In my ed tech classes this rotation, I’ve started using the “Ask a question” section on my google class pages to work with our girls on how to post comments or reply to other people’s comments when online. I’ve come to the conclusion that whenever we leave a texting conversation or email back-and-forth, the people on both ends should leave that conversation skipping and whistling, happy with the “conversation” they just had and ready to go out in the world, be it to dinner or heading out to with friends spreading their joy and sunshine with the rest of the world.
Yes, that is a bit overblown, but think about it, in a world that seems to be brimming with negativity and disrespect, wouldn’t it be nice if this little corner of the world did their best to not allow a single text message or comment thread to end in a cloud of negativity? My hope is that our 7th, and 8th graders will get something out of this activity and even recall instances in their short texting life, where they wish they hadn’t posted something or wondered why someone was offended or hurt by their innocent text.
For the second activity, I had our girls post their favorite dessert along with a description of why it was their favorite. After they posted, one person from the class had to comment on a classmate’s to respectfully explain that, although the person’s choice was a good one, they thought there dessert was better. The tricky part was that they had to try to respond in a way that didn’t make them feel bad or like they were being mean or disrespectful. Below is an example of how our girls posted. I’ve blanked out names to protect the innocent.
Wilma FlintstoneNov 14My favorite dessert is a banana split because of the whipped cream and different flavors in one. Thank You!2 replies
Betty Rubble Nov 14Bananas are my least favorite fruit, but we can have different opinions!
Wilma Flintstone Nov 14Thank You for your opinion and I appreciate your positivity.Reply
Jane DoeNov 14I love ice cream and I love brownies, so my dad and I combined them, so we go get a big bowl and chocolate ice cream and a brownie and whipped cream plus a cherry on top and BOOM!! Best Dessert ever!!2 replies
Elsa Flan Nov 14Jane, brownies and ice cream are excellent separately, but if you want to combine them to make one dessert and enjoy it, there should be no reason why you can’t. I just prefer them on their own.
Jane Doe Nov 14Thank you for you opinionReply
Joan of Arc Nov 14in Potomac, we go to this restaurant called the Pony Express. For dessert, they have this really yummy warm cookie sundaes with chocolate sauce and vanilla ice cream! It is so delicious!2 replies
Betsy Ross Nov 14Sound good, but I thing that a restaurant in upstate New York has the best ice cream and brownies.
Joan of Arc Nov 14It probably does. Thanks!Reply