wanted: digital parent volunteers!
I am looking for interested parents and relatives (Yes! Grandma and Grandpa who live across the country would make GREAT Digital Volunteers!) of my students who can volunteer their time by providing feedback and encouragement digitally for our class in a blogging platform.
What would I have to do?
As a Digital Volunteer, you would be expected to visit students' blogs and post comments that praise their ideas, and push them to think about them in a different way in order to develop them further. You would be proof for the kids that people are out there who are reading their posts, and care about their ideas.
What is the time commitment?
This is the beauty of being a Digital Volunteer-- the days and times you work on this, and the amount of time spent on it is completely up to you! You do not need to come to school in order to volunteer in this way. The more students who receive a comment from you, the better. However, you do NOT need to comment on all 28 kids at once! Spread it out, do several a week... whatever fits into your schedule!
How do I start?
First, click the button below to fill out a QUICK Google Form that will let Mrs. Raney know that you will be starting as a Digital Volunteer for our class.
Then, please review the Blog Commenting Expectations. We went over this with the students at the beginning of the school year. This will help you be aware of the expectations we have for them so that you can model this with your own comments.
Next, you can click the button below it to view the Google Doc with links to each student's blog. This link is also found on our class tab of the 5th grade website.
Finally, comment away!
Remember: Your purpose is to give the kids something to push their thinking further. Ask questions to make them elaborate on or go deeper with their ideas. Present new ideas so that they think about things from a different angle, perhaps. Your comments will also show students that their thoughts are out there for the WORLD to read (and that people are reading them!)... not just Mrs. Raney and their classmates.
To help you, HERE is a document that will be continually added to by Mrs. Raney as blog assignments are added. It will give you some ideas of what students should have in their posts, and how you might comment to them about it.
Thank you for taking on this important role!
As always, contact Mrs. Raney if you have any questions or concerns at any time! :)