A note to students assigned to comment on my LJ

A number of comments have been coming in today from students who were assigned to read this blog and comment on it. This is pretty cool and I appreciate it.

However, some of these comments have been fairly nasty. Now, don’t get me wrong. This is a free country and you can think or write whatever you want. But you should know this – I have set up this LJ so that anonymous comments are screened. That means that I have to read and approve of them before they can be seen by the rest of the world. I promise you this – if you write posts that are hateful or defamatory, I will not unscreen them. Save your energy. Get your own blog, if you want. If you really hate the assignment that much, then maybe you should discuss it with your teacher.

I know that sounds cranky, but my foot is killing me. I’m going to go read for a while.

72 Replies to “A note to students assigned to comment on my LJ”

  1. It ain’t cranky at all not to let hateful people post on your blog.

    Folks, if you’re going to write something, sign your name to it. This is a free country, and you have the right to express yourselves, but you also must be willing to be accountable for your actions. With freedom comes enormous responsibility, which means that self-expression has to respect the rights of others, as well.

    There is a human being at the end of this blog. She treats you with respect with her words. Return the favor in turn.

  2. It ain’t cranky at all not to let hateful people post on your blog.

    Folks, if you’re going to write something, sign your name to it. This is a free country, and you have the right to express yourselves, but you also must be willing to be accountable for your actions. With freedom comes enormous responsibility, which means that self-expression has to respect the rights of others, as well.

    There is a human being at the end of this blog. She treats you with respect with her words. Return the favor in turn.

  3. It ain’t cranky at all not to let hateful people post on your blog.

    Folks, if you’re going to write something, sign your name to it. This is a free country, and you have the right to express yourselves, but you also must be willing to be accountable for your actions. With freedom comes enormous responsibility, which means that self-expression has to respect the rights of others, as well.

    There is a human being at the end of this blog. She treats you with respect with her words. Return the favor in turn.

  4. I figureed you could use a laugh:

    THE REPORTER

    Two boys from Buffalo, NY are playing street hockey when one of the boys is attacked by a rabid pit bull. Thinking quickly, the other boy takes his hockey stick, wedges it down the dog’s collar and twists, breaking the dog’s neck.

    A Buffalo News reporter hears about the incident and rushes over to interview the boy. “Young Sabres Fan Saves Friend From Vicious Animal,” he starts writing in his notebook.

    “But I’m not a Buffalo Sabres fan,” the young hero replies.

    “Sorry,” replied the reporter, “since we’re in Buffalo, I just assumed you were.” “Bills Fan Rescues Friend From Horrific Attack,” the reporter continues in his notebook.

    “But I’m not a Buffalo Bills fan, either,” the boy responds.

    “I just thought everyone in Buffalo was either a Sabres or a Bill’s fan,” replied the reporter, “Whom do you root for?”

    “I’m a Toronto Maple Leaf fan,” the boy answers proudly.

    The reporter starts a new sheet in his notebook and writes, “Little Canadian Bastard Kills Beloved Family Pet.”

    Stolen from: http://www.buffaloresearch.com/humor.html

  5. I figureed you could use a laugh:

    THE REPORTER

    Two boys from Buffalo, NY are playing street hockey when one of the boys is attacked by a rabid pit bull. Thinking quickly, the other boy takes his hockey stick, wedges it down the dog’s collar and twists, breaking the dog’s neck.

    A Buffalo News reporter hears about the incident and rushes over to interview the boy. “Young Sabres Fan Saves Friend From Vicious Animal,” he starts writing in his notebook.

    “But I’m not a Buffalo Sabres fan,” the young hero replies.

    “Sorry,” replied the reporter, “since we’re in Buffalo, I just assumed you were.” “Bills Fan Rescues Friend From Horrific Attack,” the reporter continues in his notebook.

    “But I’m not a Buffalo Bills fan, either,” the boy responds.

    “I just thought everyone in Buffalo was either a Sabres or a Bill’s fan,” replied the reporter, “Whom do you root for?”

