Etiquette and expectations for blogging and commenting has always been part of my blogging journey with my students. Being thoughtful as both a writer and reader are important. I love that my students start to think of themselves as writers, but more importantly, I love the community they build through the process of “joining the conversation” with each other through feedback. Their virtual community has transferred into the classroom itself – bringing the students together as a family. Blogging has allowed our walls to literally and figuratively disappear as the students work together to inspire, encourage, respect, and validate each other. Here is an example of a student’s comment from our student blog and the writer’s response:Dear Gurleen, This piece, in a kind of tragic way, was beautifully written and illustrates the existing ignorance that continues to plague our society. “Due to my awareness of my flaw, I am able to hold myself accountable to discovering one’s true nature through personal experience rather than what I have been told.” This sentence made me smile because you do exude that radiant confidence and are able to hold yourself up throughout the length of any bad day. The relevance of this judgment issue is one you portray very well in your writing through honesty and passion. To improve, I would suggest expanding upon your personal experiences with this topic as you slightly mentioned in your first paragraph. It would add another layer of understanding especially for the readers and make it more relatable. As soon as I saw you writing as much as you did in the lab last week, I knew this was going to be worth reading and it absolutely was. Your devotion to this piece clearly reflects and hopefully, this is an issue that eventually will resolve in the future. Sincerely,
Namitha Hey Guys, Firstly, thank you so much for reading my blog! Coming from you two ,who art is almost a second nature for , it means a lot that you liked the comparison. Kiran, that’s a good point and I realized after reading you comment that I do that quite often. Thanks for pointing it out and making me accountable to putting it to a stop. It definitely takes away the experience from the reader and would make my writing better to let them deduct it themselves. Namitha, holy that was long. It’s always nice to know that someone can hear your voice in your writing so I appreciate that. Adding that personal touch would’ve made this that much stronger, and I’m regretting leaving it out now. From now on I’ll add a little bit of my personal experiences to help you see it from my P.O.V. and make it more relatable for the readers. I also hope that in the near future equality is no longer something we have to fight for, and will become something we begin to wonder why was ever a struggle to achieve. Thank you again for reading my blog. From the two of you, whose writing I think is absolutely brilliant, it means so much that you read and commented on my blog. -Gurleen
So, I have been very happy thus far, but I am ready for next steps to improve our process. Thanks to Sue Waters’s Thursday session on Advanced Blogging through etmooc, I have had some “aha” visions for my next steps with my students:
- We need to learn to embed pictures, music, videos, and links in their blogs. It makes their work more interesting, inviting, honest, and it joins the conversation with the rest of the world.
- We need to learn to write engaging, creative, thoughtful and relevant titles.
- We need to respond and link to each others’ work to further the discussion.
- We need to be grateful to those who take the time to read our work and comment (as Gurleen does above).
- We need to take commenting to the next level. We already write to our blogger in the form of a letter, we offer positive and a constructive criticism, but I want to add the expectation of furthering the discussion. (see my ideas in the box below)
- We need to be “tagging” our own work as I believe that is part of the metacognitive process in the “final touches” of their posts!
- Finally, we need to be more mindful of “polished” work; we don’t take enough time to structure, revise, edit, or embed with their posts.
So, if you have any comments, questions, feedback, models, suggestions, or if you just want to join the conversation on this subject, I look forward to it!
ETIQUETTE and EXPECTATIONS for COMMENTING
|Format = friendly letter form Dear ______________________,
A) GIVE POSITIVE FEEDBACK:
(be specific, thoughtful, friendly tone)
B) CONSTRUCTIVE FEEDBACK:
C) Further the Discussion:
*Etiquette is to ALWAYS respond to any comment that was given to you on the blog. Try to further the conversation!
CRITERIA for ASSESSMENT:
SPECIFIC * THOUGHTFUL * GUMPS * STRUCTURE * FRIENDLY TONE
* GUMPS = Grammar, Usage, Mechanics, Punctuation, and Spelling – Ensure you Edit to Eliminate Gumps!
More advice on Commenting: