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 do each of these on every post, but always start with a positive comment.
Watch this video for some quick pointers before moving into the guidelines:
1. Highlight and Praise
Point out something positive that you appreciated or connected with 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 like they talk about. You can also connect similar points in history that you think connect to their discussion.
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 their positive, and then share your counter argument in a kind and respectful tone.
4. Ask Questions
If you have a question about something they talked about, ask it!
5. Talk it Out
Your post should be a solid paragraph in length. Be sure you are really giving them meaningful and worthwhile feedback.
6. Be a scholar!
Comments are not the place for such things as “FIRST POST!” or “How are you today?” All comments should be related to the post and educational in nature. To be viewed as scholarly, we must first act in that manner.
7. Mr. Harris has final say.
All comments must be approved by Mr. Harris (not in person, the blog will alert me) before they will be posted. To gain full credit for commenting, the comment has to be approved. If it is not, you will have to try again. So what does this mean? Do it right the first time! I know you can.