    “I’m a Toronto Maple Leaf fan,” the boy answers proudly.

    The reporter starts a new sheet in his notebook and writes, “Little Canadian Bastard Kills Beloved Family Pet.”

    Stolen from: http://www.buffaloresearch.com/humor.html

          1. Oh, Buffalo, oh Buffalo.. I will still root for thee even if your Flutie Flakes make me wince..

            It’s weird seeing Flutie Flakes in “Everybody Loves Raymond”. It’s hilarious how they made a huge deal about him and now POOF he’s on another team and it’s as if he’s fallen off the face of the planet.

  6. I figureed you could use a laugh:

    THE REPORTER

    Two boys from Buffalo, NY are playing street hockey when one of the boys is attacked by a rabid pit bull. Thinking quickly, the other boy takes his hockey stick, wedges it down the dog’s collar and twists, breaking the dog’s neck.

    A Buffalo News reporter hears about the incident and rushes over to interview the boy. “Young Sabres Fan Saves Friend From Vicious Animal,” he starts writing in his notebook.

    “But I’m not a Buffalo Sabres fan,” the young hero replies.

    “Sorry,” replied the reporter, “since we’re in Buffalo, I just assumed you were.” “Bills Fan Rescues Friend From Horrific Attack,” the reporter continues in his notebook.

    “But I’m not a Buffalo Bills fan, either,” the boy responds.

    “I just thought everyone in Buffalo was either a Sabres or a Bill’s fan,” replied the reporter, “Whom do you root for?”

    “I’m a Toronto Maple Leaf fan,” the boy answers proudly.

    The reporter starts a new sheet in his notebook and writes, “Little Canadian Bastard Kills Beloved Family Pet.”

    Stolen from: http://www.buffaloresearch.com/humor.html

  7. Hmph. I’d say that people like this are simply jealous, but probably these kids are just bitter, angry people. Gosh, grow up a little, you haters!

    And hope your foot feels better. It makes me cringe to just think of someone going near my foot with a scalpel.

    ~me

  8. Hmph. I’d say that people like this are simply jealous, but probably these kids are just bitter, angry people. Gosh, grow up a little, you haters!

    And hope your foot feels better. It makes me cringe to just think of someone going near my foot with a scalpel.

    ~me

  9. Hmph. I’d say that people like this are simply jealous, but probably these kids are just bitter, angry people. Gosh, grow up a little, you haters!

    And hope your foot feels better. It makes me cringe to just think of someone going near my foot with a scalpel.

    ~me

  10. I just read “Prom” for the first time today, and I thought I’d tell you my thoughts on it. I loved it (not suprisingly, I tend to love your stuff.) but what made me most excited to read it was that when I was done and I could come here and tell you how much I loved it. 🙂 Ahh, internet magic!

    Thanks for not making her end up with TJ, by the way. I never liked him. Hehehe.

  11. I just read “Prom” for the first time today, and I thought I’d tell you my thoughts on it. I loved it (not suprisingly, I tend to love your stuff.) but what made me most excited to read it was that when I was done and I could come here and tell you how much I loved it. 🙂 Ahh, internet magic!

    Thanks for not making her end up with TJ, by the way. I never liked him. Hehehe.

    1. I never really liked him, either… there was part of me that wanted him to get a clue about how limited his life was, but that didn’t feel realistic. Glad you liked the book!

  12. I just read “Prom” for the first time today, and I thought I’d tell you my thoughts on it. I loved it (not suprisingly, I tend to love your stuff.) but what made me most excited to read it was that when I was done and I could come here and tell you how much I loved it. 🙂 Ahh, internet magic!

    Thanks for not making her end up with TJ, by the way. I never liked him. Hehehe.

