One of the highest motivators for student writing is an authentic audience. That is one reason why I am so passionate about blogging in the classroom. Last year, year 7 students created a text movie on “What makes a good teacher”! They had to brainstorm the qualities they looked for in good teachers and then use MS Moviemaker or Vegas Sony Movie Studio to create a movie using only text and their own original music.
Imagine our surprise, when one of my quietest, unassuming, most conscientious students received the following comment on her blog post “What makes a good teacher!” (Make sure you click on the link and watch her movie!)
I am a college professor and I will be teaching a class about how to teach to student who want to be teachers. I will be using your video on the first day of class to help them understand what a young student thinks a good teacher is. Thank you for doing such a great job making your movie.
Rachael has since emailed back to find out what university etc Professor Cole is from. She had tagged her post with “What makes a good teacher” and obviouslythe search engines picked it up. Congratulations Rachael and what an audience to capture! One of the highest accoclades for a student to receive – to have her work recognized in such a way.