Why do we need mentors in the student blogging challenge? When I first began the challenge back in 2008, there was only about 200 students taking part and I could visit each of them three times over the ten week period.

But in the last challenge, there was over 1300 students and there was no way I could visit them often, so in 2010 I started asking people in education to mentor a small group 20-30 students over the ten week period of September to November.

If you register to be a mentor, please * keep checking back on this post* as I will allocate the students to you and mention in a reply who you will be visiting. I will also send you an email reminding you about checking this post early in the challenge.

As soon as students start registering, I will allocate mentors so please keep checking out the student participant’s page in the main header above to find out who you are mentoring.

**Who can be a mentor?**

- classroom teacher or homeschool teacher
- principal or senior staff or faculty members
- trainee teachers
- students who have taken part in at least two sets of previous challenges
- educational coaches or trainers
- regular blogger about educational matters

**What do you do if you are a mentor?**

- Visit your allocated student blogs at least three times throughout the challenge
- Leave comments on posts written by the students
- Continue conversations in the comments
- Remind them about visiting the main blogging challenge page each week
- contact me by email or a comment if having concerns or problems (contact is on right sidebar)

**So you have read the above and have decided you have the time to visit the student blogs, now it is time to register.**

**In a comment below, mention the following in any order:**

- A short bio of yourself including some interests
- Link to your own blog, especially a class blog or your personal blog
- Age group you would like to mentor

Original image: ‘My little helper‘

Looking forward to checking out the students blogs! I have passed on the details to a group of recently graduated teachers, so hopefully some of them will sign up to become mentors too.

Hi – I’m keen to help as a mentor for your blogging challenge. I am a newly qualified K-6 teacher in Victoria, working as a CRT and hoping to have my own grade next year. I have just started blogging and would be keen to help. Happy to mentor any age but would prefer Grades 3-6.

Thanks

Rachel

G’day Rachel,

Thanks for offering to be a mentor. I have added you to two smaller groups – one lot age 9 and another aged 10. Check the participation student list to find them. They will be at the end of each age group. If you know of any other newly qualified teachers who might like to help please get them to register as a mentor as well. I still need about 11 of them.

Hi … Just saw your tweet about needing more mentors. I am a grade five teacher in Victoria who enjoys blogging. You can visit my class blog at http://sites.berwickfieldsps.vic.edu.au/5a2012/

I am happy to help out if needed.

Gaby

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Hi Miss W.

I am having difficulties leaving comments in 12 of my students blog pages. Some pages are requesting that l have an edublog username and password, the others wants me to select a profile such as a google account. What should l do? Thanks Lisa

G’day Lisa,

I have asked that students have Name/URL as an option when using blogger. I will check out which students are involved and get back to their teachers for you.

Hi

My name is Lisa DiCarlo and l am a 3rd year Bachelor of Education student in Melbourne, Australia. I was introduce to this blogging challenge by my mentor teacher while on teaching rounds and would love to become a mentor to some students.

Hi Lisa,

Have given you some 12 year olds to mentor. Check the student participation page in the header above to find them. The maximum number of students will be 25. Please visit them and leave comments at least three times over the next ten weeks.

Thanks for mentoring.

Hi,

I’m a classroom teacher from Melbourne, Australia. I’ve mainly worked with 5/6s although I’m currently teaching 3/4s. I’m also our school’s ICT coordinator and have been using blogs and wikis within the 5/6 classrooms for several years. We are now extending that to our 3/4s who have all signed up for the blogging challenge.

I don’t mind which group I mentor.

My classroom blog is http://leesclassroom.global2.vic.edu.au/

Hi Lee,

Have given you some 11 year olds to mentor. Check the student participation page in the header above to find them. The maximum number of students will be 25. Please visit them and leave comments at least three times over the next ten weeks.

Thanks for mentoring.

Hello, My Name is Tim Swick. I am a Montessori Upper El teacher in Columbia, SC. I am interested in becoming a mentor for students age 8-12.

My personal blog is located at tswick.wordpress.com

I teach in a one to one computing classroom. I am interested in just about anything outdoors!

Hi Tim,

Have given you some 11 year olds to mentor. Check the student participation page in the header above to find them. The maximum number of students will be 25. Please visit them and leave comments at least three times over the next ten weeks.

Thanks for mentoring.