  13. Sorry to hear about your foot! That must hurt a lot. 🙁

    Yep, kids my age can be nasty sometimes. Um, I guess I could say I’ve experienced it. Sorry that happened, though – I love your books and think that if I read one of them for class that would be awesome. 🙂

    I thought I was going to die in my dream last night and almost had a concussion when I woke up by hitting my head on the corner of the nightstand. And then I watched a gangster show from the 1950s and ate cereal. And then my mom got into a car accident. And a friend from school was also sick.

    I guess it’s just an all-around not good health day for everyone. -.- Hope your foot feels better.

  14. Sorry to hear about your foot! That must hurt a lot. 🙁

    Yep, kids my age can be nasty sometimes. Um, I guess I could say I’ve experienced it. Sorry that happened, though – I love your books and think that if I read one of them for class that would be awesome. 🙂

    I thought I was going to die in my dream last night and almost had a concussion when I woke up by hitting my head on the corner of the nightstand. And then I watched a gangster show from the 1950s and ate cereal. And then my mom got into a car accident. And a friend from school was also sick.

    I guess it’s just an all-around not good health day for everyone. -.- Hope your foot feels better.

  15. Sorry to hear about your foot! That must hurt a lot. 🙁

    Yep, kids my age can be nasty sometimes. Um, I guess I could say I’ve experienced it. Sorry that happened, though – I love your books and think that if I read one of them for class that would be awesome. 🙂

    I thought I was going to die in my dream last night and almost had a concussion when I woke up by hitting my head on the corner of the nightstand. And then I watched a gangster show from the 1950s and ate cereal. And then my mom got into a car accident. And a friend from school was also sick.

    I guess it’s just an all-around not good health day for everyone. -.- Hope your foot feels better.

  16. Sorry!

    I am sorry about what some of the kids in my class did and I knew as soon as the teacher showed us this sight that some people were going to post profanity and bad things about you and your books. I could pick out the people who did this instantly. I am going to tell my teacher about this and they will most likely get in trouble. I am sorry about this and I hope that you can forgive them.
    Sincerely,

    -Cameron Johnson
    9th Grade Student

  17. Sorry!

    I am sorry about what some of the kids in my class did and I knew as soon as the teacher showed us this sight that some people were going to post profanity and bad things about you and your books. I could pick out the people who did this instantly. I am going to tell my teacher about this and they will most likely get in trouble. I am sorry about this and I hope that you can forgive them.
    Sincerely,

    -Cameron Johnson
    9th Grade Student

    1. Re: Sorry!

      I appreciate your note. Some people are always going to push the limits. That’s part of being a teenager. Setting limits is part of being an adult. So I guess we’re all doing our job here. 🙂

  18. Sorry!

    I am sorry about what some of the kids in my class did and I knew as soon as the teacher showed us this sight that some people were going to post profanity and bad things about you and your books. I could pick out the people who did this instantly. I am going to tell my teacher about this and they will most likely get in trouble. I am sorry about this and I hope that you can forgive them.
    Sincerely,

    -Cameron Johnson
    9th Grade Student

  19. Re: Sorry!

    I appreciate your note. Some people are always going to push the limits. That’s part of being a teenager. Setting limits is part of being an adult. So I guess we’re all doing our job here. 🙂

  20. Re: Sorry!

    I appreciate your note. Some people are always going to push the limits. That’s part of being a teenager. Setting limits is part of being an adult. So I guess we’re all doing our job here. 🙂

  21. Do teachers often assign their students to look at author websites/journals? I’ve never heard of this until now – it’s somewhat bizarre. I suppose it’s expected that if you are a well-known author, direct, singer, actor, etc. and you have a blog, people will want to read it and to know about your professional life as well as personal, but it’s still weird to know that a teacher is making it into an assignment.

    At any rate, I hope your foot heals soon. I remember when my little sister had to get a lot of spots removed from her shoulders when she was a pre-teen, and was in pain for days, even though some were only ‘frozen’ off. If it was only bra-straps and shirt-collars and seatbelts to irritate her, I can’t imagine how much worse your foot must feel.

