Monday, June 30, 2008

How Exciting!

I'm so excited about this blog (and the seminar)! One of my goals for this seminar is to develop ongoing discussions between my students and others from across the nation. I think it would be an amazing way to see varied perspectives and new ideas. These discussions could exist in multiple ways - book talks, question/answer posts, shared brainstorming for appreciating and recognizing humanitarianism...anything is possible.

Anytime we can open our students' eyes to other ways of thinking it is a learning experience. In addition, this helps to cut through cultural beliefs and traditional paths of thought. My students live in a town of just over 300 people and they become insulated in their thinking. They are also comfortable with one another and their discussions turn in somewhat predictable patterns. Opening the virtual door for extended communication is very exciting!

Thanks for sharing this idea Larry!



Larry Neuburger said...

You are the second person already that has brought up the subject of interavtive blogging between classes. I have not done that yet, but have no doubt someone, somewhere is doing it. It should be fairly easy to accomplish.

I really like the idea that we are affiliated with the Rural Sites Network and many of us teach in small schools. My school has 300 student grades 7-12. Keep posting! I look forward to seeing more from you.

Ilka said...

During my teacher education, we college students exchanged letters with 2nd graders in a rural town in Iowa, I think. It was fantastic! We emailed them (before blogging) and they wrote us hard copy letters.