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A pupil, a blog and a PLN!

Well what a day! There are some moments in your teaching career that are momentous enough that you just know will be a highlight when you look back on your career when we retire at 75. Today saw yet another sensationally magical moment. Here’s how it unfolded…

I have managed to blend the Year 6 blog into the Year 6 curriculum in particular, writing very successfully over the last year. Pupils tend to go home and many of them blog during the evenings. Last night, Raja posted 13 facts he had researched about Howling Monkeys for his Non-Chronological Report that he will be writing on Friday. I tweeted this post and within 3 hours Raja had received 11 comments. He arrived to school this morning after checking his blog with a HUGE grin on his face, ready to learn at an even greater pace with the knowledge he was looking after his readers!

During the night Mike McSharry had emailed me privately after reading the post by Raja. His daughter (Sarah) had worked at a Monkey sanctuary in Guatemala and had worked closely with the Howler Monkey there. Mike kindly passed on his daughter’s email address to me so that I could contact her for any further information. Within 2 hours of my email arriving on Sarah’s inbox, I had a fantastic reply with 8 pictures attached. At this point I asked Raja to have a look. He promptly edited his blog post and made a photopeach of the photographs and added the code to his post whilst bouncing with excitement!

Here is his new, edited blog post:

Raja’s Blog Post

This little story goes to show the power of Twitter/PLN and blogging!

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  1. Jack sloan
    October 5, 2010 at 7:48 pm #

    I hear you! It’s nice to hear stories like this – they keep you plugging on in the knowledge that it’s worth it!

  2. Miss Lotriet
    October 5, 2010 at 8:22 pm #

    See, this is why I need to get a class blog going! Lovely turn of events!

  3. Sarah McSharry
    October 6, 2010 at 8:40 am #

    So glad I could help! It’s great that these photos (which were just stored on a DVD doing nothing in particular) have managed to help a child’s learning 🙂

    Sarah

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