Commenting Guidelines

Over the years Huzzahnians have worked hard to develop the skills and attitudes that help build global connections through commenting. This year, 2011-2012, Huzzahnians are sharing their thoughts on commenting in a slideshow. What have we missed? Scroll down below the slideshow to read the excellent advice of past students.

Guidelines written by the 2010-11 bloggers of Huzzah!

The purpose of commenting is to connect. We comment a lot: on YouTube videos, on blogs, and face to face–pretty much, we comment all the time. We comment to learn, sometimes from people on the other side of the world. We comment to express our opinions about what has been written. We comment to connect, and to connect we tell stories, use humour, and share our thinking. Remember, you are trying to engage the blogger in a conversation! A good comment can be the beginning of a good blogging relationship. Here is our advice on quality commenting:

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 humour, but be careful with sarcasm.
  • If you disagree, don’t be rude about it; give 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 you need to.
  • Sometimes add a question at the end 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.
  • 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 commenting guidelines were written in early October of 2010. Want more inspiration and guidance for commenting? Check out this post from the Student Blogging Challenge. Time to pump up those mad commenting skilz!


Guidelines written by the 2009-2010 bloggers of Huzzah!

Blogging is about reading, thinking, and responding.

Getting a comment can be like receiving a  little bouquet in your mailbox: a treat for the senses.  Division 4 has been taking a lot of time to read posts and write thoughtful comments. Students brainstormed, discussed,  and determined that the points below are important to keep in mind when commenting on blogs.


  • Make your comment worth reading.
  • Start a conversation.
  • Be positive, interested, and encouraging.
  • If you disagree, be polite about it.
  • Connect with the post: be on topic.
  • Re-read your comment before you hit submit–think before you send!
  • Aim for correct spelling, punctuation, and grammar.
  • Don’t use chat or texting language like lol, i, or u.
  • No “Hi! Visit my blog! Bye!” comments. Be thoughtful.
  • Include your blog url so people can comment back, and use our gmail address, not student webmail.
  • Keep your privacy: no personal or identifying information about you, your family, or your friends. Don’t give out last names, school name, phone numbers, user names, or places and dates you can be found.send me your love Gibsonclaire
Did we miss anything? Let us know what you think.

Image Send me your love by Gibsonclaire

59 responses so far

59 Responses to “Commenting Guidelines”

  1.   Miyazawaon 22 Jun 2010 at 6:20 am     Reply1

    This site is cool!!!!!!!!!!!! I enjoy reading ALL the blogs of people around the world! keep up the good work!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    •   Michaelon 21 Mar 2011 at 4:06 pm     Reply2

      great class site!

  2.   mrsempsonon 05 Sep 2010 at 12:20 pm     Reply3

    I’ve been learning a great deal from your class blog! I will be intriducing Blogging to my students this year for the first time. Thank you very much for being an excellent group of mentors!

    •   Jan Smithon 05 Sep 2010 at 8:32 pm     Reply4

      Best wishes to you as you begin blogging–come back and visit and leave some bread crumbs (your url) and we will visit you.

      •   alyssahion 07 Dec 2011 at 8:33 am     Reply5

        nice blog!!!!!!!!

        •   Jan Smithon 09 Dec 2011 at 7:15 am     Reply6

          Thanks, Alyssa. Can you be more specific? :)

  3.   Deborah Whiteon 23 Sep 2010 at 8:54 pm     Reply7


    I am just learning to blog myself and I am in College. What an experience, isn’t it? You have done an excellent job in what to do and what not to do. I am very new as are you, is suppose, so I wish you all of the luck in the world. You deserve it! If you would like to give me some good feedback on blogging, I could use any help as well.

    Take care and good luck.


    Deborah White

    •   Jan Smithon 25 Sep 2010 at 6:12 pm     Reply8

      Hi Deborah, thanks for visiting and for the kind encouragement. I would have to say the best advice about blogging is to remember that blogging is about reading as much as it is about writing. Visit other blogs, read, learn, think, and leave a thoughtful reply. It’s the best way to become a blogger. Best wishes, and do drop by again.

