I feel that I the first goal is easier to attain than the 2nd one. One reason is because I feel like I am more creative and can think quickly on the spot. This will be very beneficial to the students who are coming from 4th grade to 5th grade. I would like for the children to publish the book after their year of blogging is over so that the other children can read it and know what to expect. I would have to learn all the ins and outs of blogging first before teaching it to the students; and this class has definitely prepared me for this. I do feel like I can definitely teach my students what they need to do in the "blogging society."
My 2nd goal is going to be a bit more challenging and I will have to spend some time while I am off this summer perfecting how to develop digital-age learning experiences and assessments to use with my students. With the students using their journey in journal writing, they would be incorporating their digital tool with blogging at least once a week; they will be using their experiences inside and outside the classroom when writing/blogging. To promote the digital tools, I would like for the students to have their parents reply to them on their blogs. Then I would like to have family from other states and/or countries to respond to the blog also.
Each summer I have always taken time to look back at what I've done and reflecting on what I have done, have learned and need to do are at the tops of my list. I want to make the most of utilizing what I have learned during this Walden class and pass that on to my students. I have learned that being flexible and showing the students that we are learning at the same time, speaks volumes.