  22. Do teachers often assign their students to look at author websites/journals? I’ve never heard of this until now – it’s somewhat bizarre. I suppose it’s expected that if you are a well-known author, direct, singer, actor, etc. and you have a blog, people will want to read it and to know about your professional life as well as personal, but it’s still weird to know that a teacher is making it into an assignment.

    At any rate, I hope your foot heals soon. I remember when my little sister had to get a lot of spots removed from her shoulders when she was a pre-teen, and was in pain for days, even though some were only ‘frozen’ off. If it was only bra-straps and shirt-collars and seatbelts to irritate her, I can’t imagine how much worse your foot must feel.

    1. Teachers look for any way to get teens too read and write. Blogging with a living, reachable author is one way get them to engage in the reading and to put their thoughts into, so it’s not so weird.

      1. Oh, I understand that! It isn’t so much that the teachers are thinking “aha, perhaps this will help the students feel closer to the writer and thus be more inclined to read” that was the weird bit, because past teachers of mine have done similar things to get kids interested in reading (like writing letters to our favorite authors, dressing up as a character). It was the online/blog bit that seemed odd to me. Most likely, I’m out of touch with how much teens are online these days and how it’s more accessible than other things. My siblings aren’t really into the computer, and I didn’t know very many people at all back when I was in high school (six, seven years ago) who did more than email friends.

        (also, it took me three months of knowing of before I took a look, and several more before I started reading regularly, because I was uncomfortable reading the blog of someone I admire! I still don’t feel entirely comfortable commenting, and now I’m smacking my forehead, thinking ‘oh dear, and Miss Laurie’s going to get this in her email, too!’ – so that’s undoubtedly contributing to the ‘weird’ feeling)

        1. There were three reasons I set up this blog:

          1. To have a place to communicate with my readers. I do not respond to reader email. Why not? I tried that and I was flooded. By having the open forum of the blog, I can answer the common questions in a way that can be read by thousands. It also gives readers a place where they can communicate with each other.

          2. To provide information to teachers and fellow writers. This is an extension of my website and the whole point of that is to provide supplemental information about my books and my life as an author.

          3. To give me a soapbox. I am as opinionated as the next person, and this is where I go to rant.

          I have no problems with the types of assignments that send kids to comment on an author blog. But there are a few minor glitches that need to be worked out. In this instance, there is a need for accountability. Since the students commented anonymously (which I don’t mind at all), some of them felt it was an opportunity to “write nasty on the bathroom wall”, so to speak. I was not offended or upset. Irritated, yeah, but I spend a lot of time with teenagers, and I know that this kind of behavior is going to crop up.

          For teachers who are considering this kind of assignment in future, I suggest developing it in a way that your students will know that you know what they’ve written. When there is fool-proof accountability, there is less dumb stuff.

          As for you, I sure hope you’ll feel comfortable added your comments whenever you want.

  23. Do teachers often assign their students to look at author websites/journals? I’ve never heard of this until now – it’s somewhat bizarre. I suppose it’s expected that if you are a well-known author, direct, singer, actor, etc. and you have a blog, people will want to read it and to know about your professional life as well as personal, but it’s still weird to know that a teacher is making it into an assignment.

    At any rate, I hope your foot heals soon. I remember when my little sister had to get a lot of spots removed from her shoulders when she was a pre-teen, and was in pain for days, even though some were only ‘frozen’ off. If it was only bra-straps and shirt-collars and seatbelts to irritate her, I can’t imagine how much worse your foot must feel.

  24. Teachers look for any way to get teens too read and write. Blogging with a living, reachable author is one way get them to engage in the reading and to put their thoughts into, so it’s not so weird.

  25. Teachers look for any way to get teens too read and write. Blogging with a living, reachable author is one way get them to engage in the reading and to put their thoughts into, so it’s not so weird.

