"Yes, the first days my middle school students began blogging and commenting on each others work in the classroom looked like colorful skittles on the page. The comments were a combination of emoji icons and short, clipped phrases of “nice job” and “keep it up!” Clearly, I had not thought about “quality comments” as we began the adventure of connecting the entire eighth grade and sharing their writing on a classroom blog. After the first several blog post assignments, I realized, like any peer revision workshop, or socratic circle discussion, students needed expectations and guidance to begin practicing what I now call “quality comments.”..." Read more.
By: Katie Miller
Published: May 4, 2017