Thank you, Mrs. Tolisano, for your kind words and including a link to my blog and Mrs. Yollis' blog on your blog post.
When I first received an email from Mrs. Yollis saying that you mentioned my blog, I was so excited that I decided to do a thank you post.
I first met Mrs. Tolisano through a Mystery Skype call we had last year. A mystery skype is when two classes guess where the other class is located. My friends and I were the students who asked closed-ended questions. My other classmates had jobs to help us find where they lived by looking at resources such as an atlas and Google maps. When we guessed the incorrect location, it was the other teacher's turn to ask questions. At the end of the Skype call we ran out of time so we started giving clues to the teachers. Finally, we found out that was in St. Louis, Missouri!
I was very lucky to have a such a wonderful teacher, Mrs. Yollis, who uses blogging as teaching tool in her classroom to improve our writing. At the end of the year, I became a much better writer.
I have a few tips for teachers and students that I learned last year from blogging:
Tips for teachers:
- Include interesting posts do your students will enjoy reading and commenting.
- Make sure to add a new post every week so that readers can follow the blog and leave many comments.
- Reward your students for leaving quality comments by letting them earn their own blog.
- Set a good example for your students by responding to your students' comments.
- Never put more than one exclamation mark at the end of a sentence. If you want to put more than one exclamation mark, use more words.
- Never put your email, home address, or any other personal information on the Internet.
- In the beginning of your comment, try to compliment the blogger on their post and at the end of your comment try to ask a relevant question to create a conversation.
- Don't write irrelevant information.
- Read all comments left on a post so that you do not repeat the same information.
- Always proofread!
Can you think of other important tips for teachers or students?