  4.   Noahon 18 Oct 2010 at 11:08 am     Reply9

    Keedz, dun tern owt laek teh duckiey uv badd speeling.

    •   Jan Smithon 18 Oct 2010 at 3:24 pm     Reply10

      Translation by blog pruner: Kids, don’t turn out like the ducky of bad spelling.

  5.   Hopeon 03 Nov 2010 at 1:59 pm     Reply11

    This is really cool. Thanks. :)

  6.   Kimion 22 Nov 2010 at 12:24 am     Reply12

    Hello Grade 6ers!

    I am learning to be a teacher at UNBC in Terrace BC, and I found your site while searching for a ‘good example of a classroom blog’.

    I have to admit, your classroom blog, and the individual blogs of the students are impressive! I especially appreciate the page on Commenting Guidelines. To me this indicates that you understand the blogging process, and I like the fact that you are posting your expectations for communication front and center on your blog. Someday when I finally have a classroom of my own I intend upon using blogs as a tool to comminucate, and I will definately follow your example of posting guidelines!

    Excellent blog!

    •   Jan Smithon 22 Nov 2010 at 6:49 am     Reply13

      Thanks for the kind words, Kimi! The first thing as we introduce blogging is spend a lot of time on commenting because reading and responding are at the heart of blogging. Best wishes with your studies!

  7.   Mr. Rodgerson 07 Dec 2010 at 6:05 pm     Reply14


    Thanks for all the great work you do with blogging in your classroom. It is an inspiration! I just started my blog this year and we will be setting up student blogs soon. We are working on quality commenting right now and I’d like to borrow your guidelines.

    I do have a quick question off of this topic. Did you require parent permission before students created blogs?

    Thank you!

  8.   Paula Michalakon 06 Feb 2011 at 8:38 am     Reply15

    This is great. I’m just learning how to blog and so this site is very useful to me.

  9.   vermalon 14 Feb 2011 at 2:57 pm     Reply16

    Thanks so much for affording me the privilege of visiting. I am a newbie at this. I am trying to set up class blog for my social studies students (grade 7)

    I like what you have done and I will come back to see this blog again. May I also use the guidelines you have here?

    •   Jan Smithon 15 Feb 2011 at 7:44 am     Reply17

      Hi there, Vermal, Good luck with your blog, you and your students will find it very satisfying. Thank you for asking permission to use my students’ guidelines. They will really appreciate that! You may find that having your students write their own, after exploring blog commenting for a bit, may in fact lead to better commenting by them in the long run.

  10.   mcgheealon 21 Feb 2011 at 10:14 pm     Reply18

    I would like to use your blog when we begin comments. Right now, we are working on our first blog post. I am a newbie with blogging but decided to forge ahead to afford my students the experience. So far it’s slow going because we’re having to edit and re-edit posts–they’re so excited, they don’t want to take the time to proof their posts. Hopefully this gets better as time goes on. Do you give blogging assignments or are your students free to blog on any topic that is of interest to them?

    •   Jan Smithon 23 Feb 2011 at 7:37 am     Reply19

      Good for you for stepping out with blogging–you will find it rewarding. I see you have a lab situation, so you only see the kids some of the time–adds a level of complexity for sure. I do give blogging assignments that relate to the curriculum and help them move forward with blogging skills. You may find the 7 Random Things About Me task useful. Good luck!

  11.   Mr Laidlawon 24 Feb 2011 at 1:04 am     Reply20

    Really good blogging rules. Nice and clear. I really liked the 3D Wordle, if that is what it is. How did you do that please? See Room 9’s Blog on the Room 9′s Guidelines page for our rules. We’ll have to update ours each term maybe.

    •   Jan Smithon 16 Apr 2011 at 8:29 am     Reply21

      Hi Mr. Laidlaw, when you create a Wordle you then do a screen capture of the image and then upload it as you would any image–give it a try!

  12.   Mr. Rodgerson 03 Mar 2011 at 6:35 pm     Reply22


    We are getting started with student blogging and my students enjoy reading your blog and your student blogs. Many of your students’ blogs have created real excitement with my students. I added you to our blog roll.


