Edutopia (Author Jon Schwartz)
Using Blogs to Engage English Language Learners
“Robbie doesn’t write,” his mom told me. When he first came into my fourth grade class, asking him for 20 words was like pulling teeth. He actually scribbled a number on top of each word to keep track so he wouldn’t write any more than the absolute minimum. Four months after I introduced him to blogging, he’s consistently writing more than 100 words per post. Not only that, Robbie turned from a shy, introverted kid to a source of inspiration and information for his peers. He sees himself as a writer.
Working with English-Language Learners
In my class, blogs provide a virtual workbench that students can use to find their creative muse and learn about the technological world they are inheriting.
This year I had a 36-member, fourth/fifth-grade combination class. Twenty three students came from households where English was the second language, or wasn’t spoken at all. Most of their parents had a high school education or less, spoke little or no English, worked long hours, and were able to provide limited academic support.
Full article at Edutopia here