  26. Oh, I understand that! It isn’t so much that the teachers are thinking “aha, perhaps this will help the students feel closer to the writer and thus be more inclined to read” that was the weird bit, because past teachers of mine have done similar things to get kids interested in reading (like writing letters to our favorite authors, dressing up as a character). It was the online/blog bit that seemed odd to me. Most likely, I’m out of touch with how much teens are online these days and how it’s more accessible than other things. My siblings aren’t really into the computer, and I didn’t know very many people at all back when I was in high school (six, seven years ago) who did more than email friends.

    (also, it took me three months of knowing of before I took a look, and several more before I started reading regularly, because I was uncomfortable reading the blog of someone I admire! I still don’t feel entirely comfortable commenting, and now I’m smacking my forehead, thinking ‘oh dear, and Miss Laurie’s going to get this in her email, too!’ – so that’s undoubtedly contributing to the ‘weird’ feeling)

  27. Oh, I understand that! It isn’t so much that the teachers are thinking “aha, perhaps this will help the students feel closer to the writer and thus be more inclined to read” that was the weird bit, because past teachers of mine have done similar things to get kids interested in reading (like writing letters to our favorite authors, dressing up as a character). It was the online/blog bit that seemed odd to me. Most likely, I’m out of touch with how much teens are online these days and how it’s more accessible than other things. My siblings aren’t really into the computer, and I didn’t know very many people at all back when I was in high school (six, seven years ago) who did more than email friends.

    (also, it took me three months of knowing of before I took a look, and several more before I started reading regularly, because I was uncomfortable reading the blog of someone I admire! I still don’t feel entirely comfortable commenting, and now I’m smacking my forehead, thinking ‘oh dear, and Miss Laurie’s going to get this in her email, too!’ – so that’s undoubtedly contributing to the ‘weird’ feeling)

  28. you have the right

    you have every right to be cranky if that’s what you want to call it I mean to all his/her own but they can also keep their comments to themselves or find somewhere elsse to put them on an unrelated note I think my 7 month old niece is going to be just like her aunt and be a book worm I thing this because most especially when you have a book she is always trying to grab it. She seems most excited when seeing a harry potter book. now I want to see how she responds to your books she’ll be a Laurie Halse Anderson fan if I have anything to say about it lol. I will keep you posted on her response – Jessica from sheeepshead bay high school

  29. you have the right

    you have every right to be cranky if that’s what you want to call it I mean to all his/her own but they can also keep their comments to themselves or find somewhere elsse to put them on an unrelated note I think my 7 month old niece is going to be just like her aunt and be a book worm I thing this because most especially when you have a book she is always trying to grab it. She seems most excited when seeing a harry potter book. now I want to see how she responds to your books she’ll be a Laurie Halse Anderson fan if I have anything to say about it lol. I will keep you posted on her response – Jessica from sheeepshead bay high school

  30. you have the right

    you have every right to be cranky if that’s what you want to call it I mean to all his/her own but they can also keep their comments to themselves or find somewhere elsse to put them on an unrelated note I think my 7 month old niece is going to be just like her aunt and be a book worm I thing this because most especially when you have a book she is always trying to grab it. She seems most excited when seeing a harry potter book. now I want to see how she responds to your books she’ll be a Laurie Halse Anderson fan if I have anything to say about it lol. I will keep you posted on her response – Jessica from sheeepshead bay high school

  31. I never really liked him, either… there was part of me that wanted him to get a clue about how limited his life was, but that didn’t feel realistic. Glad you liked the book!

  32. I never really liked him, either… there was part of me that wanted him to get a clue about how limited his life was, but that didn’t feel realistic. Glad you liked the book!

  33. There were three reasons I set up this blog:

    1. To have a place to communicate with my readers. I do not respond to reader email. Why not? I tried that and I was flooded. By having the open forum of the blog, I can answer the common questions in a way that can be read by thousands. It also gives readers a place where they can communicate with each other.

    2. To provide information to teachers and fellow writers. This is an extension of my website and the whole point of that is to provide supplemental information about my books and my life as an author.

