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  1. Wow! I loved this post. Blogging can be so powerful. I'm so glad I started blogging with my students. I've seen amazing changes in most of my students. Parents and relatives leaving comments, children gaining confidence and yes…connections. I've connected with my students way more thanks to the blog. What's more my students have connected with each other in such a special way…

    Quoting, Alex, one of my students: "It’s the best project any person can do. Every child should have one. Do not waste this opportunity, please! you will not regret it."

    What a great story. I couldn't agree more: every class should blog!

  2. What a fantastic post! This truly shows the value in blogging … something that I think is really important too! I agree with this student that a blog is a fantastic way to stay connected, but I think that it's even better that she thinks so too!

    Aviva

  3. Debbie Barnes

    Thanks for sharing your post, I always learn something from you. We have four students moving within the next month, one family is going to China for a year or two. I hope the classes will use SKYPE to stay connected. We are working with Silvia Tolisano, trying to get teachers to use blogs and wikis. As a principal of a small school, I admire your energy and what you are accomplishing in your school.

  4. Lesley Cameron

    I too was very sad when I found out that she's moving… what a fabulous girl! I told her that I think she's a great girl and that I would miss her too. Right after, she began to get teary-eyed and said, "I can still go on our blog and write with you that way!" Just like you, my eyes got teary… she is one student who has demonstrated a very strong interest and has made several comments from home at night, etc. So powerful. I know we'll keep in touch. I'll make sure of it.

  5. George,

    I blogged about this very same experience a few weeks ago when one of my students suddenly moved away. http://heatherdurnin.com/2010/11/24/reaching-back

    Kevin is a student who deals with Asperger's disorder, so consistent social interactions are critical. His blog provides that link back to us. My students needed no prompting to post a comment on Kevin's blog, asking questions about his new school with hopes that he'll see the positives of his new environment. Blogging provides an outlet for those students who move, and those left behind. http://kevibais.wordpress.com/2010/11/24/who-like

    @hdurnin

  6. This is a great story, and it confirms for me the importance and power of having students blog. One of my classes has set up a blog, but haven't created a post yet. However, after reading this post, I'm going to make sure they start blogging in the next couple of days. Thanks!!

    • George

      Have you started this Shelley? If their blogs are anything like yours, you will have hit a gold mine!

      • Thanks, George. We will be starting on Tuesday. I'll be helping them to figure out exactly what a blog is, why one would write it, and safety rules, etc. I think this will be worth it, but I'm expecting a few bumps along the way.

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