Comments are the life of a blog and a connection to the world. Without comments, a blog is nothing more than a journal. With comments, a blog becomes a conversation. The quality of the comments determines the quality of the conversation. Comments should explain a connection made to the writer's thoughts, add new information about the topic, and/or ask a question to continue to the conversation.
Writing comments is like any other genre of writing; it must be taught to students through modeling and guided practice. Ms. Edwards' from What Else has a great motto about commenting that sums up the importance of quality commenting: "A blog comment is your footprint...a path back to you...prepare your path wisely."
As part of the instruction process, I created my very first glog "Writing Quality Comments."
How do you teach quality commenting to your students?