My students are not great writers, at least not yet – and the writing test is coming up in a few weeks. Wait, did I say a few weeks. I meant a week. Yes, one week. Okay, one and a half. At any rate, the exact length of time is not important. What is important is that they are not great writers and, of course, the best way to make them better writers is to make them write. Everyday. Which they’ve been doing – but when they write in their journals there are usually only two people who are going to read it – the author and the teacher.
I have them write online, but they don’t really seem to "own" that space. They respond to my questions, they respond to others’ responses, but they don’t really raise any questions, or start any discussions, of their own. That’s what I’d actually like to see, them bringing up some of their own ideas for discussion amongst themselves. So, how now I’m confronted with the question of how to get them writing, on a daily basis, and get them to improve their writing. Actually, I just want them to see the valor of writing about things outside of class.
What I need is a livejournal-esque things that would be accessible from the school. I mean, I think it’d be great to take them to the computers on a weekly basis to update their journals, while giving them something they can use as a tool outside of class as well, but, so far I haven’t had any luck finding anything like this.