Why Write for Your Teacher When You Can Publish for the World?


Last weekend at EdcampNYC, Starr Sackstein (@mssackstein), Tony Sinanis (@TonySinanis), and I facilitated a conversation on blogging and branding. This was the first time I had run a session with either of them, and it was an absolute blast!

Making my work public is something about which I am passionate. Also, I strongly support students being provided opportunities to have their work reach an authentic audience.

Not convinced student work should be made public?

publishAccording to John Kotter, one of the biggest mistakes you can make when attempting to achieve buy-in “is to communicate with all ‘head’ and no ‘heart.'” In other words, the odds are not in favor of educators saying, “Well, if Robert Marzano says this is what’s best, then we should all be doing it in our classrooms!” So, rather than use facts/research/data to convince/tell you why students should be able to publish their work (as opposed to handing it in)…Here are two resources that will evoke emotions and “tug at the heart.”

  1. The graphic featured above. Imagine, after countless hours of dedicated blogging, only one person is able to see or share your work on each social network. (By the way, my fourth graders blogged regularly with KidBlog, Blogger, and WordPress…It’s not a matter of if we can make it happen, but how.)
  2. The Alan November TEDx Talk. Start at the 7m 30s mark, or just watch the whole thing. I always use this video when conducting workshops on student publishing. Rich Kiker (@rkiker) first introduced me to the resource a handful of years ago.

Seriously…Why write for your teacher when you can publish for the world?

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