In studying what I wanted to ask from students, I stumbled across a number of great resources, one of the best being that of a 2nd grade teacher who's educated her kiddies on how to post great comments on their classmates blogs. Stealing some of her ideas, these are a few pointers I'd like to see my students focus on when given time to comment:
- Write the comment like a letter, with a greeting, content, and a closing. I'm half-half on this one because I disagree with adding a greeting and a closing in the style of a letter. I don't want to see "Dear Bob" or "Sincerely, xxx"; I do, however, feel that a focus should be on structuring the comment with a logical, pre-planned technique. All I ask for on this one is to make sure that any post one is commenting on is commented on consciously.
- Always use correct spelling, punctuation, grammar, and spacing. This one, for sure. I don't accept mechanics mistakes on posts, so I won't accept them on comments.
- Have a point with your comment. When commenting on blog posts, you MUST use do at least one of the following:
- compliment the writer in a SPECIFIC way.
- ask a question related to the post.
- add new information, opinions, or perspectives.
This will be a learning process for everyone, but as a whole, this is exactly how all commenting should look until further notice!