  13.   Mrs. Hechton 09 Jun 2011 at 12:42 pm     Reply23

    I am taking a class on collaborative webtools and your blog is excellent. I think your guidelines are great tips for young and old alike. Great work everyone!

    •   Mrs. Hechton 09 Jun 2011 at 12:53 pm     Reply24

      I’ll be linking to your blog in my own:

    •   Jan Smithon 21 Sep 2011 at 6:16 am     Reply25

      Hi Mrs. Hecht, good luck with your class and thanks for linking to us. I am grateful that my students take commenting so seriously…it’s the glue of blogging!

  14.   Kenzieon 15 Sep 2011 at 1:22 pm     Reply26

    Hello Mrs. Smith. Good pic, where did you find it?

    •   Jan Smithon 16 Sep 2011 at 1:02 pm     Reply27

      Hi Kenzie. I found that picture on Flickr. I will show you how this year.

  15.   nikolleon 29 Sep 2011 at 5:32 pm     Reply28

    Well, I just visit your blogging rules and I found them very helpful
    Even if a made a little mistakes that you mansion I am glad to read them,
    I am new at blogging so a appreciate your comments on my blog.

    •   Jan Smithon 01 Oct 2011 at 8:54 am     Reply29

      Hi Nikolle, we would love to comment on your blog, but we need you to leave a link :)

  16.   peter k.on 18 Oct 2011 at 9:08 am     Reply30

    This place is awesome i love this site

    •   Jan Smithon 18 Oct 2011 at 6:54 pm     Reply31


  17.   Mr. Stezzion 05 Dec 2011 at 8:27 pm     Reply32

    I found the commenting guidelines very helpful. Good point about being careful to use humor. It is very difficult to read humor in written form sometimes. If you get a chance check out my blog!

    •   Jan Smithon 25 Mar 2012 at 7:35 am     Reply33

      You’re right about humour–it can slip into sarcasm which often hurts. Best wishes with your blog!

  18.   mikemcveighon 05 Feb 2012 at 12:24 pm     Reply34

    Great Blog! I am just starting out with blogging with my students and I was wondering if I could use your guideline with my students.

    •   Jan Smithon 06 Feb 2012 at 6:39 am     Reply35

      Thanks for asking, Mike! You are welcome to use these guideline, just please give my students credit for their work. Best wishes on your blogging adventure!

  19.   Mrs Con 09 Feb 2012 at 8:57 am     Reply36

    The rules are very clear and do not have any contridictions in them. The theme and layout of the blog is very good.


    •   Jan Smithon 25 Mar 2012 at 7:32 am     Reply37

      Thank you, CreeperJack :)

  20.   llangloison 10 Sep 2012 at 6:04 pm     Reply38

    I love your blog and am starting one with my class this year. May I borrow your commenting guidelines for my class?

    •   Jan Smithon 12 Sep 2012 at 5:28 am     Reply39

      Hello Ms Langlois, thanks for visiting and most especially thanks for asking to borrow our student’s guidelines. I would only ask that you link back to this page to give credit to their work.
      Good luck with blogging!

  21.   Miss Eboson 29 Sep 2012 at 2:33 am     Reply40

    Hi there,

    I copied some bits of your commenting guidelines for my Year 6 students. I hope that’s okay. We’re still starting to make our blog informative and accessible to everyone.

    Your class blog is really informative and fun!

    Miss Ebos (from UK)

    •   Jan Smithon 29 Sep 2012 at 2:22 pm     Reply41

      Hi Miss Ebos, good luck to you and your Year 6 students. Of course you are welcome to use my student’s commenting guidelines. Please give them credit by linking back to this page.
      Best wishes, Jan Smith & Huzzah!

  22.   Emmaon 09 Oct 2012 at 2:33 am     Reply42

    This site is really fantastic – thanks for sharing. I’m learning how to blog, and it’s been really helpful to look at how the “professionals” do it!

