So I told this student about my experience stating and writing a blog day-to-day. He was amazed and fascinated that I was able to create one. He kept asking about the process, what I write about, and how I do it. The honest truth is, it really isn't that hard and I was able to show that student right there how they could write one themselves, its free, it user friendly, and all they need is a computer. I was talking to a student who struggles to write a paragraph in English class but is fascinated with the idea of putting together and writing a blog. That is writing at the end of the day, it doesn't all have to be in the STAAR boxes. He's teacher told me he couldn't stop talking about it in class.
I started writing this blog for two reasons, one to vent a little about my day-to-day life and two to connect educators and people interested in education. I never thought a student would read it or even think it was interesting. There was a lot I took away from this student. First I am going to be honest, it felt pretty good that a student though what we are writing about was interesting. It also reminded me of what we have talked about several times, share your stories with your students, they are more interested in who you are and what you do then you realize. Especially if it is something that could inspire them. It also just made me think lets have students writing blog in class, record podcast on a topic, or create their own how to videos. A lot of teachers already do this, but not all of us. He is a student so interested in writing, just in a different format. Let's utilize that genuine interest in our classes.