As I think back on the journey of Weblogs and this Newbery presentation, I am very impressed with the members of my group and their commitment to making this whole project a success. I have enjoyed reading this book- it is wonderful! I gained a lot from looking at each aspect of the book (travel tracker, connector, critical thinker, etc.), even though it seemed artificial sometimes. I do think that posting in each of the roles was essential to our understanding as teacher because we may be able to truly understand what each of our students feel when they are posting in a role. I also enjoyed reading my group member's thoughts and reflections on each aspect of the book, this gave me additional insight that I might not have thought of otherwise.
One thing that I did miss out on during this whole experience is the social aspect of literature circles. Although the social aspect was compromised with a wonderful use of technology, I now do not personally know the benefits that literature circles bring to the social development of students- which is just as important. In the future, my classroom of students will definitely have some exposure to Weblogs as literature circles, but it will be on a summative basis. I think that my students would most benefit from traditional literature circles with an extension. As an extension to this activity, the students would sum up the conversations on a Weblog. This along with teacher observations would be my method of assessing literature circles. I think that this would provide students with the best of both worlds.
Overall, this experience has been very positive. I have thoroughly enjoyed working with all three of my group members. I have never worked in a group where collaboration and initiative to get the job done has run so smoothly. Thank you guys for all of your hard work- everything looked wonderful!