Teacher Review for WordPress.com

WordPress allows students to write for a greater audience beyond their peers in the classroom

Jeanne H.
Classroom teacher
Bellarmine Preparatory School
Tacoma, United States
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My Grades 9, 11, 12
My Subjects English Language Arts
My Rating
Learning Scores
Engagement
Pedagogy
Support
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time 5-15 minutes
Great for Creation
Homework
Individual
Practice
Student-driven work
Great with Advanced learners
How I Use It
I require that my students keep a journal or blog on literature, writing, or life in general. I also ask them to compile and create a writing portfolio at the end of the year as well. WordPress provides the perfect platform for those emerging writers who seek a greater audience. However, some of my students are not comfortable yet putting their thoughts out there, so I allow those who are reticent to write privately in a physical binder/notebook. I wonder if WordPress has an option for privacy.
My Take
WordPress is an ideal website for bloggers, writers, etc. It is also a realistic teaching tool. I think the students enjoy tinkering with the features, especially those who are technologically savvy. I keep a blog as well because I think as a teacher I should model what I desire from my pupils. I find WordPress relatively intuitive, but a bit clunky with images. That could be my user error, however.