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Did you enjoy visiting the students and teachers blogs from a couple of weeks ago?

Did you leave a comment on one or more of them?

Have you checked back if the poster answered your comment?

I know that many comments were left by students and I also know many have been answered. Check these out:

Hello Ms. W,

This week by being one of the students on the list, I noticed quite a lot. Many people like to comment about their own stories and then ask questions to learn more, which is really nice. Their questions typically regarded my travels, so they were fun to answer and talk about, but mostly, I loved to hear people’s stories. It’s so great to hear from people with similar experiences! Thanks for choosing me to be on the list!



Dear Miss W,

I am very exited to have had participated in this week’s challenge. I received a lot of positive comments and although there were a lot of comments to answer, it was very fun meeting new people and getting to know their ideas. Thank you so much for organizing this week’s challenge.


Hello Ms. W,
I have taken the time to answer to most of my comments, I couldn’t answer all of them because 236 comments is a lot.
Thank you,

There are five activities this week and two are in the form of a game. They involve visiting other blogs, leaving quality comments and writing a post about the comments you left.

Before playing the games, make sure your blog is ready for visitors.

  1. You have lots of interesting posts for visitors to read and comment on.
  2. Visitors can find posts by using tags or categories on your sidebar.
  3. You have a visitor widget to see where your visitors are coming from.
  4. You have at least five student and/or class blogs from other places around the world on your sidebar.

Game week is all about visiting other blogs.

Remember one of  the main aims of blogging includes commenting and carrying on conversations with the author of posts and their other readers.

A good commenter will have:

  • read the post carefully,
  • checked out the links in the post
  • read the previous comments before they leave one of their own
  • added to the conversation with a quality comment – remember that video from Mrs Yollis’ class.
  • included a link to their own blog or a similar post on their own blog

Activity 1: Game 1 

This is a game we have run for many challenges and allows you to connect globally.  Those who have taken part in a challenge before know the game of  ‘Count Out Three’. Here are the instructions:

  1. click on a blog on the student list or class list– count one
  2. now click on a blog from the new student’s blogroll – count two
  3. finally click on a blog from that new blogroll – count three
  4. leave a comment on an interesting post at this third blog.

Teachers: If you are moderating student comments, please make sure you are up-to-date with that this week as students can be very disappointed when they think they have no comments, yet many are in the moderation queue ready to be published.

Students: Make sure you are also replying to any comments that have been left for you.

Do this activity at least three times and finally, write your own post saying which blogs you visited and which posts you left a comment on. Why did you choose that post? Remember to include a link back to the post you left a comment on.

Activity 2: Game 2

This is a new one I have thought of to add to the challenge. Many great student posts are being flipped to the #17stubc Flipboard magazine, but I am not sure how many of you have actually checked them out. So here are the instructions for this game.

  1. Click on the flipboard magazine link here
  2. Click on the title of the post of what looks like an interesting image or a catchy title
  3. You should now be taken to the actual blog post, read it and leave a comment
  4. Come back to the magazine again and repeat two more times

Write a blog post mentioning the blog posts you read and the comment you left.


Activity 3:  Write a post about the commenting you have done this week or throughout the challenge so far.

  • What have you enjoyed about commenting?
  • What is annoying about commenting?
  • How have you found interesting posts to comment on?
  • Are your posts getting lots of quality comments? Why or why not?

Activity 4:  Create a list of great comment starters to help new students to blogging. There are some lists on the web but try to create your own. Here are a couple of examples from Anne Davis:

  •  Another thing to consider is…….
  • I can relate to this…….
  • This makes me think of…….

Activity 5: Write a quick post then include 5 great examples of comments as part of the post – use some interesting comment starters for each comment.

Get to it – start visiting and leaving quality comments that show you have read the post. 

How many quality comments could you leave this week? Can you leave 10, 20 or maybe 50?

52 thoughts on “Week 8: Let’s play a game or two

  1. What’s good Ms. W,

    I have completed my Week 8 Challenge. You can see it using this link . Apparently this is our last week of Student Blog Challenge. That means that unfortunately, you won’t get to read my blog posts anymore. My disappointment is immeasurable, as is yours, I suppose.

    Silver lining: I actually learned a lot from this experience 🙂 , and you have been a great help in me acquiring this knowledge. Many thanks for the opportunity and the mentoring you have done for all of us here at ISD.


