Quality Blogging & Commenting Audit Meme

As a follow up to the series Stepping it Up: Learning About Blogs FOR your Students, I would like to crowdsource more samples of blog posts and comments for teachers to practice recognizing, evaluating and assessing various levels of quality work.

A meme might be a good way to get the ball rolling.

Wikipedia defines a Meme as:

A meme  is “an idea, behavior or style that spreads from person to person within a culture.” A meme acts as a unit for carrying cultural ideas, symbols or practices, which can be transmitted from one mind to another through writing, speech, gestures, rituals or other imitable phenomena. Supporters of the concept regard memes as cultural analogues to genes in that they self-replicate, mutate and respond to selective pressures.

Quality Blogging and Commenting Audit Meme

In order to gather more audit samples from a large variety of age groups and authors, I challenge you to publish a blog post with a post or comment audit.

  1. Select a blog post or blog comment to audit (Professional or Student)
  2. Take a screenshot or copy and past the post or comment into your blog post (be sensitive whether you want to reveal any names or references)
  3. Include or link to the rubric you use to assess the quality of post or comment
  4. Audit the post or comment by describing your train of thought regarding the level of quality you would assess your chosen post or comment
  5. Suggest how you would coach the author of audited post or comment to improve
  6. Tag (at least) three educators and challenge them to audit a post or comment
  7. Leave a comment with the link to your audit post on Langwitches

If you have not been tagged, please feel free to jump in, write and link your own audit blog post.

I am tagging Andrea Hernandez, Maggie Hos-McGrane, Nancy von Wahlde, Edna Sackson, Linda Yollis, Kathleen Morris, Kim Cofino

Looking forward to their quality blogging audits

25 thoughts on “Quality Blogging & Commenting Audit Meme”

  1. Hi Silvia,

    Thanks for inviting me to take part in this. I was going to take a little Christmas/New Year break from blogging but I was too excited to not write about this subject.

    Here is my post

    http://primarytech.global2.vic.edu.au/2011/12/27/quality-blogging-and-commenting-meme/

    I decided just to evaluate comments as I thought I wouldn’t be able to evaluate student posts without identifying them.

    There was a particular point that I was glad I had the chance to write about, “higher quality comments and posts do not automatically come with age.” I think many teachers in the upper levels mistakenly think their students know how to write well.

    I have found

    explicit teaching + high expectations + regular feedback + authentic motivation = quality writing… no matter what the age.

    Of course there is the other school of thought (that you have probably come across) that students should be able to write whatever they like on blogs as they are expressing themselves. I disagree with that. It is our job to teach them, and having students use the same mistakes over and over again isn’t going to help them improve their literacy skills. I am all for students expressing themselves but I don’t feel that needs to be exclusive from high expectations for writing.

    Thanks again, Silvia for this excellent guide to blogging!

    Kath

  2. Hi Silvia,
    This was a great chance to reflect back on my journey in blogging and how my teaching changed from having my own class for most lessons to what it is now.

    I feel having lots of different classes for one period a week with no backup from other staff makes it very difficult to expect quality comments and posts from everyone.

    But for those students who are most keen, you can see an improvement in both their posts and comments.

    Thanks again,
    Sue Wyatt aka Miss W aka @tasteach

  3. Dear Silvia,

    I want to thank you for posting this entire series about blogging FOR your students, concluding with this meme. As a result of writing my meme, I ended up creating a few things that would help some classrooms I work with. I also grappled with how to improve some of the comments I write. More importantly, I thought about the impact of these meme posts and the powerful collective voice they have. I am truly inspired by this and thank you for making a difference.

    Kind regards,
    Tracy Watanabe

  4. Dear Sylvia

    I was honoured to be tagged by Tracy Wantanabe to continue with the meme and examine my approach to commenting or posting. Thank you for thinking of the idea, as Tracy notes it is already building a powerful collective voice.

    I chose to look at commenting – we are on summer holidays in New Zealand and so chose what I thought might be the simpler of the two for me!

    Here is Quality Commenting and Posting Meme

    Kind regards
    Kathryn Trask

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