Commenting on theWiki:Sharing Positive Thoughts withOthers
Why comment?• Validate the opinions of others• Share your reactions, thoughts, andquestions• Help our classroom to become moreunited• Learn from others—two heads are betterthan one
What’s meaningful to you?• If you are sharing your own personalthoughts with others, it’s nice to receivepositive feedback in return.• A “Good job!” isn’t very meaningful.Instead, it would be much better to hearsomething like “Wow, I had no idea youwere interested in art. Those drawings areincredible!”
Making meaningful comments• Ask yourself these questions:– What specifically stands out to me about thisperson’s response?– How do I feel about that response?– What do I have that I can share that relatesto this?
Disagreeing appropriately• Our classroom is made up of uniqueindividuals, which means there’s no way wecould possibly always agree.• Disagreeing appropriately can be difficultwhen you feel passionately about something.• Instead of saying “That sucks” or “How couldyou possibly think that?” try “It’s interestingthat you look at it that way, I’ve always feltmore that ________.”
Types of comments• Complimentary: “This is so awesome. I lovethe way you incorporated your family!”• Personal Reaction: “Seeing you include aguitar on your cover made me remember howimportant guitar is to me—it’s the one thingthat helps me relax.”• Question: “I noticed that you put a picture ofJustin Bieber on the cover, but you didn’texplain why. How is he important to you?”
Ultimate goal• To gain insight from others in our classroom,thereby sharing, learning, and growing closertogether.