October 17

Beaming With Pride

Dear amazing students,

I am so proud of each and every one of you! Your effort with blogging is incredible. You all are so brave to post your ideas, feelings, and opinions online for others to see. Sharing your writing can be intimidating, however you all are doing it with such ease. I am impressed with your honesty and your ability to express yourselves. Lastly, the improvements I have seen in your writing this trimester are wonderful. Keep up the good work!

Thank you for making your teacher proud!

Ms. K.

XO

October 11

Happy International Day of the Girl

Today is a day where we celebrate girls!

Did you know that millions of girls around the world are still being denied an education?

• There are still 31 million girls of primary school age out of school. Of these 17 million are expected never to enter school. There are 4 million fewer boys than girls out of school.

• Three countries have over a million girls not in school: In Nigeria there are almost five and a half million, Pakistan, over three million, and in Ethiopia, over one million girls out of school.

• There are also 34 million female adolescents out of school, missing out on the chance to learn vital skills for work.

• Two-thirds of the 774 million illiterate people in the world are female.

Girls’ education has a huge impact on all of society!

Educated women are less likely to die in childbirth: If all mothers completed primary education, maternal deaths would be reduced by two-thirds, saving 98,000 lives In sub-Saharan Africa, if all women completed primary education, maternal deaths would be reduced by 70%, saving almost 50,000 lives.

Educating girls can save millions of lives: If all women had a primary education, there would be 15% fewer child deaths. If all women had a secondary education, child deaths would be cut in half, saving 3 million lives.

Mothers’ education improves child nutrition: If all women had a primary education, 1.7 million children would be saved from stunting from malnutrition. If all women had a secondary education, 12 million children would be saved from stunting from malnutrition.

Girls with higher levels of education are less likely to have children at an early age: 10% fewer girls would become pregnant under 17 years in sub-Saharan Africa and South and West Asia if they all had a primary education Almost 60% fewer girls would become pregnant under 17 years in sub-Saharan Africa and South and West Asia if they all had a secondary education.

Girls with higher levels of education are less likely to get married at an early age: If all girls had a primary education, there would be 14% fewer child marriages If all girls had a secondary education, there would be two-thirds fewer child marriages.

Information comes from the 2012 EFA Global Monitoring Report; UNESCO Institute for Statistics database

Check out the inspirational video below. “Girl Effect is an independent non-profit organization, launched in September 2015 with the goal of ending poverty globally. Its work is based on its belief that when given the opportunity, girls are able to lift their countries out of poverty.” Together we can help empower girls to reach their potential and change the world!

The time is NOW, let’s do it! 🙂

October 9

The Power of Blogging

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. 🙂