I’ve been talking a lot about creating “communities of practice” where students see themselves as writers and that their voice matters. It is not by accident that this happens. Rather, conscientious design create the conditions for freedom of ideas to flow in a risk-taking environment. Support and scaffolding occurs at each step merging both online and face-to-face experiences.
Jude Comeau’s class has been working on writing and voice via their blog. This post by one of the students reveal the amazing things that can happen when students are engaged in writing that matters. This student reached out to her community with an idea/plan that is part of her passion. And her community responded. What a memorable experience to have.
Another student in the class is finishing her year in another country. The blog became the portal that the student and her family continued their relationship and extended learning. Her friends are able to capture a glimmer of a world across the ocean through her lens and conversations are maintained. In fact, she decided that she was going to complete the same research project as her classmates. The world has indeed become ‘flat’ as suggested by Thomas Friedman.
I wonder how these students feel about their voice, their ideas, their writing now that they’ve had these experiences of connectedness. I also wonder about your thoughts on this. Please feel free to share by commenting.