My students and I, are slowly but surely getting the hang of blogging. Some of the obstacles that came up this week-My request for students' blogs URLS went unnoticed by half of the class, which cut into our computer time/writing time. One of my students has a minimal knowledge of computer use and I found myself helping him work the mouse. Last but not least, I had to remind my students that their blogs are worth 40% of their final grade, and 10% of that 40 is basic maintenance and updating.
On the other hand, most students' blogs are turning out wonderfully. They are actively engaging with the assignments, composing insightful posts in response to quotes from the readings and one student in particular has not only created a wonderful theme for his blog, Zeus-father of gods and men,which is super great as the class theme is masculinities) but his posts go well above and beyond the required length. I'm so impressed with his work. If anyone gets a chance, check out his blog http://zeusfatherofgodsandmen.blogspot.com/.
But I have also noticed that the students' posts, in comparison to their diagnostic, are often lacking in basic punctuation, capitalization and spelling. Should I comment on this when I comment on the student's blogs or just mention it to the class in general (i.e. blogs are a reflection of the student's work as should be made presentable, yady, yady, yada)? Maybe I'm just expecting too much?
Another issue which is developing is that two of my students appear to be dating, and when I ask the entire class that each student comment on another student's blog, the female student makes comments such as "i'm hanging out with my bf" or "you[addressed to the boyfriend] can say whatever you like it's your blog". Maybe I'm blowing this way out of proportion but, I'm a bit concerned that the female in particular is not taking the class or the commenting on other students' blogs seriously. I mentioned, before these comments even made an appearance, to the entire class on the first week that their blogs are academic projects and the content posted there should reflect that. Any suggestions?