Tag: Constructive Commenting

Creating Thoughtful Comments

Creating Thoughtful Comments

After spending countless hours commenting on my students’ work and posts on Kidblog, I was eager to read their responses. However, I was disappointed to see that their reflections and comments to me and their peers seemed anything but profound. Instead I was met with comments such as, “I did a good job”, “I like your

After spending countless hours commenting on my students’ work and posts on Kidblog, I was eager to read their responses. However, I was disappointed to see that their reflections and comments to me and their peers seemed anything but profound. Instead I was met with comments such as, “I did a good job”, “I like your... read more

Moderating Comments

Moderating Comments

Everyone has an opinion We live in a world where everyone’s opinion can be heard. These opinions can be expressed in a matter of ways, both negatively and positively.  It is often this notion that deters teachers from opening their classroom to the power of blogging. Kidblog offers a way to ease this worry by

Everyone has an opinion We live in a world where everyone’s opinion can be heard. These opinions can be expressed in a matter of ways, both negatively and positively.  It is often this notion that deters teachers from opening their classroom to the power of blogging. Kidblog offers a way to ease this worry by... read more

“My First Best Poem”

“My First Best Poem”

I overhear a student telling his table partner, “This is my first best poem.” There is so much pride in this comment, as well as enthusiasm for writing future poems. Writing poetry in my creative writing class has become very rewarding for my students—and for me, too.

I overhear a student telling his table partner, “This is my first best poem.” There is so much pride in this comment, as well as enthusiasm for writing future poems. Writing poetry in my creative writing class has become very rewarding for my students—and for me, too.... read more

Give Them an Audience

Give Them an Audience

The teacher plays a part, but is not the purpose. By training students to write for themselves and the world, and to see the value in it, they won’t stop.

The teacher plays a part, but is not the purpose. By training students to write for themselves and the world, and to see the value in it, they won't stop.... read more

Blogging with Preservice Teachers: Creating a Community for Sharing and Reflecting

Blogging with Preservice Teachers: Creating a Community for Sharing and Reflecting

When I first joined the faculty at a mid-size regional university, I expected my students to have had experience with a variety of tech tools and to feel comfortable experimenting with social media platforms. I was surprised to find that the majority of my students, who also happen to be preservice teachers, had limited experience using

When I first joined the faculty at a mid-size regional university, I expected my students to have had experience with a variety of tech tools and to feel comfortable experimenting with social media platforms. I was surprised to find that the majority of my students, who also happen to be preservice teachers, had limited experience using... read more

Motivating Student Authors: Harnessing the Power of Comments

Motivating Student Authors: Harnessing the Power of Comments

I soon realized that the topic didn’t matter as much as the audience they were writing for. Kidblog motivates young writers… [t]hey are writing for each other, they are writing for students around the world, and they are writing (and reading!) to connect with other students who have similar interests.

I soon realized that the topic didn’t matter as much as the audience they were writing for. Kidblog motivates young writers... [t]hey are writing for each other, they are writing for students around the world, and they are writing (and reading!) to connect with other students who have similar interests.... read more

Blogging Feedback as a Formula

Blogging Feedback as a Formula

The more often you write, the better you will write. You’ve heard it before, and you’ll invariably hear it again. As an avid writer, I wholeheartedly agree. As a teacher, these often-heard words of wisdom sound much easier in theory than they are in practice. You can have students journal daily, scribbling in handwriting that

The more often you write, the better you will write. You’ve heard it before, and you’ll invariably hear it again. As an avid writer, I wholeheartedly agree. As a teacher, these often-heard words of wisdom sound much easier in theory than they are in practice. You can have students journal daily, scribbling in handwriting that... read more