If Only The Best Birds Sang…

…How Silent The Woods Would Be!

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Hello and Welcome to our blog

‘If Only The Best Birds Sang’.

Let us tell you a little about it:

We hope our blog can:

 

1. enable family and friends to see

the work that the children do,

reflecting the variety of their interests,

and that which is important to

a group of primary school students,

using a variety of media and blogging tools.

 

2. give opportunities for the children to

access educational websites

and activities, relevant to their learning,

many of which they have already used in school.

 

3. help the children learn about

digital language and literacy,

their digital footprint and online safety,

copyright and etiquette.

 

3. provide information about aspects

of the primary school curriculum

and the work we are doing in class

for parents and other interested visitors.

 

4. communicate beyond our classroom and school,

to include family members abroad

and a wider school blogging community.

Click here to meet some  

of our ‘Blogging Buddies’.

 

Since September 2012

a short blogging and online literacy session

has been timetabled daily.

From September 2016

we have also been working on a history blog:

The History of The Grey Stones

so ‘If Only the Best Birds Sang’

has been a little quieter.

 

As work in various areas is completed

it is added to the blog.

In this way blogging is

an integrated part of our school day.

We have been very fortunate to

have Transition Year students

and others on work experience

work with individual children on the blog.

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Online safety presents interesting challenges.

Because no photos or video footage where a child

could be identified are included,

we try to get the originality,

character and personality of the class

across in other innovative ways.

(You can read about some of the ways

we do that here.)

 

Teacher moderates all comments

and encourages students to write

good quality, grammatically correct comments.

 

Our Twitter feed is a very important part of our

blog. We use it to keep in contact with the

‘Blogging Buddies’ we make. Teacher retweets

news and views and pictures that we can then

talk about in class.

 

The blog title comes from the longer quotation,

‘If only the best birds sang,

how silent the woods would be.’

(variously attributed to Henry D Thoreau

or Henry Van Dyke)

 

This reflects a wish that

all students would have

the self belief to join in,

in the areas of music, art, drama, sports

and school work

with confidence.

 

Certainly Teacher has observed

that seeing their work online

enhances the children’s self esteem,

 

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Thank you for visiting our blog.

Why not stay and look around.

We would LOVE if you left a comment

on one of our posts.

14 thoughts on “If Only The Best Birds Sang…

  1. Hi Merry Beau!

    I’m sorry I haven’t replied to you in a while. Anyway, This is very cool because it seem as if you and your class are very inspirational because you guys inspire me sometimes. though, I wish that you would post stories or something. And I wonder, If only the best birds sang, how silent would the woods be? I couldn’t picture that..
    Please leave a comment on my blog becuse it would be much appreciated.
    Sincerely,
    Milani
    http://blog.elanco.org/ly361/

  2. Hello again Milani,

    Thank you for visiting our class blog. If you would like to see the stories students write here is a link http://merrybeau.edublogs.org/tag/childrens-writing/ We really enjoy finding good pictures to go with our stories.
    Story writing is a very popular activity in school. What are your favourite subjects in school?

    With every good wish,
    Merry Beau

  3. Hi this is Emilee
    than you for the tips I will use them coming up thank you. I love getting more comments on my blog. I am glad that you like my work I have been working hard to catch up on my stories. Thank you. 🙂

  4. Hi Emilee,
    Thanks for you comment.
    Well done on all your blogging work.
    With every good wish
    Merry Beau

  5. Hello Merry Beau, are school has finally finished the PSSA, and now I will be on my blog a lot more. Thank you for commenting on my blog almost everyday! Sorry if I missed a challenge, but I was doing the PSSA. Well, bye for now.

  6. Hi Ashton, thank you for visiting our blog.
    I bet you are glad to be finished the PSSA.
    Our standardized tests only start on the 15th May.
    I hope you are not worn out after all that testing.
    With every good wish
    Merry Beau

  7. Hi, Merrybeau!
    Do you have an Anna in your class?
    May Wohlafka
    Mentor
    Student Blogging Challenge

  8. Hello Mrs Wohlafka,
    My class are not doing the Student Blogging Challenge this year.
    I mentored a super student called Anna this time last year.
    At that time her engagement was admirable. She always replied to comments with lively and interesting responses.
    I see you are her mentor this year.
    Perhaps this is the student you mean?
    I have been mentoring again this year. I find that with school assignments, Spring break and standardized tests it is challenging for the students to complete the tasks.
    I have felt in the past it is worth it if even one of the students being mentored ‘takes off’ and ‘starts to fly’ 😉
    With every good wish
    Merry Beau

  9. Yes, I mean the Anna I am mentoring. She hasn’t responded to my comments since March, so I was wondering if you had some other way to get in touch with her. But she only posted through Week 4, so maybe she has something else going on in her life right now.
    You’re right, it is worth it even if only one student being mentored “starts to fly”.
    Best wishes,
    May

  10. This has happened to me too. The students start off with the best will in the world, but other commitments can get in the way.
    With every good wish
    Merry Beau

  11. Hello Again,
    I had an interesting evening. I was at a meeting in the school. I hope you had a diverting evening too.

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