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Dear Diary, Mr. Gall is making history…

Just about everyday, colleagues, family, and friends, feel the need to call me dramatic. But it doesn’t bother me in the least because when I meet teachers who decide on their own to think outside the box, I get MELODRAMATIC. So just call me, Sarah Bernhardt, why-don’t-ya?  I tell you, I can take it!

Why all the drama? Well, when I was growing up, school wasn’t always the hip place to be - so after reading about Mr. Gall’s students, I was really inspired.

Meet second grade teacher, Mr. Gall, who is changing the paradigm by using blogging as a way of literary expression.
IMG 0536b Dear Diary, Mr. Gall is making history...
And what a trove he has created for his students! 

Readers, be honest, do you have diaries from your elementary school days? All I have are my wannabee diary notes, scribbled on (now) tattered looseleaf. My entries always seemed to revolve around me, not being accepted by the other cool kids.

Anyway, I asked Mr. Gall, via email, what he gains from having student bloggers. "The goals for the class Blog project are to build writing motivation for students and to give students’ parents a better idea of what occurs in my classroom; from the students’ perspective.  The Blog and web site are new this school year, although posting students’ journal entries on the Internet is an idea I am resurrecting this year.  I first did an online journal project in 1997 as the "Online Diary of Mr. Gall’s Second Grade Class:"
{Mr. Gall and his second grade bloggers – Hi, Class!}

 [Please note, the following excerpts are in their original form]

Today and yesterday I got to look at things on the internet.  and I got to play on the internet.  One thing that was cool Jereey Seinfeld was born on April 29 1955.  My Birthday is on Apirl 29 to.  -Doug

Today was very cold.  Today I played a new game it is called Brain Quest.  You get to answer a lot of quetshins.  Some are easy some are hard.  This is a very easy queshtin is a line between a state called a boundrie or a belt?  It is a boundrie.  That quetshin was in the social studie answer box.  The game is a first grade or a second grade game.  I hope you have a very good Christmas.  -Kyle

Today we made a December calendar.  mine wus oun of the Best.  Mr. Gall said my math papere wus beautiful.  IN gym we plad mouse trap.  I naver got cote.  Britany naver got cote.  I thinak me and Britany hafe some itch weed on my leg.  I had a successful day.  -Breanne

mrgallinsecond Dear Diary, Mr. Gall is making history...(Mr. Gall in 2nd Grade and more of his class pictures are right here.)  

Come on, SHOW OFF, and send me your student bloggers and/or writers:
amy.bowllan@reedbusiness.com

Comments

  1. Dean Shareski says:

    Great story. I love the way primary students are using these tools.
    Another teacher you might want to look at is Kathy Cassidy. If you google her, it will bring up her blog. I’ve worked with her and she’s done amazing things. In some cases over 45,000 reads! There’s also a video I did of her which is about the 4th on the search.

    Thanks for sharing.