Blogging is a tool you can use to reach students and parents. There are many reasons to blog and all of them have to do with communication and learning. There are many Typepad teachers that use a blog for their lesson plans, as a resource for parents, and for extra help for students. Here are some examples of how teachers can use blogging to help their classrooms. If you make it to the bottom of the post, there is a special surprise waiting for all our teachers.
1) Classroom Rules and Expectations
A blog is a great place to share the rules of the classroom/school and set expectations for the school year. Clearly define what you want to teach your students and what you expect from parents. This can be used as a reference throughout the school year.
2) Communicate with Parents
Communication with parents is important. A blog is a great way to keep them informed with everything happening in your classroom. Your school is an active place and students may not be so forthcoming about the different activities. Parents can turn to your blog as another source to stay informed about everything going on in the school that affects your classroom. You can also showcase the great work your students do. They spend a lot of time working on their many projects. Showcasing their project in one place makes it shareable to family and friends.
3) Dive deeper into subjects
Blogging is a great way to direct your students to dive deeper into a subject. You may only have time to give a general overview of a person, place, or idea in the classroom, a blog post can provide additional study material. Students who are interested in learning more, topical blog posts can provide them the opportunity to improve their understanding of the material.
4) Homework Help for Students and Parents
One struggle with homework is that students may not have anyone to ask for help. Your blog can provide instructions and examples for students and parents to use at home. This can give everyone another avenue to get help with homework. Also, this can be a chance for parents to brush up on subjects they may not remember.
5) Teaching advice
While teaching you will learn a lot! You will try new things and stumble along the way. This advice is priceless for other teachers. Write about your successes and struggles. You are not alone teaching; share your experience and create a community of teachers to support each other.
We want to hear from teachers and schools! Share your teacher, classroom, or school blog with us in the comments. How do you use your Typepad blog to benefit students and parents? What would you add to our list above?
As a special thanks to teachers, we have a surprise. Create a ticket in your account sharing with us your blog about teaching students or your school. We will add a discount to your account, 25% off for the next year. The discount will be applied to the next billing cycle. The only requirement is the blog most have something to do with teaching students in school.