Welcome back, friends! This week we’ve been talking about all the reasons why you need a classroom blog and we’ve set up your very own. How did it go yesterday? Any questions? Leave them in the comment area and I’ll help you work through it. Today we’re talking about creating posts and how I use my blog in my classroom (e.g. how often I post, what my posts consist of, and setting up a template for quick use).
Now that your blog is set up, and I’m sure you’ll be tweaking it nonstop until you love it, it’s time to figure out how to post and create a vision for your blog in your classroom on a daily basis.
My Vision for my classroom blog: My blog acts as my go-to on a daily basis. We have a chromebook cart in my classroom and at the start of each day, my students are expected to get their chromebook and open up to the blog before the bell rings. This keeps my students accountable and on time. But that’s not all, the blog gives my students very specific directions before the class even starts, making my life SO much easier.
- I’ve set up a template for each blog post with the following information:
- Today I will – where daily objectives are posted for that lesson
- Take out – This section tells students what they need to have out on their desk that day to be prepared (for example, a pen, homework, novel, etc.) This saves time right off the bat while you wait for your kids to shuffle around.
- Agenda- A basic list of what we’ll be accomplishing that day
- Homework – Any homework for the evening is recorded with any links attached with documents. So no excuses for not knowing what the homework is once they leave my class, or lost worksheets! Muahahaha
- Let’s Get Started – Any specific instructions for my students to get started on our first task for the day
Working off of this template creates a routine for my students and making my blog posts speedy and efficient. All important information has been relayed to any family members for them to keep up to date with your classroom and see exactly what their child should be doing each day. Yup, go ahead, do a happy dance!
So before you create your first blog post, take some time to think about what you want your blog to do for you each day. Create that vision that will work for you and your classroom.
Now let’s create a post! On your dashboard click on the orange button on the top left of your screen that says “New post.” I’ll be diagramming the post page to help you navigate.
And that’s the general gist of creating your own post. Now, as I said, I post the same information each day. Rather than typing all of that in, I’ve created a template that pops up each and every time I post that looks like this -then all I have to do is fill in the blanks.
I suggest you do the same to make your life easier and more efficient. To create your own post template, follow these steps:
- Go to your dashboard and click on “settings” on the left hand side
- Click on “posts, comments and sharing”
- Under Post Template click “add”
I hope this information was helpful to you today and gave you a good starting place. Tomorrow I’ll show you how you can add stagnant pages to your blog with info for parents, gradebooks, etc. Leave a comment and let me know how your set up is going! I’d love to see them when you’re done :0)