Having read Will Richardson’s article, Thinking Like a Blogger, I am rethinking how I would want to do blogging with my students. Well, maybe not entirely, but a little at least. He talks about the value of blogging as an exercise in critical thinking.
Now, I must preface this by saying that he makes it quite clear that he isn’t referring to journaling in an online environment. He considers that journaling rather than blogging, it seems. (My husband was happy to hear that!) He says that the act of going to other websites, looking for articles to link to and comment on, requires critical thinking. And that is why he thinks everyone should blog – at least for some period of time.
So, this got me to thinking about my advanced students. (I have none this semester, so it is thinking that I can’t put into practice for awhile, but I am always planning ahead!) I would want to construct blogging assignments that would really capitalize on this aspect of blogging. As we write argumentative papers and summaries and other such academic-type papers, it would be very easy to include specific blogging assignments that would lend themselves to developing critical thinking and also to our specific assignments. At that level, I think I would really want blogging to be more than journaling. Or at least more than just journaling. I have to think about this some more.
Anyway, I thought it was an excellent piece. It really made me think about blogging a little differently. I recommend it to you all.