Student Comment Guidelines
adapted with permission from Mrs. McNally’s Mumblings, mcnallymumblings.edublogs.org
Sometimes, you will be required to comment on your peers’ posts. Follow these guidelines to be sure you’re commenting appropriately. You will not need to complete every step on every post, but you should follow the “sandwich” method of commenting: start with a positive point, include a question or disagreement in the middle, and end with another positive point or connection.
1. Highlight and Praise
Point out something positive that you appreciated or enjoyed in the original post. Tell them something nice.
2. Connect and Share
Share how you connected or agreed with the post. You can talk about a time when something similar happened to you or how you have experienced something they talk about.
3. Respectfully Disagree
You will not always agree with your peers. That’s ok! Be sure to make a positive comment before you offer an alternative opinion. Highlight something positive, and then share your counter argument in a kind and respectful tone. A great way to disagree respectfully is to begin your statement with “I wonder…”
4. Ask Questions
If you have a question about something they wrote about, ask!
5. Talk it Out
Your post should be a solid high-school-level paragraph in length. Be sure you are really giving your fellow scholars meaningful and worthwhile feedback!