Reflection: Writing Across the Disciplines Enter the Blog: Reflective Writing In Science - Section 5: Closure


Writing is hard. It takes practice to build writing fluency and there will always be students that approach writing very reluctantly because it makes them realize that they might not have grasped all the concepts. The reflective writing that I have students do in their blogs takes them on a journey of self discovery that some of them are not ready to undertake for fear of what they might reveal. 

A couple of "tricks" that have helped me encourage students to keep blogging:

- Be supportive: Talk to that reluctant writer. Acknowledge that this is not an easy task, and share your own experiences.

- Be flexible: I accept video or audio blogs to get the students comfortable with the process. Students that do not want to blog about what went on in the classroom do "article blogs", where they blog about recently published scientific articles that interest them. 

- Initiate conversations and positive discussions centered around a student blog post (i.e. "Juan's blog post this week really got me thinking about ____.")

- Encourage them to share their blogs with each other and even leave comments (with the obvious rule of being respectful and encouraging). Being able to see their peers' work liberates some of them from the idea that their own posts need to be "perfect".

- Be realistic: If I know the students have a big test coming up or a project to present (even if it's in a different class), I will have a "Blogless Week". 

- Incentives: I give "Blog Immunity for a Week" to students that consistently turn in good writing. I also might be convinced to have a whole class incentive, like listening to music during classwork, for the weeks where every student in the class writes.

  Not all students will enjoy blogging
  Writing Across the Disciplines: Not All Students Will Enjoy Blogging
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Enter the Blog: Reflective Writing In Science

Unit 1: Introduction to 7th Grade Science
Lesson 7 of 14

Objective: Students will be able to express their thinking using concrete examples, and develop reflective writing skills.

Big Idea: Reflective writing is a means of turning 'surface' learning into 'deep' learning. It allows students to link ideas, explore their motives and analyze events.

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