How To Be a Good Commenter

Filed Under (science) by Lee Kolbert on 10-10-2010
Photo property of Karen McMillan

I’m always looking for ways to be sure students know what they’re doing online before they get there and to be sure their parents are comfortable with what they see their children doing. I believe this post showcases a best practice for that very thing. As always though, I look to you for feedback and more suggestions.

Karen McMillan (@mcteach on Twitter) just gave an awesome presentation on Classroom 2.0 Live where she showcased her Paper Blog activity. You MUST watch the archived session here. Karen shared her Paper Blog activity with me a few months ago and I’ve used it with my students to get them ready to blog with the “real thing.” My students have practiced writing and commenting appropriately.

This week, my students will be receiving their real blog credentials and I’ll be showing them the technical aspects of posting to their KidBlogs. Based on a recent comment to my class blog by an Australian teacher, I found my way over to his blog and loved what I saw; a well organized blog with some wonderfully helpful support pages for his students. Realizing I’ve taught these skills to my students, but have no place online for them to go for reference, I just had to steal this idea from Mr. Campbell in Australia. I’ve made some modifications and I’m excited to share it with you and show it to my students who will hopefully use it as a reference. Please check it out here and let me know what your thoughts are. Have I left anything out?

1 Comment So Far

Cameron on 11 October, 2010 at 5:42 am #

Dear Mrs Kolbert,

I think your ‘How to be a good commenter’ is fantastic!

I am really happy that my class has an overseas blogging partner. I will send you a private email discussing possible ideas.

I would like to have the opportunity to say hello to all of Mrs Kolbert’s students.

Please feel free to look at our blog ‘down under’ in Australia.



Mr Campbell