Saturday, 20 April 2013

Teaching and recognising constructive commenting

After being 'Focus Blog' for #comments4kids, we received a huge influx of viewers and comments.  While all of the comments boosted motivation and added sense of our audience, only a few comments were valuable for use in the editing process. These following comments were in response to Josephine's 100 word challenge blog post. 
  1. Dear Josephine,
    I am Thomas, one of the kids from QSI International School of Sarajevo. I like how you were so imaginary of the challenge, how the moon melted, and you slid into the gooey middle. I have also done something like that before, although you have to make a story using a specific group of words, not amount. The moon though, because of its G-Forces to Earth, most likely wouldn’t melt. Speaking of school work, I am doing a blog, that I would think you would enjoy. One last thing; does the boy look like he fell in mud in the picture? Well, hope to hear back!
    Thomas B.
  2. This was a really good piece of writing! It was really imaginative and fun to read. If you want to see my school blog here's a link to it
  3. Sarah

    I love your piece of writing. Very creative!
  4. Wow sounds like you had a good time. That was a great story and I liked the deatail
  5. My name is Jelena and I think it was fun and if you really want to go to the moon you should get a rocket to go there!!!
Loooove it! I especially like the part where you go to the moon. Very exciting! From Selma (QSI Sarajevo, 3rd grade)

The first comment from Thomas was the only one to discuss the actual writing rather than just a personal response to the content.  He discussed the use of words then challenged the writer to look more carefully at the child in the image and incorporate a description of their face.  Thomas also pointed out the scientific improbability of this piece, acknowledging the writer's imaginary approach.

  • Teach students to recognise the difference between social and constructive commenting
  • Review writing comment success criteria and paste checklist in drafting books
  • List the next steps a writer could take in response to a constructive comment

Student responses to writing posts should always be constructive and give the author ideas on how to improve their work.  This requires them to have an understanding of the success criteria for any type of writing and make an evaluative decision on the next steps they would take if it was their own work.  This can only strengthen the editing of their own writing as they have learned to recognise achieved success criteria and identify next steps learning.

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