Karin Hallett and I run a parent/community education program at our school. We call it "Parent Connect" and it focuses on a variety of topics relate to the evolution of learning and literacy. Yesterday's session topic was quality commenting.
In preparation for the session, Karin worked with our 5th graders to create this fabulous video, which we used to set the tone.
Quality Commenting from MJGDS Classrooms on Vimeo.
Next, we used the following slides to structure our discussion about how blogging and commenting fit into a framework that uses blogging as one of the primary platforms for literacy instruction.
Some of the slides have corresponding blog posts. Slide 5, "Creating for an Audience" relates to a post I wrote called, "I Hope You Like It." Slide 7, "Student Commenting Policies" showcases student examples which can be viewed at the post: "Writing Commenting Policies for Student Blogs."
Finally, we showed some examples of comment screenshots from some of our student blogs and discussed/evaluated in terms of quality.
I would love to get more quality comments on my blog as well as see more quality interaction on my students' blogs. What is it that I am missing or lacking? I am very open to and appreciative of feedback on this topic.