  2. Dear Ms.W,
    This week I chose to do activity 2 that required us to write a blog post mentioning the blog posts we had read and the comment we’d left. I checked out the Flipboard Magazine and I was read 4 very well written posts. In my blog post I gave the link to each blog, a summary of what the post was about, and the comment I gave to the person. I truly enjoyed checking out other blogs and found them very interesting.
    Here is the link:

    Yours truly,

  3. Dear Miss W,

    This is the last week in the Student Blogging Challenge that my school will be participating in. I wanted to thank you for all the effort you have putted into all this activities. I have had a lot of fun and learned a lot about blogging that I found super interesting.
    Here is the link to my last blog post on commenting:

    Thank you again for SBC, it has been a great experience participating in it!

  4. Hi Ms. W,

    I did the activity #3 and below is the link to the post:

    I also want to thank you for hosting SBC 2017. It has been amazing since the beginning. I’ve met new people, improved my writing skills, and read amazing, relatable stories. I am also better at blogging now: I would say I write quality comments and I post more structured post than I did last year. Thank you!


  5. Dear Miss W,

    I have completed my Week 8 post: Let’s play a game or two.
    Here’s the link:
    This will, unfortunately, be the last week for our class, and I would like to thank you for the time and effort you put into making this experience what it is. I had never done any blogging before, and you gave me a taste to sharing my experiences with others. Thank you, Miss W.

    Regards, Tristan.

  6. Dear Ms.W,
    I completed the second activity and had a great time doing so. All three blog posts were very interesting and I was amazed by one of them specifically. Unfortunately, this is my class’ last week doing the student blog challenges but this was a great learning experience. So, I just want to thank you for all you’ve done for us and bloggers like me.
    Here is the link to my blog:
    Sincerely, Tahiry

  7. Hey Ms. W,

    I have chosen the “Count to Three” activity for my Week 8 post. I have chosen to find three different blogs using the Count to Three technique and write three different quality comments. Here is the link to my post. As this is our last week I wanted to thank you for the opportunity you have given us and thank you for the hard work you and the mentors have put in.


  8. Dear Ms. W,

    For this weeks SBC, I wrote a post on my experience with blogging throughout the whole challenge. I used it as a good time to reflect on thoughts and experiences and overall really enjoyed the post. As this will be the last week that my class will be participating in the challenge, I would like to thank you for the time and effort that you put into this SBC and I hope that I will be able to participate in many more to come.

    All the best,

  9. Dear Mrs.W,

    I have completed the SBC8 challenge “Let’s play a game or two.” Below is my post detailing the blogs I visited, they were fun and cool.
    This is also the last week my school is participating in the challenge so I just wanted to say thank you for providing this great experience to us where we were able to connect with the outside world.

  10. Hello Mrs. W!

    I have created a post on one of the Flipboard articles. The post was kind of funny for me because it gave me Deja-Vu of week 3. Here is my post if you would like to see it:

    Max Meyer.

  11. Dear Ms. W,

    I have completed my Week 8 Post ‘Let’s play a game or two’.
    I have written two post inspired by Nate & Fp.
    Link below to their posts:

    Please check the link below for my posts:


  12. Hello Ms W,
    Below I have attached the link to my latest post that I did on Activity 2. Thank you so much for teaching me so much about blogging and writing useful good quality comments. This will help me a lot later and if I ever want to blog again! This is my last week participating and I hope the rest of your Student Blogging Challenge Journey is a great one!

    Thank you,

  13. Hello Ms. W,

    This week’s challenge was very fun to do; I really appreciated the opportunity to go through other student’s blogs, and see what they were talking about. I completed activity 2 by visiting a couple of blogs and writing a blog post of my own here.

    Thank you so much for doing everything you’re doing for this challenge; much appreciation from all the bloggers in Dakar.



  14. Mrs. W,
    I looked through and did the 1,2,3 activity, and made a post about it! It would be really cool if you could check out my blog!

  15. hello Mrs W,
    thank you for all the time you have put into making these posts and making these challenges possible and helping us to become better writers. I really enjoyed the 2017 weekly challenges. sad to say that week 8 will be our last weekly challenge we will do in class but I hope to make more blog posts outside of class because I really enjoyed this and I love to write to it helps with that as well!
    so thank you again, if you could possibly check out my week 8 blog posts, i’d really like that.. I hope you enjoy!


  16. Hello Miss W
    I completed week 8 activity 2, here’s the link
    Thank you for your time and especially your effort in making these activity’s for us. This will be the last week activity I will partake in so I would just like to say a really sincere thank you 🙂

  17. Dear Miss W.

    I just completed activity 3 for this week’s blog challenge. Here’s the link:

    Also, I would like to thank you so much for your time and effort that you have put into this challenge! The activities you came up with were all so much fun, and it was a great way to bring students together. Sadly, this is the last week my classmates and I will be participating in the challenge. I’m sad to go but thank you so much for hosting!



  18. It has been fun doing the blog challenges. Unfortunately, this will be our last week participating. Thank you for a good time.

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