1. Start with one classroom blog. This will allow for a steady stream of postings and comments.
2. Provide a clear model for students before they begin. Highlight effective strategies or concepts used in your model.
3. Provide a topic with a clear description. Because a blog is about conversation, to be effective, the blog must have a defined purpose that is closely monitored.
4. Define grading expectations. Define your expectations for depth, content, and style.
5. Use comments to provide meaningful feedback. Encourage students to comment on one another’s postings. Comments can foster cognitive scaffolding by allowing students to revisit their learning, build on prior knowledge, and explore topics more-deeply.
6. Set boundaries for the use of appropriate language, topics, and grading (not as to inhibit exploration or creativity, but to create a setting through which it can be fostered).