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Whilst there are many routes into blogging, a popular approach is to begin by encouraging children to read posts by other classes or authors and to write thoughtful comments in response. In this video, teachers describe the techniques they used to establish blogging.

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Video summary
Annie explains that they started by encouraging children to read and explore a range of different types of blogs and leave comments. Initially, comments are short and only positive, but modelling helps them to improve. Jack talks about the need for children to be shown how to write good comments and for them to see this as peer marking.

We really started encouraging them to comment on other blogging sitesAnnie Ashraf