Comments are the heart of a blog – for so many reasons . . .
- involve reading and writing.
- start conversations. They get people thinking and communicating.
- inspire and energize the blogger.
- extend learning for all involved.
- validate students’ learning experience.
- are a powerful way for parents and extended family to get involved with a child’s school literacy journey.
Comment Expectations for our Blog
“How to Write Quality Blog Comments” by Ms Boychuk is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.
Based on a work at http://msboychuk.me.
Do “The Big 5”
- Use letter format: Greeting, body, closing and signature
- Write 2 or more sentences.
- Use first names only – don’t be YAPPY.
- Use standard English.
Pick 2 and Do
- compliment the writer
- add new information
- give a wish or a hope
- give and support your opinion
- make a connection with your life
- end with a question to cause more people to continue the conversation
Watch “How to Write a Quality Comment” by Mrs. Yollis’ grade 3 students:
Outstanding Comments . . .
- show that you read and thought about the whole post
- show best spelling, capitalization, punctuation and grammar (no “textese” please)
- use strong, specific words and stay on topic
- are well-organized and follow letter form with a greeting, body and closing
- are always positive, respectful and encouraging
- do NOT include students’ last names, addresses, email addresses, phone numbers, specific plans, dates of birth and other personal information (no YAPPY)
- has been proofread by the author and at least one other person before he/she submits it
“Conversations begin with high quality comments.” – Kathleen Morris
Thank you to all the fantastic blogs that gave me ideas about commenting guidelines!
Check them out here:
- Kreb’s Class Blogs commenting guidelines
- commenting guidelines from Huzzah!
- Mrs. Yollis’ Classroom Blog and “How to Write a Quality Comment” video
- Edublogs teacher challenge –“Teach Quality Commenting Skills”
Now it’s your chance to continue the conversation . . .
- What do you think are the most important commenting guidelines we should remember and why?
- What is your biggest commenting challenge?