How to Write a Quality Comment

Fortunately, there are quite a few apps that allow students to leave quality comments for instant feedback to classmates’ projects, work samples or blog responses. Timely feedback is extremely important for student learning. However, the quality of the feedback is equally as important.

We need to teach students HOW to leave quality feedback for their classmates in order for it to be effective. Simply stating, “Good job!” is not enough.

Students must learn to dig deeper and write comments that include some of the following:

  • Compliments: Praising the author for their ideas.
  • New Information: Connections, questions or new information not mentioned in the post.
  • Digital Citizenship:  Students are quick to share personal information such as phone numbers, family details or thoughts about school. Or, they may be overly critical of their classmates. We must remember to teach students digital citizenship during our daily lessons.
  • Editing/Revising: The world of texting has definitely impacted the quality of digital responses. Students must spell-check and proofread before responding.

The following infographic may be helpful for teaching or revisiting key points. (Click to access template for editing)

Commenting Etiquette (4).pngWhat Should Students Do After the Feedback?

Often, students receive feedback and that is the end of the learning experience. Students must have time to:

  1. Respond: Have a discussion with their teachers and/or classmates.
  2. Review: Was the feedback useful? Can they make changes?
  3. Reflect: How did the feedback help the student learn? What would they do differently next time? What goals can they set for themselves?

How do you teach your students to write a quality comment?

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