About our Blog

Our Class Blog

Our class blog is a source of information about what is happening in our classroom.

  • Weekly posts include class successes, weekly foci, weekly spelling lists and highlights of the past week.  I do my best to get the “week at a peek” out between Friday and Sunday night for 39 weeks of the school year.  On the first day of the week, we preview the week in class by reading and discussing the blog post together.

During the 2015-16 school year, I made the leap from teacher information blog to student blogging for the very first time!  During that school year, I learned that student blogging tremendously increased student engagement and writing skills.  As well, families were able to follow and take part in the student writing process.  I can’t wait to see this year’s class grow with student blogging!   🙂   

  • Blogging helps students learn how to create a positive digital footprint as they learn about cyber safety in a supervised environment.
  • At the same time, they share their learning with an authentic audience.
  • Learn more about blogs here.

Celebrate our Successes!

We invite you to share our learning through our blogs.

  • Remember:  our blogs are works in progress.
  • Some of our work is polished and some of our work is in draft form.
  • Please honour our attempts and do not dwell on our mistakes.  We are learning!
  • Mistakes are valuable to us and we celebrate them because they shape the direction of our learning journey.

“Take chances.  Make mistakes.  That’s how you grow.” – Mary Tyler Moore

How to Get Involved

  • I encourage students, teachers, friends and family to leave comments on our blog.
  • Please remember – I moderate all comments before they become public on the blog.  That means that Ms Boychuk reads them first before adding them to the blog.  I check student writing for safety and to help me plan our next steps in writing/blogging learning.
  • I encourage students to comment on other class/student blogs with teacher/parent supervision.
  • I ask students to ask parents to proofread comments and posts that students write at home before they press submit.
  • I ask parents who leave comments to please use their first name only to protect the privacy of their child.  Example:  please identify yourself as “Gracie – Suzy’s mom” instead of “Gracie Snowflake – Suzy’s mom.”

Never Give Away YAPPY

Y – Your full name

A – Addresses

P – Phone numbers

P – Passwords

Y – Your plans

Learn more about YAPPY in these videos with “Professor G”:

Be a Responsible Digital Citizen

Check out this presentation by Mrs. Krebs about proper online behaviour:

As students learn how to make blog comments, here are some guidelines that I teach:

An appropriate and outstanding comment . . .

  • shows that you read and thought about the whole post
  • shows best spelling, capitalization, punctuation and grammar (no “textese” please)
  • uses strong, specific words and stays on topic
  • is well-organized and follows letter form with a greeting, body, closing and signature
  • is always positive, respectful and encouraging
  • does NOT include students’ last names, addresses, email addresses, phone numbers, specific plans, dates of birth and other personal information
  • has been proofread by the author and at least one other person before he/she submits it

Published comments might . . .

  • compliment the writer
  • give new information
  • give a wish or a hope
  • give and support your opinion
  • show a connection with your life
  • end with a question to cause more people to continue the conversation

Read our “How to Comment” page to learn more about commenting.

Read our “Quality Posts” page for more information on how to write great posts.

Your chance to add to the conversation . . .

  • Are there any other purposes our class blog serves?  
  • Do you have more ideas about commenting?
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8 thoughts on “About our Blog

  • December 12, 2016 at 11:32 am
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    Your blog looks wonderful! Our class is trying to break into the world of blogging by sharing our class work and projects with other classes around the world. We are a fourth grade class from Texas in the US. If you have a chance please take a look at our blog. We just published a post about a paleontology project we finished. http://gonzales100.edublogs.org/
    Thanks for your time!
    -Mrs. Gonzales’s Class

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    • December 13, 2016 at 10:02 am
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      Dear Mrs. Gonzales’s Class,

      Thank you for the compliment and for the link to your blog. We looked at Jada’s Prezi presentation and found the paleontology project very interesting. We are so excited that you commented on our blog and we hope to hear from you again!

      From,
      Ms B.’s grade 4 class

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  • October 15, 2015 at 7:10 am
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    Hi Ms Boychuk

    Your blog is very interesting.

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    • October 16, 2015 at 10:14 pm
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      Dear Ukesha,

      Thank you for the compliment!

      From,
      Ms B.

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  • September 9, 2013 at 9:49 am
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    Hello Ms. Boychuk,
    Your blog is very interesting. Loved reading about you and your hobbies. Outdoor yoga and flying planes seems cool. I feel more confident that my child is going to have another happy and intellectually fulfilling “PRESENT” grade 4 year in our school 🙂 . I will sign this comment as “happy mom” till my child gets her student no. in your class.
    Regards
    Happy mom

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    • September 10, 2013 at 6:42 am
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      Thank you!
      Ms B. 🙂

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  • September 20, 2011 at 8:06 pm
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    Hi Brenda,

    I am very glad you are enjoying our blog and that it is helpful to you!

    Thank you for commenting. We are beginning to work on commenting in class. It is helpful for the students to see comments from parents and people other than ourselves.

    I hope you are OK with the random “monster” avatar the computer assigned to you.

    Peace,
    Ms B.

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  • September 20, 2011 at 6:33 pm
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    I am really enjoying the blog. Thank you for all the information you have provided!

    Reply

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