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  1. Merry Beau

    Hi there,
    My name is Merry Beau and I am your student blogging challenge mentor. I will be popping in to visit your blog over the course of the challenge and seeing how you are getting on.
    I teach children between the ages of 4 and 12 and I am from Ireland. I have two grown up children: one is a midwife and the other hopes to join the Irish army shortly. My hobbies are blogging and gardening. I would on our school website and three school blogs; my own class blog, a Green Schools blog and a history one. Here is a link to our class blog http://merrybeau.edublogs.org/category/student-favourite/
    I also love walking our dog. She is a seven year old Japanese Akita and is a very loyal and protective member of our family. I see you have a pitbull, so you will know what I mean.
    My class and I have done the student blogging challenge in the past.I see you have too. So you will know that if you ‘keep with it’ you will learn a lot. As Ms.W says you can choose from the suggested activities to do what really interests you. That way blogging is such fun. I was DELIGHTED to see your All About Me page and also you Student Blogging Challenge badge. That way when I visit your blog I am sure you are taking part.
    It would be lovely to hear back from you. Otherwise I feel like I am talking to myself. Part of the fun of blogging is getting to hear from people all over the world. As Miss W. says if you finish your tasks why not visit other student bloggers and leave a comment to say hello.
    With every good wish

  2. merrybeau

    Hello Again from Ireland Bryan.
    Wishing you a Happy St. Patrick’s Day for Friday 17th March. We here in Ireland have no school on that day and many of the children will be marching in the St.Patrick’s Day parade. Many of them will be marching with a sports club or youth group that they belong to.
    Do you belong to any sports or hobby group? When I was your age I belonged to a swimming club and a choir. The children I teach belong to lots of clubs. They seem to do at least as many after school activities as there are working days in the week: activities like theatre group, yoga, rugby, basketball, science club and art. Some children are so busy they have more than one after school activity in a day.
    Spring has arrived here in Ireland. We have had a very mild winter, but see on the TV news that Pennsylvania has had some snow recently. I hope it did not cause too much disruption. However, even though the weather is Spring like this week, the weather forecast for St.Patrick’s Day is for light rain and wind.
    I am really hoping for longer comment from you. It would be fun to get a conversation started.
    So long for now, with every good wish, Merry Beau

    1. bryanbbz1 (Post author)

      My mom and dad are going to Scotland and Ireland during the summer. My mom thinks that they are beautiful places and I agree.I love soccer/football. My parents say only one after school activity because they want me to get really good at one thing. My soccer/football team won first place last year!(in a tournament) I just realized that my favorite youtuber is Irish. We got about 8in of snow last week and 2 and 1/2 days of school off! But weather this year was crazy. It was 45-50 degrees in the middle of winter! how was it for you?

      1. Merry Beau

        Well done Connor. We haven’t had a snow day since 2010. We had really bad snow then and had ten days off school. This was really unusual as the climate in Ireland is usually temperate. This winter was unusually mild and we hardly had frost or ice even. Weather in Ireland is unpredictable. We sometimes talk about having four seasons in one day. We talk about weather a lot 😉 With every good wish, Merry Beau

  3. merrybeau

    Hello Again Connor.

    Sorry I called you Bryan in my last message.

    When I opened this page I thought when I saw ‘Hi’ that you had replied to my message, so I addressed my reply to Bryan.

    Sorry for the mix up Connor.

    With every good wish

    Merry Beau

  4. Merry Beau

    Hi Conor, Thanks for replying. That will be a lovely holiday for your parents. I think they are sensible to get you to concentrate on one activity. I often see children starting activities (like piano) much too young and sticking with activities for just a couple of weeks and then changing to another one. That doesn’t work 🙂
    Just checking in on all the students that I am mentoring to check that the challenge is going well for people. I can see that it is going well for you; that you have your challenge badge up, and are doing lots of the suggested challenges. Also you are replying to comments. Well done.
    Keep up the great work, Merry Beau

  5. merrybeau

    Hello again,
    I hope all is good with you.
    Ms.Wyatt has put up a really interesting set of challenges this week on family, culture and your home country. I really look forward to seeing which challenge or challenges you choose and what you write.
    You can see what she is suggesting here:

    You are all doing SO well in Mr.Geiman’s class on the Student Blogging Challenge, that I suggest that you aim to do your VERY best work and if you are REALLY proud of it, that you draw Ms.Wyatt’s attention to it by posting a link to it on this page. She may feature it on the Flipboard magazine or give your work a mention in a post later on in the challenge.