Tena koe (Hi)

I teach 9 to 11 year olds. I dont mind what age group I would mentor as I have a huge interest in blogging and all Web 2.0 tools. Here is my class blog:

http://c1glenholmeschool2012.blogspot.co.nz/

Hi Lisa,

Have given you some 13 year olds to mentor. Check the student participation page in the header above to find them. The maximum number of students will be 25. Please visit them and leave comments at least three times over the next ten weeks.

Thanks for mentoring.

Hi,

My name is Alison and I teach year 2/3D at holy family school in Melbourne, Australia. My class blog is http://kidslearningtogether.global2.vic.edu.au/

I Am interested in mentoring students in their blogging challenge. I would prefer primary aged children aged 8 – 12 years old.

Hi Alison,

Have given you some 13 year olds to mentor. Check the student participation page in the header above to find them. The maximum number of students will be 25. Please visit them and leave comments at least three times over the next ten weeks.

Thanks for mentoring.

Any age-group K-7 works for me. I like that you specified how many times to respond to the blogs within what time period – good guidelines! Can’t wait to read what the kids have written.

Hi Mme Veilleux,

Have given you some 13 year olds to mentor. Check the student participation page in the header above to find them. The maximum number of students will be 25. Please visit them and leave comments at least three times over the next ten weeks.

Thanks for mentoring.

PS There is also a grade 1/2 class writing their blog in French that you might like to follow.

Hello Sue,

I am an English teacher from Moscow, Russia. If you still need mentors, I could follow a group of students, preferably 15-17 year-olds, as I teach 9-10 grade students, but not necessarily this age group.

This is my class blog:

http://tatyanachernaya.edublogs.org/

With best wishes,

Mrs Black (my name in the previous challenges)

Hi Tatyana,

Have given you some 14 year olds to mentor. Check the student participation page in the header above to find them. The maximum number of students will be 25. Please visit them and leave comments at least three times over the next ten weeks.

Thanks for mentoring.

Thank you so much! I’m really looking forward to it. This is such a great initiative! I have a dozen or so students of my own participating and they were so excited today – just to find out the names of their mentors. Thank you Sue.

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Greetings. I’m a Media Specialist at the Teacher Education Resource Center. Currently, I work with pre-service education students; my educational background is K-8. I’m very much interested in all

things Web 2.0. I’d enjoy mentoring and would welcome any age group. My blog is http://www.dinahhunt.edublogs.org

Hi Dinah,

Have given you some 16 year olds to mentor. Check the student participation page in the header above to find them. As more students register, you will have more added to your list. The maximum number of students will be 25. Please visit them and leave comments at least three times over the next ten weeks.

Thanks for mentoring.

Hi,

I’ve been teaching kids and adults about and with computers for many years, and this year will be a lower school STEAM Integrator at a school in Riverdale, NY. I LOVE to swim freestyle outdoors in the summer, practice yoga, kayak and walk. And I am excited about teaching Lego robotics using the NXT language, and Scratch and WeDo sensors!

I’ve been blogging since April 2007 at http://neurons.wordpress.com/

Would like to mentor ages 8-11 (grades 3-5 or 6).

Cheers, Laurie

Hi Laurie,

Have given you some 12 year olds to mentor. Check the student participation page in the header above to find them. As more students register, you will have more added to your list. The maximum number of students will be 25. Please visit them and leave comments at least three times over the next ten weeks.

Thanks for mentoring.

ICT Integrator at small Primary school in suburban Melbourne

This is the second round that my students will be participating – had 20 last time and another 15 volunteered this time.

Happy to mentor Primary age preferred

My professional blog http://ccoffa.edublogs.org/

Class Blogs for students involved

http://themiddlematters.blogspot.com.au/

and

http://juniorsblackburn.edublogs.org/

Hi Celia,

Have given you some 13 year olds to mentor. Check the student participation page in the header above to find them. As more students register, you will have more added to your list. The maximum number of students will be 25. Please visit them and leave comments at least three times over the next ten weeks.

Thanks for mentoring.

I have just started blogging with my students at http://room5wickham.edublogs.org/ I have been teaching for 28 years and am happy to mentor middle/upper primary aged students. Good luck with the challenge!

Hi Mary,

Have given you some 12 year olds to mentor. Check the student participation page in the header above to find them. As more students register, you will have more added to your list. The maximum number of students will be 25. Please visit them and leave comments at least three times over the next ten weeks.

Thanks for mentoring.

I can help out with some mentoring. I am an Assistant Principal here in South Australia, and I will getting some of the students I am working with here to be part of the Challenge as well. I am willing to help out where needed.

