Last week we began focusing on our comments a little more, by using the comment starters from Mrs. Davis. I was thrilled reading some of your comments as you began to really think about what you read and make connections. Gracelia really "gets it" as she comments to Rocio:
Rocio, I think I know exactly how you feel because sometimes I feel like that with my sister. I never feel like that at school because everybody respects me as a good friend. And if you get like that just ignore the people that are bothering you.Because if they know you are mad they will keep on bothering you.
And you also cant IGNORE people that are TRYING to talk to you. On the BUS, in school and at home or any where else. I know this friend that I try to talk to her but she is always with her friend and totally ignores me. So you should not worry about people talking about you. Your real friends are the people that are always by your side and don't ignore you.
Graciela gave Rocio excellent advice on friendship. She also made a connection with Rocio as she talked about her friendships and experiences. Good job Graciela! I know you brightened Rocio's day with that excellent comment!
I noticed Mr. Brune is working with his students on their comments too. They are using the same comment starters from Mrs. Davis to bump up their commenting. In addition, Mr. Brune gives his students some important tips of his own when it comes to commenting:
Start with the PRAISE (What do you like?) QUESTIONS (What questions do you have?) and POLISH (What would make the writing even better?) we use when we revise writing in the classroom.
Then think about CONNECTIONS you think of. (Like when you do when you read.)
Many of you say over and over again that receiving comments is one of your favorite parts of blogging. Don't you think that you will probably receive better comments if you start sending better comments? Let's give it a try!