Tonight I feel like a proud parent. While I don’t have children (my dogs rarely go out of their way to make me proud), I can only imagine that this is what it feels like when your kids dazzle, shine, and achieve great things right before your eyes.
Our district approved the use of Kidblog a few months ago. A few of our intermediate classes have jumped on board, and I’ve been reading some articulate reflections from students and teachers alike. It’s been a great start!
My grade 2 team is comprised of four very talented and dedicated teachers. This team collaborates regularly and always makes student learning the priority. They take initiative, are creative thinkers, and are enthusiastic members of our school community. Knowing the concept of blogging may be foreign to our young students and their families, this team decided to host a Family Blog Night.
What I appreciate most about this night is that I had nothing to do with it.
I received an invitation just like everyone else. I stand here, in the back of the library, watching teachers, parents, and students sign into Kidblog and listening to conversations about learning and plenty of laughter.
When I confirmed the start time for tonight’s event, I asked the team if they needed me to do anything. The reply? “Nope! You get to sit there and look good…then bail us out if we don’t know the answer!” They didn’t need me. They spoke eloquently, had engaging visuals to accompany their information, and eagerly anticipated and answered parents’ questions about blogging.
Does this night sound like fun? How to host your own blog night in five easy steps:
1. Send fancy invitations. Parents and kids love fancy invitations. And it makes them feel special.
2. Develop a presentation that covers the following topics:
- What is a blog? Why are we using blogs? It’s about the learning, not the tool. It’s authentic. Global audience.
- How do we access the blogs? Walk parents and students through the process. Model!
- What is commenting? How do we compose quality comments? Watch this. Show examples.
- How will we blog safely? Explain the moderation process and policies.
3. Serve brownies and punch.
4. Invite your principal. She will blog about your awesomeness!
5. Allow time for questions and answers and have computers ready to go so parents can help their students write their very first post!
When I think about what I want for my school, and the type of leader I want to be, I absolutely want to get to the point where we did tonight. They didn’t need me! George referred to it as being invisible. My teachers owned it. Because of that, our kids will own it. I am an especially proud principal today!