Reading Student Blogs Tonight

Did I mention I teach?

And my students blog?

Tonight I had the pleasure of reading their homework–a free choice blog post.  Fairly routine.

But I’ve decided to jazz things up with Blog Badges.  Yes, I designed them–simple, to-the-point.

“Awesome Post”

“Catchy Title”

“Notable Comment”

I made some decisions and awarded some badges.  Then, the epiphany!

What if the next step were to allow students to award Blog Badges.  Ok, it’s still an idea in infancy, but how creative and empowering.

Question: What do you value in a peer blog?  How do you know it when you see it?

Coach them toward criteria.  Then allow the award to be given.

I think I like it.

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