After creating a class blog for students, I quickly realized how powerful blogs could be. Here are a few reasons why I’m so excited to blog with all of you:
1. Blogging is a faucet for creativity.
One of the best benefits of blogging is that it enables students to tap into their creativity. They can do this through the words, themes, or images they choose to include on their blogs.
2. Students can express themselves.
Too often in class, students can feel limited as to how they can share their ideas (essays, papers, tests). Blogging allows them to explore various topics through a variety of means. In addition, they have more choice as to how the want to express themselves (poems, narratives, persuasive pieces, etc.). There are less “rules” with blogging and students tend to feel more free when conveying their ideas, which leads to more creativity.
3. Students can communicate with an authentic audience.
In the traditional classroom, the student’s audience is mainly the teacher and perhaps, sometimes, parents and their classmates. When students blog, they reach a broader audience, which becomes more authentic. Also, when they receive constructive feedback it helps improve their writing.
“Blogging gives students purpose, this being a crucial aspect of every person’s motivation. Also, when a student starts a platform, he’ll feel the need to consistently provide his audience with good information. These are aspects that truly can’t be found in the traditional classroom learning system.” – Jason Tyler, College Teacher and HR at AssignmentMasters.
4. Blogging boosts confidence.
Most people, adults and teens, say that after regularly blogging their confidence levels have improved. They are no longer afraid to speak what they hold in their minds, and they feel less pressure to conform to regular standards for writing. They feel that people are looking at their writing and not at them which in turn, makes them feel more comfortable. Lastly, when they receive positive feedback from their audience, they feel empowered to share their ideas because they have been validated.
5. Blogging improves communication skills.
Writing is a powerful way of communicating thoughts and feelings. When students regularly write something for their blogs, they express themselves on a consistent basis. The more they practice communicating their opinions and ideas through blogging, the better communicators they become.
As you can see, blogging is a great way to reflect, sharpen writing skills, express yourself, and improve communication skills. Plus, it is fun and exciting! So enjoy blogging and remember how powerful sharing your voice can be. 🙂