As I reflect on the Slice of Life, I reflect on the student part too. The last three years, I had my students, 8th graders at the time, join up and share their slices. I offer carrots from them, allowing those who’ve blogged for 31 days to earn a pizza party back to if you’ve blogged a day, you get a snickerdoodle cookie, a pretty good group of prizes. This is new to them, and I want them to be successful, both in writing and paying attention.
Well, with my 8th graders, there wasn’t as much “teaching” with them, they understood what I wanted. I didn’t have much of an issue with the topics or the writing, they just did what the requirements were and we went forward.
Today, as I was looking over my sixth grade blogs, I will either need to do much more pre-teaching, or simply not do this activity with them. I noticed this early on, when the goal was finding the most awesome header picture, but not documenting where it came from. Next, it was “meme reviews”. And now, we had a student create a meme of another student.
That’s the way of this class, take whatever it is we are doing, and push every envelope possible. I did not foresee this, so it’s partially my fault, but it’s also that assumption by the students that they can do whatever it is they want, regardless of what the instruction may be.
As it is, the meme was offensive to that student, so it was taken down, the offending student will email his parents (both teachers), along with emailing the other student a letter of apology. After that, I’m making a list of acceptable behaviors for blogging. Part of this teaching was done last year as a language arts teacher. Being a social studies teacher, I didn’t feel I could spend a huge amount of time on blogging rules. I was wrong.
However, the teaching I’ve done all ready, we’ve talked about appropriate posts, we’ve talked the fact your blog is viewed world-wide, and we’ve talked about the fact you look at something, THEN click post. DON’T click it if you don’t feel it’s appropriate work! And accept the responsibility when you are wrong. We’ll see if that happens. It just feels like all the work we did for cyber safety and digital citizenship just flew out the window!
March 21, 2019 at 4:51 pm
#donttellmywife — HAHAHAHAHA I feel like this is something she definitely needs to know. Listen to your wife next time!
March 21, 2019 at 8:28 pm
Keep trying to teach them digital citizenship. They may not like it or see why it is important, but they need it.
March 21, 2019 at 8:46 pm
Yes, yes they do need it.
March 21, 2019 at 8:46 pm
Ah students who know how to push the envelope. Have they met some of the boys in my 4th grade class? You can try discussing digital citizenship and hopefully they will listen. Fingers crossed they don’t take a page out my boys’ book and choose to ignore every single word you say.
March 21, 2019 at 8:48 pm
Rawr! Listen to me, I know what I’m talking about and you need to know!!
But, we’ll try again! It’s what we do! 🙂
March 21, 2019 at 8:51 pm
“Listen to me” cue eye roll from my boys.
I try again every single day. A few have figured it out. But I have 2 that still like to push the envelope.
March 21, 2019 at 9:02 pm
I think all I can say this day is that the struggle is real. You are moving them along. Sometimes it is just at glacial pace…or so it seems.
March 21, 2019 at 9:59 pm
We’ll get where we need to get, if I had 5 years, but hey, any progress forward is just that, progress!
March 21, 2019 at 9:08 pm
Oh boy. My district is rolling out digital citizenship as a required standard that we must assess in our standards based system. I have been wondering how we are supposed to teach and assess that. I think I’ll have my work cut out for me.
March 21, 2019 at 10:07 pm
That one should be interesting! We use the Common Sense Education lessons: https://www.commonsense.org/education/erate-teachers
They serve us well for what we need!
March 21, 2019 at 10:43 pm
That’s a helpful resource! Thank you. As for common sense – middle schoolers all show an abundance of that, right? 😉
March 22, 2019 at 5:51 am
Oh my gosh…they will push you at every turn. Hang in there! 🙂