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How to Encourage Constructive Commenting

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"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

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