Nerdy Book Club

About a year and a half ago, a few of my colleagues and I had our students begin blogging about their independent reading. Some students finished four posts a year. Some students finished ten. Some more. Below are my top ten takeaways from our students’ blogging experience.


1.      Authentic audience


Students rarely write for an audience other than the teacher or themselves (social media excluded). Not to say that writing for a teacher contains no value, it does, but when a student writes for an audience of 100 or 1,000, neat things start to happen. The ownership they feel over their words increases. The precision of their diction sharpens. Their text becomes immediately meaningful and relevant to them. Students tend to err on the side of caution when writing for an online audience, which is a valuable experience (I know that I am more careful in composing an…

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