How to Encourage Constructive Commenting


"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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