HotDish Blog

For this week’s extended activity I have added my recipe for a successful HotDish Blog.


  • 1 part content
  • 1 part effective post
  • 1 part about your page and picture
  • 1 part images
  • 1 part embedded media
  • 1 part widgets and sidebars

Directions: Turn on computer. Logon to your blog.  Open a new post.  Add 1 part content (make sure this content is related to your blog’s theme) to 1 part effective post.  Directions or ideas from a fresh effective post can be found on the post Giant People Eating Mental Blocks.  Next, add one part about your page.  This part can be created in a unique way.  Add a picture or avatar of yourself.  Descriptions of different programs can be found in a blog about creating avatars.  Mix in one part images.  If unsure about images check your local blog about images.  Add one part embedded media.  The media is your choice; for ideas visit this blog.  Finally sprinkle widgets on top.  Different widgets will give you different flavors so chose carefully.  Need some suggestions, look in the blog cabinet.

Stir together for a successful blog.  Click post and wait.

Serving Size: A fulfilling portion

Servings: Your network and anybody else that comes to dinner.

Assessment of a Blog

How will students know they have created their own successful blog?One way is to give students a check list.  I have inserted a sample assessment. One spot is for students and the one spot of teachers. I left the assessment general because everybody assigns grades differently. For me, I would have the students give themselves 1, 2, 3, 4.  A one would be if the student needed lots and lots of teachers help.  A two is that the student has basic knowledge of a subject.  A three is grade level.  A four is for somebody that goes above and beyond.  They teach you something or do something that has not been taught.  Then the teacher gives a score.

Many successes for creating your blog!

-Mrs. Berry


10 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Janelle Wilson
    Feb 04, 2011 @ 22:06:42

    Thank you so much for sharing this! I love the creative recipe, and the check list is great, too.


  2. Kathryn
    Feb 04, 2011 @ 23:50:52

    Hmm you had be fooled by the recipe I thought I was going to find some hot dish for the winter. Instead how to have a hot blog. Your assessment for students and their blogs is good, I just had a student write a two line post with little care for spelling and grammar. I think I need to have a conversation with her!


  3. Mrs S
    Feb 05, 2011 @ 10:39:52

    Great recipe. Thanks for sharing your assessment form.


  4. Kay
    Feb 05, 2011 @ 20:55:34

    Anyone who follows your recipe and double checks with the assessment will be sure to have a hot blog! Thanks for sharing all your creative and useful ideas!


  5. murcha
    Feb 06, 2011 @ 11:33:38

    This is so very creative and a great summary of all elements of the challenge. Great work. I wonder whether another element could be added to the assessment. That would be comments. If the teacher or students have comments it shows that they have worked hard on gaining an audience for their blog and are able to network successfully. What do you think?


    • berryart
      Feb 06, 2011 @ 13:12:15

      Murcha, That’s a great idea! I would grade the students on their responding to a comment. I would look at if they responded promptly (within one to two school days would be a three and four) (a two would be a week) (and a one would be that teacher needed to help assist in responding).
      I would also add another element: commenting on others blogs. I would have students send me the link to where they posted their comments and grade them relating to somebody else blog.

      Thanks for the idea!

      -Mrs. Berry


  6. Jana
    Feb 06, 2011 @ 21:29:22

    Great assessment! I am working on creating some lesson plans to start to blogging with my students. This gives me great ideas on how to assess what they are learning. Thanks! I am definitely going to share your post with them too. It sums up the Kick Start Challenge in a very creative way.


  7. Yvonne Osborn
    Feb 07, 2011 @ 06:24:10

    Wow, what a fantastic post. I want to start some of my students off with blogs so this post will be very useful. Congratulations on your creative idea.
    Best Wishes,
    Yvonne 🙂


  8. Jenny Gilbert
    Feb 11, 2011 @ 13:29:01

    Love the ideas – Thanks for sharing.


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