Tuesday, October 15, 2013
Monday has been designated as "Blogging Day" in my two freshmen English classes. Some Mondays we work on writing the post of the week. Other weeks we comment on blog posts written by students in some classrooms we are connecting with. It's always fun to read what's going on in other places.
But yesterday, we commented on the blogs of a class of third graders in our district.
"Mrs. Day, this one can't spell at all."
Do the best you can. Let me see. Ignore the spelling, their teacher will take care of that. Just write back to them.
"Mrs. Day, this one only wrote one sentence. Why do we have to write 200 words or more"?
I'm sure they are supposed to write more. Maybe they had trouble thinking of more to write. Why don't you ask them some questions.
Mrs. Day, I don't know what this one is trying to say."
Do the best you can. Let me see. Comment back, ask them questions.
"Mrs. Day...." at this point, I am ready to change my name.
To the class I say, "Remember, they are nine. At nine you weren't perfect. You misspelled things--you still misspell things. At nine, your grammar wasn't perfect--it still isn't perfect. Just write back to them. Because remember how cool it would have been to have a HIGH SCHOOLER comment on your blog when you were in third grade."
They think about that. Little smiles appear on faces and they settle in to write. Many of them read more of the posts than the one I assigned. They began to take their comments seriously.
I only hope they spelled things right!