There are some things that we ask our learners to do over and over, so that they might improve. Each week we ask children to start a new piece of writing, 'moving on' from the work that they previously completed. Perhaps we put their best pieces on the wall, or bring out their books so that their parents may flick through when visiting.
|Is the teachers red pen an authentic audience?|
I know that my learners are far more likely to edit and perfect a piece of writing if they are told that it will be shared on their blogs. Many of my children ask to blog their work when the task is given to them; they want to know that they have an audience besides the teachers red pen. Yes, this feedback is important, but feedback can also be gathered from an online audience.
|Students work is shared on their class and individual blogs|
It was after this event that I truly began to consider the power of the share component of the learn, create, share cycle. It is clear that creating a piece of work becomes more meaningful when you are given an authentic audience - that it is actually seen, presented and even criticised. I believe I need to give my learners more opportunities to share their learning, be it through a digital platform like blogger or in front of our school or wider community.