Hi Maggie, 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.
My class and I have done the student blogging challenge in the past. I see from your badges that you did the student blogging challenge in 2016 also so you will know 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 can’t seem to spot your About Me page or your avatar. They may well be there, but I couldn’t see them. However I found it very helpful that you put up the Student Blogging Challenge badge for 2017. That way when I visited your blog immediately I was sure you are taking part. Well done on your avatar too.
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
Hello Again from Ireland.
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 a reply or a comment you. It would be fun to get a conversation started.
So long for now, with every good wish, Merry Beau
We are glad you like the poem. Sometimes in class students find a quote or a poem they like and we like to use photoshop to make a poster of it.
Well done on playing the flute. Many of the children in school learn the tin whistle or recorder. Outside school many play the piano or guitar. Playing an instrument is great for relaxing.
We had no snow this year, so far.
You ask about rugby… Rugby is played by two teams. There are 15 players on each team. They each who try to earn points by getting the ball across the opponent’s goal line or kicking it over the crossbar between the goalposts.
It’s a very fast-moving game. Every player on the field run, pass, kick, and catch the ball as well as tackle opponents. We hope this explains it to you 🙂
With every good wish
Merry Beau and Class
Hello again Maggie, What a good quality comment! Well done. That is a great explanation of American Football. Yes, I have heard it is similar to rugby.
I’m glad you enjoyed the poems. Sometimes we find, finding just the right picture from Compfight, is the really slow part of an assignment. That is why we don’t have any more pictures. But you are right. It could probably do with another graphic.
There are 30 students in the class. We will send you some links to tell you what Ireland is like. Our climate is called temperate…that means it is not too hot and not too cold. As you say, it is inbetween.
Here is a link to a blog post we wrote about Ireland
I see it is missing a picture. We will have to fix that.
With every good wish,
Merry Beau and Class.
Thanks Maggie for visiting our blog.
We see you have been very busy on yours. You are working hard.
Thanks for your advice about sourcing photos.
We must take a look at Pixabay. We just like how handy Compfight is, as on Edublogs it is on our dashboard.
You ask about 39 kilometers … well it is a little over 24 miles.
We are REALLY glad you asked about the kind of sweets Mrs. Mooney had. It is a lovely trip down memory lane for us. We miss Mrs. Mooney and her shop.
There were the old fashioned sweets that our Mums and Dads used like to eat like apple bon bons, clove cubes and cola cubes, cough drops, bull eyes, jelly babies, Sherbet Dib Dabs and Jaw Breaker gobstoppers.
Though Mrs. Mooney’s shop was old fashioned, it was modern is other ways. Mrs. Mooney kept up with new sweets and playground crazes. We loved her Traffic Light Lollipops and Marshmallow Men. She sold Pop Rock that pops in your mouth and cool pops that turn your mouth blue. There was Candy Floss and Toxic Waste, both sold in tubs; one was very sweet and the other was very sour.
We try to eat more healthier now ? What is your favourite food?
Wow, that sounds GREAT!
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 very well for you; that you have your challenge badge up, and are doing plenty of the suggested challenges. Also you are responding to comments and visiting other blogs. Well done.
Keep up the great work, Merry Beau
Hello again Maggie,
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,
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
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