Sunday, July 13, 2014

#Kinderblog14, Week 2: Letters to the Editor

Hello again, friends! I know it is already Monday in some parts of the world, but it's still Sunday in my beautiful Mountain Time Zone, so I AM NOT LATE YET!

I loved loved loved reading your responses to the Week #1 challenge, so much so that I sort of want to just make you all finish ANOTHER draft post, just to see what we are all hesitant and unsure about. I sometimes feel like the bravest thing we do, as bloggers, is hit "publish" and wait for the response.

HOWEVER, I imagine you all would like a new challenge, so here it is. (Please note that this will still required you to Be Brave). This is a new sort of challenge (almost like a field trip!) and it has 2 parts:

1: ANYWHERE ON THE GREAT WIDE INTERWEBZ: Find an article or blog post that you do not agree with, and post your response in the comments of that article/post. Obviously, do this in a way that is respectful, professional, and kind, but BE CLEAR about your points of disagreement and the reasons for them.

2: On your OWN blog, share a link to the article, a brief summary of it, and tell us WHY it pressed your buttons. Is it just plain WRONG? It is misleading? Is it misinformed, or not adequately informed? Is it striking a nerve for you personally because of a specific situation or experience?

Yeah. I know. I am totally pushing you to air some of your dirty laundry. It feels good. Trust me.

When you're all done, tweet the link with the #kinderblog tag, share it in the comments below, and/or on our Facebook page.

Ok... go!


  1. This is an interesting challenge. When I read a post that seems like it's whack, I usually stop reading and move away from it. I don't go into that persons turf and disrupt the flow they have going with their fans. Disagreeing can often lead to a backlash from others who support the OP (original poster.) I am often called out for my lack of tact so I think it may be in my best interest to sit this one out and watch how more skillful people do it. Keeping us fresh here, Amy. Thanks.


    1. Well written. Wondering if you have had a chance to read the response. I think it was well approached from both parties commenting.

  3. I had a hard time with this one. Coming up with a topic and actually expressing disagreement is not something I'm very comfortable with. Here is a little rant about data walls.

  4. Not a K teacher, but enjoyed being involved in the past with Kinderchat guest posting and have continued to follow. Thought I might get involved with this summer challenge, but find that since I blog to communicate with parents the thoughts you are requesting do not really fit. I'll join in by following and commenting at this time. I believe it's important to express thoughts that may be of a different slant from the individual posting, but have found that a site like LinkedIn provides me with a more appropriate forum to do that, than commenting on blogs. The purpose for stating my points is to cause reflection, not just to state them. I appreciate the way a diverse discussion will continue on LinkIn. I agree with Gail, if I think a blog post is whack, I move on and often do not come back. There are too many inspiring pieces to waste time on negative works.

  5. I got a response to my comment... Not going to lie, I was a little nervous about that! I stand by my comments though, even if she feels I missed the point of her post...

    Leigh Langton July 17, 2014 at 10:05 PM
    WOW! Thank you for sharing such a wonderful and detailed opinion on writing instruction. I think you missed the point of my post, but I appreciate you taking the time to read and comment. I totally agree that student's should feel unrestrained when writing, but I am a firm believer that teaching writing structure (especially for reluctant writers) will further creative writing. It harbors a "safe house" where students feel they can explore the writing process without worrying about structure. I've seen this structure used to create elaborate multi-chapter stories from 8 year olds in my own classroom. That's the beauty of it. It can be bent and molded to fit the needs of the user, while serving as a reminder of the key components exceptional writings pertain. The formula I mention is just the "training wheels" for students to use before they write on their own. Once again, I appreciate you taking the time to share and for starting this writing instruction dialogue. Thanks!