At Westwood with Iford School we are using blogging to enjoy writing and to raise standards in our Literacy. Below you will find a link to all of our current blogs. Please visit them and leave us a comment - we LOVE it when someone writes about our work.
Westwood with Iford School Blogs
We have a few simple guidelines and suggestions that will help us to keep our blogs safe and enjoyable for everyone to read.
* Children should only use their first name when commenting.
* Parents who leave comments are asked to use their first name only so as not to identify their child, or post comments as “Jack’s Mum” or “Alison's’s Auntie”.
* An email address is required and your comment will be moderated before going live on a blog.
* In class, do not post photos from, or links to other websites without permission from your class teacher.
* All posts will be checked by a teacher or Mr Rockey before they are published to a blog.
* All comments are checked by a teacher or Mr Rockey before they appear on a blog.
* Be positive if you are going to comment. Say something that you like about a post and maybe even ask that person a question.
* Please write in full sentences and use proper punctuation. Make sure you double check your comments carefully before sending them.
Tutorials to help with navigating our blogs
How to comment on a Blog Post
A check list for writing GREAT blog comments:
Here are a couple of ideas to get you started:
A one-point comment is a general comment that doesn’t add very much to the post. Example: I like your blog. It's great!
A two-point comment adds something to the comment conversation. A commenter might compliment the writer in a specific way or add new information. Another idea is to make a connection. Maybe the post reminds you of an experience that you’ve had. Share that connection! Try to end your comment with a relevant question. That way, an interesting conversation can develop.
How to write a blog post
Here are some excellent ideas I found on Kathleen Morris’ blog to hep with writing a post:
- Write posts semi-regularly such as every week or two. People might not have a chance to read posts that are published too close together. Readers might forget about your blog if you leave too long a gap between posts.
- Write about something that you are interested in but also something that will interest others.
- Reply to all/most of your commenters. Readers will be encouraged to comment again if their comment is acknowledged or if they engaged in a conversation.
- Don’t overdo glitter text and keep fonts consistent and easy to read. Yellows and fluro colours are generally very hard to read.
- If you want to use images, use creative commons images, screenshots or your own photos/artwork.
- Make posts easy to read. Left aligning text, using paragraphs, subheadings and/or dot points all helps the reader take in your post more easily.
- End posts with questions to provide readers with commenting prompts. Asking questions that a variety of readers could answer is a skill that will help you to develop as a blogger.
- Proofread and check your facts before publishing. VERY important!