My class and three others from other countries did a quad blogging assignment. The four countries were the USA, Switzerland, Thailand, and the Czech Republic. Quad blogging is made up of four groups. Each week, one group writes blogs and the other three make comments on those blogs. Then, the next week there is a new team that blogs and the other three take turns making comments.
If I could enhance this activity I wouldn’t do anything to change it. I liked this because of all the comments you get. I also liked it because, you get to know other people from their posts.
I think that I improved as a blogger and a commenter. I also think I learned and taught at the same time. Finaly I think I gained experience from this.
Rules for effective communication are an area we can work on our entire lives. This week for our QuadBlog exchange it was our turn to receive comments from the other 3 classes. As we did the week before, our friends read and viewed each child’s work and responded with compliments accompanied with specific information, connections to their own lives and experiences and sometimes provided further information, links and ideas that related to our shared work. We were impressed with and noted how our friends read or viewed our art in postings before writing their comments, showing that one key tool of effective communication is listening and reflecting on what the other person is sharing. We will take this into next week when we are again readers who provide comments.
Here are some comments from Room 109 students after reading comments from our friends:
• Sophie liked McCauley’s (ISB) question, “Was it scary almost falling off Linda (her horse)?”
• Sahil liked Jasper’s comment (ISZL), “This really gives people a lot of information about you. It doesn’t matter if you’re scared, I’m also scared.” Sahil liked this comment because “it was really positive.”
• Anezka liked the way Jamie (MJGDS) shared 10 things about herself in response to Anezka’s list because she learned about things they have in common.
And from our whole class, “What we Liked About Our Comments:
-They wrote nice comments.
-They didn’t go off to a different subject.
-They wrote with details and said they can’t wait to read more from me.
-They gave us links.
-He shared information and a poem that he wrote.
-They asked me questions.
-They made connections and make positive comments.
-They made compliments.