An important component of student blogging is allowing students the opportunity to comment and provide feedback for peers. This can seem intimidating at first. "What if they post inappropriate things?" "What if they are mean and criticize the other student's work?" or even "What if they just write 'good'?"
These are all valid concerns and reasons why using an established protocol is important.
This protocol was shared as a way to provide feedback for my current online graduate courses. The Ladder of Feedback Protocol was developed by Daniel Wilson and Heidi Goodrich Andrade at Harvard Project Zero. It incorporates a way to provide critique and feedback in a constructive way.
The protocol includes four different components: Clarify, Value, Offer concerns, and Suggest.
Clarify: In this portion the reader asks any questions about what may not have been clear or included.
Value: Provide compliments on specific ideas or components.
Offer concern: Offer critique with phrases like "Have you considered..." or "What I wonder about it..."
Suggest: Give suggestions for the concerns you've identified(Download the full document here http://isites.harvard.edu/fs/docs/icb.topic86452.files/LoF_detailed.doc)
In creating a student project, I was searching for a document that presented this information in a kid-friendly language. I thought I would give it a search, before creating my own from scratch.
I found this great post that included a link to a TpT document that was FREE to download!
Added bonus: This particular teacher has been teaching over seas for a few years! Another great PLN connection!
I will admit that when I heard that my assignment was a WebQuest - images of a low level scavenger hunt immediately appeared in my head. In fact, I wasn't excited about the project even after viewing some great examples.
My summer of grad school courses has been quite busy and tiring. This seemed like a task that I was not going to enjoy.
That all changed when I first discovered a photo of a family from 1920 that inspired my entire project. What if I had tell the history of the Great Depression through the story of this family? I then found my way to the Farm Security Administration - Office of War Information Photograph Collection. I was drawn into the faces of the young children.
Learning social studies growing up was my least favorite subject. In fact, I may have even admitted to *hating* a history course or two. I didn't want to memorize any more names and dates that seemed insignificant.
I had a completely different experience when I started to teach social studies. I was captivated by stories.
What if I could use these images and stories to try and capture my students, too?
I created this WebQuest as a required grad school assignment. I won't be in the classroom to adjust and implement it next year, but I hope that it can be useful for someone else.
Again I find myself wondering, am I making the right choice leaving the classroom? Will I find a similar passion in working with teachers as I have with young, inquisitive minds? Will I see the same enthusiasm and pride in learning something new or taking on a challenge?
Most importantly, will the adults laugh at my jokes?
Based in Doha currently, I am a technology-advocating learning junkie.