For the third year, my class is being mentored by a class of pre-service teachers at the University of Regina. From January to April, while the university is holding classes, these second year students will be commenting on the blog entries of my six-year old students. This program has been so successful, that Patrick Lewis, the university professor whose class is participating in this, and I shared about this experience as part of the K12 Online Conference.
Once again, my students are over the moon to have these big “kids” as part of their learning network. They got to meet their buddies face to face digitally last week via Skype, and were eager to ask important questions such as “Do you have a phone number book?”, “Do you like Pokemon” and “I wonder if you’re having a good day?” Patrick took pictures of the “big buddies” and emailed them to me. I printed them off and gave them to the children to keep in their desks. As in past years, these precious pictures come out to be looked at many times each day. I even saw one of the pictures getting a kiss!
My favourite response, though, was by one of my students when I first explained what we would be doing with our blogging buddies and how they would be helping us to get to be better writers. He said, “Maybe we could find out if they have blogs and we could comment to help them out, too”. Out of the mouths of babes… Apparently none of them are blogging–yet. Well, ELNG 325? We’re waiting.