Class log = slog! (As in weblog = blog)
In the never ending teacher quest of authentic writing experiences, such as journaling, let's try to simulate blogging in the (7th and 8th grade English language arts) classroom - slogging.
Students keep their slogs (composition notebook) in the classroom at all times. During slog time, they have choices to write (usually individual choice of topic, sometimes teacher directed), to give their slogs to others to read, comment on classmate's slog (if permission given by slog writer to comment, no anonymous comments allowed). I am administrator and moderator - I may inspect slogs at any time. I also participate in slogs, including writing my own slog, allow comments, comment on other slogs, etc.
After reading through dictionary definitions of slog, I think the idea of "plodding through" is a good metaphor for how many people (of all ages) regard writing. I prefer the idea of my students breezing through instead of plodding, of course... but that's just the goal of slogging! I admit I had to read dictionary definitions of "slog" to be sure of the original/common meanings (yeah, they really pay me to teach English!), but that just means my students won't know what slog means until I tell them.
Being a shoe fanatic - I kinda like "clog" ; ) even if it's not as catchy as "slog".
RUBRIC! Need a grading rubric. I'll think about that later and update here. YOUR comments welcome here.
I don't know what to call this list of "experts" who inspire ideas such as slog - "Credits"? You get the idea, right?
Nancy Atwell (aka Writing Workshop guru, author of In the Middle)
Carol A. Tomlinson (Differentiated Instruction guru)
Howard Gardiner (Multiple Intelligence Theory).
(updated - 7/25)