October 05, 2004
More about how blogs teach

I have already linked to this article. Now I have read it.

Short quote:

"They want to make sure that it's good enough to be read by more than just their teacher," said Christopher S. Wright, a third grade teacher at Wyman Elementary School in Rolla, Mo.

That's a thought I have often had, here and there.

It always seemed to me that one of the stupidest things about my school essays was that on the whole only one person, the teacher, ever got to read them. I didn't blame anybody. It was inherent in the primitive technology we all then depended upon. Your stuff either got read by too few people, or was shoved in front of the faces of far, far too many people (i.e. "published" in some way or another), on a scarce and hotly contested piece of territory that involved a fight to get your bit of it. Learners need a happy medium (in both senses), where more than the tiny first few can browse, but no large readership is inconvenienced unless and until it wants to be. Blogging is that happy medium.

As Christopher S. Wright says, once learners blog, they have a built-in inducement to do it better, because the better they do it the more people will read and admire. There is a gradual success path there.

We all know that you typically teach in small increments of challenge, effort, result, reward.

Blogs teach.

Posted by Brian Micklethwait at 12:31 PM
Category: Blogging