Leaving a Comment on Someone’s Blog

We are learning how to be better commentors on blogs.  Here are some thoughts from our class discussion.

  • Refer to the facts of the post: Comment on the things that are interesting and new to you
  • Make Connections: Relate and compare things you are reading in the post to things that you already know.
  • Ask Questions: What about the content of the post is confusing to you? What don’t you understand? Remember that there will ALWAYS be questions in an active thinker’s mind!
  • Give Your Opinions: Make judgments about what you are reading. Do you agree? Do you disagree? Like? Dislike? Do you support or oppose anything that you have read? Why?

You could use the following sentence starters below to help you begin your comment

This reminds me of…
This is similar to…
I wonder…
I realized…
I noticed…
You can relate this to…
I’d like to know…
I’m surprised that…
If I were ________, I would ______________
If __________ then ___________
Although it seems…
I’m not sure that…

Adapted from: Bill Ferriter’s Digitally Speaking

Good Comments & Great Comments

Today in Grade 3, Ms H and the students were talking about “what makes a great comment”. We also talked about making “good comments” into “great comments”.

After much discussion and brainstorming, here’s what we came up with.

A good comment:
  1. Is positive
    (it doesn’t make someone feel bad about themselves)
  2. Is always polite
    (that means it’s not mean or nasty and there’s no swear/curse words either)
  3. Stays on topic
    (your comment matches what the author of the post is talking about)
  4. Is more than one word!
    (one word comments are not very helpful and neither a lot of exclamation marks!)
  5. Sometimes disagrees with what someone says in their post
    (but remember Number #2 – and explain why you disagree)

A great comment is everything from 1- 5 with an added extra!

  • Is useful
    (gives a piece of advice on how to make the post better or improve something, if possible)

What does everyone else think?  Have we missed anything?
Comments

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Window into Our Learning

Welcome to the wonderful world of Digital Literacy.

This blog will be your window into our learning in Room 231.  We hope you visit often.  We hope you leave us comments.  We hope you enjoy reading our classroom happenings!

Below is a simple and very clever guide to commenting on Blogs that we will be following when we visit other class blogs.  This will help us with our literacy goal for this year to read and comment on more blogs during the week.

Here is a short and simple guide for elementary age school students.

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  • Acknowledge the author of the blog post.
  • Let the author know if you agree with him/her and why.
  • It is also ok to disagree with something, just let the author know why you feel that way.
  • One word comments are not very useful. Writing just “cool” or “nice” are not very helpful and don’t let the author of the blog post really know what you are thinking.
  • Always make sure you follow “netiquette”. Think if it is appropriate BEFORE you hit the submit button.
  • Always be polite . It does not matter if you agree or disagree with what you are reading in a blog. Don’t write anything you would be ashamed of saying to someone’s face. Don’t hurt somebody’s feelings.
Thanks to Ms Tolisano (Langwitches) for sharing this with us all so that we can comment on blogs better.