Parents, grandparents, aunts, and uncles, could you spare a few minutes a week to help the students in Reading Workshop? All you need is Internet access and some type of devise to post comments (laptop, PC, IPad, smart phone, etc.).
Students have been working hard on their blogs. Their writing is getting better, both with content and mechanics. Although they are beginning to build readership, getting frequent comments motivates them like nothing else. And here is where you could help.
On the right sidebar, students' blogs are listed with links under 2012 Student Blogs. They are listed by classes 601-604. If you would comment on a few blogs, you could help make a difference to a young writer. Some students get quite a few comments, but some hardly ever get any. You could let these kids know they have an audience that cares about their blog by posting a short, positive comment on their blog.
This idea originated from Laura Crosby who has been taking some time to comment on The Reading Workshop student blogs for the last few weeks. The results have been very positive and students really have felt great reading her remarks about their posts.
Please take a few minutes and make a student's day. It doesn't matter if it's someone you know or not. Believe me, all students appreciate it when someone has something good to say about their writing.
If you have questions about how to get started, just send me an email at Mr. McGuire.
P.S. Any student that can get their parent/grandparent to start commenting on blogs will earn extra credit. :)