 13, please:

  • Use only your first name and last initial.
  • Do not use your real email address on any blogs or Internet site. Use email@email.com here instead.
  • Do not include any personal information on any Internet site (such as your last name, address, phone number, etc.)

I am looking forward to reading your response and learning about you. I have a feeling we’ll be learning a lot from each other.

Mrs. Kolbert