Welcome “56Thinkers”!

What We Wonder will be our space for posting, connecting, commenting and reflecting on What We Wonder about our world.

As you search for answers to your Wonders, our hope is that you find yourself commenting on, questioning and connecting with the ideas, inquiries and connections of others.  We comment to connect. We connect to learn…sometimes from our peers, sometimes from scholars, sometimes from people on the other side of the world. Throughout this process, you will have opportunities to respond to posts, videos, blogs, wikis, and more.  Our comments can express our opinions about what has been posted, tell stories, share experiences, exchange ideas, gather information, or simply offer a different perspective.

As you prepare to take on this new role, please consider the advice offered below.  Is there anything that needs to be added to this list?

Think about your digital privacy:

  • Use your first name only to identify yourself.
  • Leave off your home email, your street address, phone number, or school name.
  • Don’t share specifics of your daily routines that involve time and location (ie where & when your soccer practice is)

Think about the tone of your comment:

  • Be polite, friendly, and encouraging.
  • Have some humor, but be careful with sarcasm. Remember: readers cannot hear your voice, or see you smile.
  • If you disagree, offer constructive (helpful) feedback.

Think about the content of your comment:

  • Keep your comment on topic and make sense. Say something about the original post.
  • Don’t say random stuff or get really silly.
  • Be more formal than you would in real life, but not stuffy.
  • Avoid texting shortcuts like u for you and l8r for later, and only use one emoticon if necessary.
  • Adding a related question at the end of your comment is a great way to keep the conversation going.
  • Include your blog url (address) so the blogger knows where to find you.

Think about conventions of your comment:

  • Try to fix your spelling mistakes: use Firefox for drafting your comments (the red-line feature is visible).
  • Use capitals in the right places: people’s names, places, the beginning of a sentence, and on “I” –no evil i’s. All capitals is like yelling.
  • Punctuate properly: period at the end of a sentence, space after a period, comma, or end bracket. One “!” will do: you don’t need a string of exclamation marks.
  • Remember, you are putting your best self forward, so polish your comments.
These guidelines written by the 2010-11 bloggers of Huzzah!. Want more inspiration and guidance for commenting? Check out this post from the Student Blogging Challenge. Time to brush up your blogging skills!

2 thoughts on “Welcome “56Thinkers”!

  1. * Be polite, friendly, and encouraging.
    * Remember, you are putting your best self forward, so polish your comments.
    * Keep your comment on topic and make sense. Say something about the original post.


  2. Robert’s Blog Post/ Page(s) Suggestions:

    1) Always check your information. Make sure that (the website) where you are getting your information is a reliable source. Use REAL Strategies, but most of all, use common sense.

    2) Read over your posts to make sure that they are not just compliments, but explain why they are good. When you need to give someone a suggestion, do it politely. Make sure your criticism is constructive, not deconstructive. Build someone up instead of tearing them down.

    3) Stay on topic. The discussion/ posting forums are not for chatting. It is almost insulting to the person who created the page when you are telling them things that won’t help, or just don’t make sense with the page.
    Thank you for taking the time to read these suggestions made by Robert!

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