The rules at this swimming pool maPool Ruleske sense, although if you are a kid you probably want to make sure you go with an adult!

We need rules for our blogs as well. Some of them are meant to keep everyone safe, some are about being a good digital citizen and some are meant to help you become a better writer.

 

 

 

 

Safety First

  • Only use your first name.
  • Only use the first names of the students who are in Mr. Toft’s class and have permission to put their name on our blog. If you want to mention your best friend Ezekial who is in Mr. Mahler’s class, you could say, “My best friend is E. He is in Mr. M’s class.
  • Don’t give your home email, phone number, or street address.
  • Don’t share specifics of your daily routines that involve time and location (i.e. where & when your tuba lesson is)
  • Parents and relatives: Feel free to leave comments. We’d love to hear from you!

Writing Rules

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  1. Always start a sentence with a capital letter.
  2. Always end a sentence with punctuation like . ? !
  3. IF YOU WRITE EVERY WORD IN CAPITAL LETTERS, IT MEANS YOU ARE SHOUTING!!!  Please don’t shout.  It hurts my ears.
  4. Use an exclamation mark (maximum of three!!!) if you are excited, passionate or annoyed about something!!!
  5. Have at least one space after punctuation like , . ? !
  6. Remember that many people will read what you write. Think carefully before clicking the “submit” or “send” button!
  7. Our blogs are not places to chat with your friends or share links to games and videos. You are encouraged to leave comments for classmates but it has to be about their writing.
  8. I am the gatekeeper. Everything you want to post on your blog has to get by me first!

Posts and Comments

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A post is often like a conversation starter.  It is usually written by the owner of the blog.
 
A comment is a piece of writing that keeps this conversation going. Comments usually come from visitors to the blog and the owner(s) of the blog.
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I find that the most interesting writing comes in the comments. Maybe this is because it forces you to think more deeply about the topic.
 

More advice:

Take the time to add something that adds to the topic. Avoid one or two word responses like “Great!”, “You Rock!” and “OK”. You are contributing to a conversation.

Consider using the TAG format to:

Tell something positive
Ask a question
Give a suggestion

Stay positive and polite: you do not have to agree with everyone’s opinion but you must be respectful of it.

Use phrases like:

  • I respectfully disagree…
  • Have you considered…?

Also:

  • greet the author by their name if it’s your first time writing to that person
  • briefly say where your are from
  • include information, like a link, on how to find your blog

.Example:

Hi Allyson, This is Nathan from Ottawa, Canada.  I enjoyed reading your post about the hermit crab.  I had no idea they were such interesting creatures.  I wonder if they would make good pets?  What do you think?  Please visit our class blog at MrToft.ca.

How to Write a Comment

Students, teachers, friends and family are encouraged to leave comments in our class blog or on our individual student blogs. To leave a comment you can either:

a) Click the comment icon beside the title of the post.

b) Click the “Leave a reply” link that follows the post.

Remember:  All comments are moderated before being posted. That means Mr. Toft will read the comment before deciding whether to add it to the blog.

How to Write a Post

Students in Mr. Toft’s classes are encouraged to write posts for our class blog. The easiest way to do this is:

  1. Write what you want to tell the class about on Microsoft Word or Google Docs.
  2. Save it on your computer.
  3. Go to Hand-In to send your post. Ask Mr. Toft for the password if you forget.