Hi Graham,

Have given you some 11 year olds to mentor. Check the student participation page in the header above to find them. As more students register, you will have more added to your list. The maximum number of students will be 25. Please visit them and leave comments at least three times over the next ten weeks.

Thanks for mentoring.

I was a teacher at primary school many years ago but now teacher of undergraduate students. I am passionate about technology for teaching, learning and research. I am interested in student of any age. I teach undergraduate students at the University of Lagos Nigeria. My blog address: http://www.unodays.blogspot.com. This is one of about six blogs that I have and the blog here is not much of education materials but to indicate that I blog. Other blogs are not yet well developed:www.oluolufemi.blogspot.com

Please email when you have found mentees for me as am not sure I will come this way at the time you are ready to link me with the mentee.

Hi Olufemi,

Have given you some 18 year olds to mentor. Check the student participation page in the header above to find them. As more students register, you will have more added to your list. The maximum number of students will be 25. Please visit them and leave comments at least three times over the next ten weeks.

Thanks for mentoring.

Bio http://dangerouslyirrelevant.org/bio

URL http://www.dangerouslyirrelevant.org

I’m happy to mentor students of any age.

I likely will NOT remember to check back here, so please email me when you’ve assigned me a mentee!

Hi Scott,

Have given you some 15 year olds to mentor. Check the student participation page in the header above to find them. As more students register, you will have more added to your list. The maximum number of students will be 25. Please visit them and leave comments at least three times over the next ten weeks.

Thanks for mentoring.

Dear Sue,

Mu name is Kylie, I teach grade 5 in Victoria and this is my second year blogging. http://mrskyliemiller.global2.vic.edu.au/

Blogging has become an integral part of my teaching and my students’ learning. Each of my students has their own blog and I am constantly impressed and proud of their blogging achievements. Some of my interests are ICT, reading and travel.

I would like to mentor students around the age of 11 but am flexible.

Kind regards,

Kylie

Hi Kylie,

Have given you some 12 year olds to mentor. Check the student participation page in the header above to find them. As more students register, you will have more added to your list. The maximum number of students will be 25. Please visit them and leave comments at least three times over the next ten weeks.

Thanks for mentoring.

Hi

I started a blog with my class this year http://mrsbriers.wordpress.com/ and we have really enjoyed it. We used it to share some of their writing with their peers and to communicate out of school. Some of the children went on to create their own personal blogs. As I love reading, I have also used the blog to try to encourage the children to read for pleasure.

I would prefer to mentor primary aged children as that is where my experience lies.

Regards

Lynn

Hi Lynn,

Have given you some 11 year olds to mentor. Check the student participation page in the header above to find them. As more students register, you will have more added to your list. The maximum number of students will be 25. Please visit them and leave comments at least three times over the next ten weeks.

Thanks for mentoring.

I would love to be a mentor in the student blogging challenge. I have been blogging for the past few years. You can read my posts at http://waingortgrade2spanishbilingual.blogspot.com/

I blog on all issues related to education and am challenging myself to post weekly until it becomes a habit so that I can then challenge myself to post twice a week. I have been teaching for the past 25 years and am starting a new position at an international school in Ecuador this fall. I would love to mentor grade 2 or 3 bloggers though I’m open to other levels as well.

I look forward to this opportunity.

Thank you,

Elisa

Hi Elisa,

Have given you some 6-8 year olds to mentor. Check the student participation page in the header above to find them. As more students register, you will have more added to your list. The maximum number of students will be 25. Please visit them and leave comments at least three times over the next ten weeks.

Thanks for mentoring.

Hi Miss W,

I would love to be a mentor. I’ll be working with several of our district’s classrooms and mentoring them as well. However, I’d be happy to mentor other classes also. I’ll only be able to mentor a small group of students this term.

Regards,

Mrs. Watanabe

Hi Tracy,

Have given you some 6-8 year olds to mentor, including Em. The maximum number of students will be 10. Please visit them and leave comments at least three times over the next ten weeks.

Thanks for mentoring.

Hi Dear Sue,

Actually the last Edublogs’ student challenge was a great opportunity to increase younger people’s knowledge about necessary information on blogging. Many different subjects in new challenge program, will make it more attractive for students. Thanks for your effort.

As previous challenge, I’m ready to act as a mentor in present challenge.

Hi Astaneh,

Have given you some 16 year olds to mentor. Check the student participation page in the header above to find them. As more students register, you will have more added to your list. The maximum number of students will be 25. Please visit them and leave comments at least three times over the next ten weeks.

Thanks for mentoring.

