Blogging for Reflection and Ownership

Contributor: Sandra Sinfield @Danceswithcloud

Idea: Without reflection there is no learning – so to get students to reflect we ask them to blog about their learning each week (starter questions: what/why/reaction/learned/next steps) – in a WordPress blog that they customise and ‘own’. We encourage them to read each others’ blogs and leave supportive comments. At the end of the year, all the students realise that not only have they learned more than they realised – they have also developed a writing confidence…

Practitioner comments: “The students write about learning in their own voices – they start to own it – it belongs to them – and not to us. In the process they realise that they CAN write!!”

Useful Links

Sandra suggests here websites as inspiration for her students:

Credits: “I do this with my students – supported by colleagues Tom Burns and Sandra Abegglen”



The creative peer reviewer

Contributor: Dr Juliette Wilson-Thomas @JuliettePhD

Idea: Use blog posts as continuous assessment and ‘critical friends’ to comment and respond to those posts in creative ways i.e. an image, ‘I liked… I wish…, what if…’, a poem, or a collage.