Blogging with Students

Last year, I created a blog requirement for my HS classes. I had no idea if it would be something that I would continue doing as a requirement or if I would let it go and try something different this year.  Well, I’m hooked, and am excited to be planning for year #2 of blogging with my students. This year I want to involve video and podcasting! There’s so much for this old dog to learn!

Entering year #23 of my career, there is more scrutiny of the profession now than ever before, and an increased need to change with the times and move into the 21st century. There are several stances a teacher can take when facing these realities: defensive, angry, or proactive.  I choose the latter, and I want to use the technology available to us to share what we are doing in class and what my students are learning!  I’m proud of them – why not work to share it!

My repeat students will maintain their blog as a continuation from year to year. So that at the end of their high school art experience, they will have a document that shows their growth and evolution as a student artist, all in one place!

Here are a few links to some of my students’ blogs from 2011-2012! Click here to visit our class blog.

Kathleen D

Nikki D

Tara M

Caitlynne C

Helena V

Sammi S

Noa B

About Karen

Karen Kiick began her teaching career in 1990 in East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania. Since 1996, she has taught at Haddon Township High School in Westmont, New Jersey. She is her District's K-12 Visual and Performing Arts Facilitator and currently teaches 9th through 12th grades. Karen is a five-time recipient (2005, 2010, 2013, 2015, 2017) of the New Jersey Governor’s Award for Excellence in Art Education. She is also the 2017 National Secondary Art Teacher of the Year and the 2015 NJ Art Educator of the Year.
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