Hi! I am a third grade teacher in Arizona who loves technology, reading and music. I started blogging with my class last year: http://blogs.goaj.org/mrshamman/

I would be most comfortable mentoring elementary aged students (under age 12). Thank you!

Hi Mrs Hamman,

Have given you some 10 year olds to mentor. Check the student participation page in the header above to find them. As more students register, you will have more added to your list. The maximum number of students will be 25. Please visit them and leave comments at least three times over the next ten weeks.

Thanks for mentoring.

Hi Sue,

I am a preservice teacher at the University of Calgary in Alberta, Canada. I am interested in mentoring students in grades K-9, but will do high school if there is more need. My personal blog is http://barbenglish.wordpress.com/. My interests include: literacy, social justice, 21st century learning, and integration of technology into my practice.

Barb english

Hi Barb,

Have given you some 14 year olds to mentor. Check the student participation page in the header above to find them. As more students register, you will have more added to your list. The maximum number of students will be 25. Please visit them and leave comments at least three times over the next ten weeks.

Thanks for mentoring.

I am an Assistant Principal and Year 5/6 Opportunity Class teacher from Tighes Hill Public School in NSW Australia. I have a passion for extending kids through technology and innovative practice. I regularly do training in blogging, edmodo, web2 for teachers in our region.

I would prefer to mentor late primary school kids but actually don’t mind who I get. My class blog is http://hccweb2.org/thps_oc I also have 27 student edublogs attached.

Hi Jason,

Have given you some 11 year olds to mentor. Check the student participation page in the header above to find them. As more students register, you will have more added to your list. The maximum number of students will be 25. Please visit them and leave comments at least three times over the next ten weeks.

Thanks for mentoring.

I am happy to be a mentor. I am a classroom teacher who teachers grade 3/4 students at Frankston East Primary School in Melbourne Australia. Our class blog can be found at http://www.feps34.global2.vic.edu.au

I am interested in research, literacy, and creative maths.

Belinda Hazzledine

Hi Belinda,

Have given you some 10 year olds to mentor. Check the student participation page in the header above to find them. As more students register, you will have more added to your list. The maximum number of students will be 25. Please visit them and leave comments at least three times over the next ten weeks.

Thanks for mentoring.

Hi I am a teacher in New Zealand who works with children with vision impairments. I have a huge interest area in e-learning and also about telling stories to show our learning. I have a love of literacy and of sharing this love with others. My edublog is my reflections related to my teaching practice and my personal blog is about my values in life and the things that I enjoy. I would prefer to mentor younger children but am open to a mixed group.

Hi Leanne,

Have given you some 9 year olds to mentor. Check the student participation page in the header above to find them. As more students register, you will have more added to your list. The maximum number of students will be 25. Please visit them and leave comments at least three times over the next ten weeks.

Thanks for mentoring.

I love this idea! I’m a Rutgers University undergraduate student studying education and English, blogger at teacherunderconstruction.com, recently published post, “How Blogging and Social Media Changed My Life” that I think fits perfectly with your mission. Post can be found here.

Hi Stephanie,

Have given you some 15 year olds to mentor. Check the student participation page in the header above to find them. As more students register, you will have more added to your list. The maximum number of students will be 25. Please visit them and leave comments at least three times over the next ten weeks.

Thanks for mentoring.

Teacher, lecturer and academic success coach.

Websites: http://www.studyvibe.com.au; http://countdowntocrunchtime.webs.com

Hi Leonie,

Have given you some 17 year olds to mentor. Check the student participation page in the header above to find them. As more students register, you will have more added to your list. The maximum number of students will be 25. Please visit them and leave comments at least three times over the next ten weeks.

Thanks for mentoring.

I have had a look at some of the blogs already and am really looking forward to seeing their work unfold.

Hi Sue. I’m Deputy Principal & Year 6/7 teacher in a primary school in the Adelaide Hills. Our class blog is at http://thompson67.edublogs.org

If possible I would prefer to mentor students between 12 & 14 years old, but I can be flexible.

Hi Pam,

Thanks for mentoring.

Portfolio http://www.youthcoachinginfo.com

Blog billhorniak.blogspot.com/

Grades 5-8 I prefer but can will do HS STUDENTS AS WELL…

Hi Bill,

Have given you some 13 year olds to mentor. Check the student participation page in the header above to find them. As more students register, you will have more added to your list. The maximum number of students will be 25. Please visit them and leave comments at least three times over the next ten weeks.

Thanks for mentoring.