Creating a classroom blog is a great way to include students in feedback writing and response journaling.
You can begin by following other blogs to show examples of content that is of interest to students. Perhaps get them to share or investigate bloggers that would be of interest to them. Perhaps model your own blog that shares classroom content and receives comments on various topics that come up in class.
Is a blog just a blog? A blog is not just a blog in the classroom. It is a forum to voice differing opinions and to model responsible digital citizenship in a curated environment. It is tempting to say that it provides an arena to learn to fight fair. Not only to voice your opinion but to authentically listen and respond to others’ viewpoints. Feedback from the blog will allow for classroom discussion for students in a relatively safe space. Try not to correct spelling and grammar but look for interesting content to spark discussions. Allow groups to contribute blog posts during their discussion of various topics. Although many topics can be open for discussion, one of the most important lessons you are teaching is about the power of words.
Blogging is a tool to teach so much more than using this social media vehicle. Blogging is literacy, digital literacy, responsible digital citizenship and debate club all in one.
Over the summer or before the beginning of school, start following a few blogs and get a taste for the content. Notice what works and the presentation of the content. Show these examples to your students or use what you are seeing to develop a blog for your classroom.