Does blogging affect attainment? Yes!
Scottish kids got their exam results yesterday in the post (and by txt and internet). It marks, for me, the first undeniable proof in Scotland that blogging does affect attainment - in a big way.
One of the girls over at Progress Report has written a thank you to her teacher, my mum, and to "her fantastic blog idea":
She decided that since an hour session every week would probably make very little difference to our grades, we should make a blog and post just a paragraph of a story every night if possible... My writing began to improve and I started to gain confidence again.
In my standard grade english exam this year I achieved not only an overall 1, but straight 1s in every element of english and it's all thanks to Mrs McIntosh and her fantastic blog idea.
As she says, the once-a-week input would not have been enough to make a difference. Here, the modest audience providing advice but above all the impetus to write that comes from that small and demanding audience have helped make a girl do more work and reflection than she would have done otherwise.
It's not just a well done from me, but also a thank you on behalf of all the educators who struggle sometimes to show the link between blogging and the success we know it can bring.
And well done, mum, too ;-)
Update: Over at the English teacher's blog is a reaction to "the need for more proof" that Stephen seems to advocate, versus the need to improve things now, and also how the blog continues even now to educate the girls in their use of the net.