    •   Jan Smithon 09 Oct 2012 at 5:03 am     Reply43

      Hi Emma, welcome to blogging. There is a bit of a steep learning curve initially, but soon you will find yourself ticking along like a pro!
      Best wishes, Jan

  23.   Bekkamon 09 Oct 2012 at 10:10 am     Reply44

    Hello, my name is Bekkam
    I think it is important to leave respectful comments to other people in the blogging world.

  24.   Mr. Lippon 14 Oct 2012 at 3:51 pm     Reply45

    Hello! I’m starting a blogging project with my high school Algebra 2 Honors students this year and I’m THRILLED to have found your online posting and commenting guidelines! I’m using many of them with my students (with proper credit, of course). Thank you so much!

    •   Jan Smithon 14 Oct 2012 at 4:08 pm     Reply46

      Go, Mr. Lipp, Go! We are thrilled that you found them useful and grateful that you are giving credit to the student’s work. If you open up your blog for public viewing at some point, please let us know!

  25.   Jennifer Starkeyon 29 Oct 2012 at 8:02 am     Reply47

    Hey! This is GREAT! I hope you don’t mind but I am going to use your advice to help my students. They have all started blogging this year and today and tomorrow they are learning how to comment. Thank you so much!

    •   Jan Smithon 12 Nov 2012 at 12:17 pm     Reply48

      Glad to hear it! Just give these students credit for their work.
      Jan Smith

  26.   jciminoon 16 Sep 2013 at 7:24 pm     Reply49

    I really like what you put together guidelines for commenting. May I use your guidelines on my teacher blog? I will be sure to credit you for your guidelines at the bottom of my page.

    Thank you.
    Mrs. C

    •   Jan Smithon 22 Sep 2013 at 7:29 am     Reply50

      Absolutely, Mrs. C. I would also like to point out the terrific, succinct guideline of Mrs. Krebs. Best wishes on blogging with your class this year.
      ~ Jan Smith

  27.   teachergal02on 22 Sep 2013 at 5:30 pm     Reply51

    I love this blog and I’m going to use it as inspiration for my fourth/fifth graders. I am in the beginnings of starting my class blog. I love the Shelfari widget, but don’t have a clue how to add it to my blog. Advice??

    •   Jan Smithon 22 Sep 2013 at 7:54 pm     Reply52

      Hi there, Teacher Gal,
      Thank you for the compliment. If you’d like to see some terrific blogs closer to your age, take a look at my sidebar for several blogs under Local Blogs–it’s great to see what other people are doing to think about what might work for your situation.
      If you have a Shelfari account, go to your shelf, and click “put your shelf on your blog”. Then copy the html code that shows up and put it a text widget in your sidebar. If all that is Greek, I suggest following The Edublogger where you’ll find all the tips you need, with turtorials, to get going.
      Good luck,

      •   Aletheaon 26 Sep 2013 at 5:37 am     Reply53

        Thank you for your suggestion to check out other blogs. There are so many talented teachers out there. Where do you all find the time? I’m going to work on my first post today. I am going to take a video of my class working out “The Locker Problem.” You’ll have to check it out!
        As far as the Shelfari tutorial…it doesn’t sound Greek until you get to adding the html code to a text widget. I’ve added widgets to my blogspot account but I don’t see where to paste a html link in the widget link.
        Thanks again for all your support and inspiration.

        •   Jan Smithon 26 Sep 2013 at 5:44 am     Reply54

          Hi Alethea, try this from your Edublogs dashboard: Appearance > widgets > drag a text box to your sidebar > open > paste the code > save. If you want to see a teacher working with the same theme, look at Hey, Kids!. You’ll begin to see some of the possibilities. Good luck with your blog!
          ~ Ms. Smith

  28.   lhaskellon 09 Aug 2014 at 11:44 am     Reply55

    You’ve done a great job here! Can I use some of these guidelines with my classes?

    •   Jan Smithon 09 Aug 2014 at 11:58 am     Reply56

      Hi there, thanks for the compliment! If you do use these guidelines, please link back to this page as it’s a positive pat to give students credit for their work. The process of having your students write their own guidelines is powerful learning, too.


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