    If I see any TRULY wonderful work on your blogs between now and the end of the challenge I plan to pass the link on to Ms.Wyatt also.

    NOW. THIS IS IMPORTANT… If you are sending a link to the post you feel you have done really well DON’T sent her a link to your whole blog. For example this is a link to our class blog. http://merrybeau.edublogs.org/
    Instead send Ms.Wyatt a link to the actual post. For example this is a link to a special post on our class blog that we wrote for the students in Mr. Geiman’s class http://merrybeau.edublogs.org/2017/04/09/a-special-post-for-mr-geimans-class-in-pennsylvania-usa/
    This is because there are over two thousand students doing the student blogging challenge and if Ms.Wyatt is directed to a blog it would take time for her to find the actual post that you would like her to see.

    With every good wish and wishing you a Happy Easter,
    Merry Beau

  6. bryanbbz1 (Post author)

    My school has PSSA’s so we might fall a bit behind on the blog challenge. But I will try to do my blog challenge on women’s rights and racism.(two subjects that my family is very pashion about.

  7. Merry Beau

    Hi Connor,
    Good luck in your PSSA’s. Our students have their standardized tests during the month of may.
    All you can do is your best and I understand that the tests are very important.
    A blog challenge on women’s rights and racism would be commendable.
    Keep up to good work,
    Merry Beau

  8. Merry Beau

    Hello again,

    Just to say I sent the following note to Ms.Wyatt,
    ‘Great news. I am having such a great time mentoring the hardworking bloggers that you assigned me from Mr. Geiman’s class.
    There is every sign between badges, About Me pages, posts and the use of the hashtag #stubc17 that they are all on board with the Student Blogging Challenge.’
    I have been a mentor for a number of years now and you are far and above the best group I have ever mentored. Congrations and well done to you and your teacher.

    This week Ms. Wyatt says you should prepared for a game that will be coming up as part of the Student Challenge in a couple of weeks. In order to be prepared she you like you to have at least 5 other student blogs linked on the sidebar of your blog, in a page near your header area or in a recent post that your visitors can find easily. Make sure these are blogs from other students around the world, not just those in your class or school. Perhaps have a blogroll or link category called Global students or Global classes. You can read how to do that on this link: http://help.edublogs.org/blogroll/

    Ms. Wyatt also says ‘Having read many of your posts, I came up with the following essentials in a great post.
    • catchy title
    • includes at least one visual (with attribution) whether photo, cartoon, video or another web 2.0 tool like padlet or glogster
    • interesting topic with the passion of the author coming through
    • well written and not copy/pasted from somewhere else
    • shows it has been proofread and spellchecked
    • written in paragraphs – at least three of them
    • includes links to other websites on similar topics – at least two of these’

    I would agree with Ms.Wyatt and in particular I would say that visuals are important. So is checking one’s spellings. Sometimes, I have seen lovely posters made that were very visual, but a spelling mistake on the poster took away from the overall effect.

    Ms. Wyatt asks that ‘When you have finished your post, please come back here to the blogging challenge and leave a comment on this post’.
    Here is the link to the post she is talking about: http://studentchallenge.edublogs.org/2017/04/23/week-6-what-to-write-about/

    She asks that you ‘mention what topic you wrote about and leave a link to your post’….not a link to your blog but to the post.
    She says that if your posts covering the seven things mentioned above e.g. has a catchy title, includes at least one visual etc. etc., it will be added to the flipboard magazine.

    Here is a link to all Ms. Wyatt said this week, https://studentchallenge.edublogs.org/2017/04/23/week-6-what-to-write-about/

    Have a good week and good luck with your blogging. Keep up the good work. I have every confidence in you.
    With every good wish
    Merry Beau

  9. merrybeau

    Hi there,
    Hope you are getting on well with your best ever post. I look forward to reading it. Be sure to reply to those who comment on your blog 🙂
    With every good wish
    Merry Beau

  10. Merry Beau

    Great to hear. As the Student Blogging Challenge ends, goodbye from me in Ireland and the best of luck to you in the future,
    With every good wish,
    Merry Beau


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