It’s one thing to talk about blogging in the classroom,
it’s a whole other thing to see a blog in action.
Meet Linda Yollis.
Although I had been following her blog for quite a while, I finally met Linda in person at the Google Teacher’s Academy. She has an amazing blog called Yollis Class Blog. The more you read her blog, the more you will be inspired.
Some of my favorites:
The blog post called Our Collector’s Collections is a great cross-curricular lesson. I love how she has taken a reading assignment and incorporated writing, vocabulary, photography, blogging, with a bit of math thrown in there for good measure.
Matter Matters documents a lesson where Mrs. Yollis invited high school science students into her 3rd grade classroom to teach them about matter. The students typed notes during the Google Hangout while recording the video conference. The students received a science lesson, watched an experiment, learned new vocabulary, practiced blogging, and wrote meaningful reflective commentary on the lesson.
The Mystery Skype blog post. This is the post that started my fascination with Mrs. Yollis’ classroom blog in the first place. Mrs. Yollis worked with Mrs. Tolisano in creating a Mystery Skype. It was the first I had ever heard of this concept and since they took the time to share the process of their Mystery Skype, I was able to adapt the format to use with my fourth grade class last year (which I then blogged about).
By blogging we are sharing and learning from people all across the blogosphere. It’s the greatest form of collaboration! Try it, you won’t be sorry. There is so much out there to learn and so much to give back.
Linda Yollis has created a wiki filled with teacher tips for using a blog in the classroom. Check it out.