Micro-QuadBlogging

Guest post from:
Kimberley Rivett, Point View Primary School
Auckland
New Zealand

We are a large, urban, multicultural primary school with 33 classes from Year 0/1 – Year 6. We are exceptionally well resourced with technology, so we certainly have the means to begin and sustain a project such as quadblogging. BUT…we had 2 big challenges: (1) what could we do as a school to get everyone blogging and commenting? (2) how could we quadblog when the world outside were all on summer holidays?!

Enter the simplest of solutions: quadblogging within our own walls. We wanted the BIG outcome to be global collaboration and communication through international quads, but for now, this was the ideal solution to get us all started! Why wait until summer ended for everyone else and watch the months tick by? No way! We had all that we needed right in our backyard to get started, and so we did!

Quadblogging is manageable, since everyone has a 4 week, finite amount of time to undertake the challenge. So it was decided that the easiest way to organise things was to let people volunteer to part of the project and the response was amazing, so much so that we have formed quads with a range of age levels. This is very different to the ways that quads are usually formed. In fact, the quads that I have been part of are formed so that they are the same level/s, but we mixed this around. For example, my in-school quad at the moment is Year 2, Year 3&4, Year 3 and Year 6! Talk about a wide range of abilities! But we set our collective goal as this – to get the kids reading blogs, to enjoy what others are writing and learning about, to have an authentic audience and to learn to comment effectively. What better way to achieve this?

This is our starting platform – the big goal is to get us all quadblogging globally. But THAT is for next term when all of the rest of the world have come in from the hols and are back into their classrooms! Meanwhile, we are refining what we know about writing comments and we are becoming expert New Zealand, in-school quadbloggers. And let’s be honest, if it’s all about an authentic audience, responses to writing and getting reflective about our learning, then I think we have managed that!

Kimberley Rivett, Point View Primary School
Auckland
New Zealand


6 Replies to “Micro-QuadBlogging”

  1. Hello 3GI teach Room 7 in Hamilton, NZ and we are so excited about our qudailoggbng journey together!I just know that we are going to learn form each other and really enjoy making those global connections which are so important.Looking forward to commenting on your blog this week.Mrs Natusch

  2. I am confused by this website. How do I start a blog that will be eligible for this world wide approach to authentic school creative writing?
    Thanks,
    Sandra
    Teacher of English, Creative Writing, Drama
    Chariho High School

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