One of the main reasons why I created this blog was to familiarize myself with the style, format, and functionality of blogging in order to possibly implement a unit on blogging within the journalism class that I am student teaching. I am not super familiar with the world of journalism beyond following various sources and mediums of news. So when I found that I would be student teaching in a journalism class I was excited and nervous. Despite my unfamiliarity with journalism I am still quite familiar with writing studies and consider any opportunity to help with writing a blessing.
When I began to think about what could be done within this class I went, as learners do, to my prior knowledge. That prior knowledge that I possess happens to be that the future of journalism is in producing online content. What I thought was, “How cool would it be to have students create blogs?” I figured that the power for opportunity of growth was too strong to pass up. Possibly one of the biggest downfalls of teaching writing in secondary schools is the fact that students rarely have audiences other than their teachers and their classmates. And in creating blogs, addressing the audience issue becomes much smaller.
I then brought this baby of an idea to my cooperating teacher who graciously allowed me to pursue it. However our district is in the process of adopting a new internet policy that would allow this. But since the current one does not allow for something like this we were unable to implement it. This was disappointing because of the effort that I was beginning to put into this and the loss of possible learning opportunity. Now, I am not here to say anything about the district and their policies because I know that they do everything in their power to provide learning opportunities for their students.
What I do want to say is that despite this unfortunate inability to try an idea I believe that it is extremely important that we begin providing students with writing exercises that are going to possibly benefit them beyond the closed atmospheres of the classroom. If we as educators can begin doing this for our students than maybe our students will be better prepared for writing in the professional world