    3. To give me a soapbox. I am as opinionated as the next person, and this is where I go to rant.

    I have no problems with the types of assignments that send kids to comment on an author blog. But there are a few minor glitches that need to be worked out. In this instance, there is a need for accountability. Since the students commented anonymously (which I don’t mind at all), some of them felt it was an opportunity to “write nasty on the bathroom wall”, so to speak. I was not offended or upset. Irritated, yeah, but I spend a lot of time with teenagers, and I know that this kind of behavior is going to crop up.

    For teachers who are considering this kind of assignment in future, I suggest developing it in a way that your students will know that you know what they’ve written. When there is fool-proof accountability, there is less dumb stuff.

    As for you, I sure hope you’ll feel comfortable added your comments whenever you want.

  34. There were three reasons I set up this blog:

    1. To have a place to communicate with my readers. I do not respond to reader email. Why not? I tried that and I was flooded. By having the open forum of the blog, I can answer the common questions in a way that can be read by thousands. It also gives readers a place where they can communicate with each other.

    2. To provide information to teachers and fellow writers. This is an extension of my website and the whole point of that is to provide supplemental information about my books and my life as an author.

    3. To give me a soapbox. I am as opinionated as the next person, and this is where I go to rant.

    I have no problems with the types of assignments that send kids to comment on an author blog. But there are a few minor glitches that need to be worked out. In this instance, there is a need for accountability. Since the students commented anonymously (which I don’t mind at all), some of them felt it was an opportunity to “write nasty on the bathroom wall”, so to speak. I was not offended or upset. Irritated, yeah, but I spend a lot of time with teenagers, and I know that this kind of behavior is going to crop up.

    For teachers who are considering this kind of assignment in future, I suggest developing it in a way that your students will know that you know what they’ve written. When there is fool-proof accountability, there is less dumb stuff.

    As for you, I sure hope you’ll feel comfortable added your comments whenever you want.

  35. Oh, Buffalo, oh Buffalo.. I will still root for thee even if your Flutie Flakes make me wince..

    It’s weird seeing Flutie Flakes in “Everybody Loves Raymond”. It’s hilarious how they made a huge deal about him and now POOF he’s on another team and it’s as if he’s fallen off the face of the planet.

  36. Oh, Buffalo, oh Buffalo.. I will still root for thee even if your Flutie Flakes make me wince..

    It’s weird seeing Flutie Flakes in “Everybody Loves Raymond”. It’s hilarious how they made a huge deal about him and now POOF he’s on another team and it’s as if he’s fallen off the face of the planet.

  37. Students leaving messages

    How would you suggest, as a teacher, that I hold my students accountable for what they put on your website, if it is “anonymous.” I think that it is a great way to communicate with an author whose novel we are reading in class, but I can’t really force all of them to make or open and id? What do you suggest?

  38. Students leaving messages

    How would you suggest, as a teacher, that I hold my students accountable for what they put on your website, if it is “anonymous.” I think that it is a great way to communicate with an author whose novel we are reading in class, but I can’t really force all of them to make or open and id? What do you suggest?

    1. Re: Students leaving messages

      Good question. I agree it would be silly to have all of them open an LJ. What about requiring them to sign their names to their comments, and make clear what is and is not appropriate? I suspect that if they knew you had a way to monitor their contributions (their names appearing on their comments), there would be very few shenanigans.

      Of course, if they sign their names to comments that are nasty, I wouldn’t unscreen them regardless. (That happened this week.) But then you would know by whose comments are not visible that they crossed the line.

      What I can’t figure out is how to prevent a student from using the name of another student to get that person in trouble. Any suggestions there?

      BTW, major props to you for being open to the opportunities that this technology offers your students. Thank you!

      1. Re: Students leaving messages

        WOW!!! I can’t believe you responded to me. Having the students sign their name would be a great way to hold them accountable for their words and actions. Not that you would always be able to stop students from signing someone else’s name, but as the teacher I could have the students also turn in what they submitted to you and double check to make sure it is appropriate. Also, if their name does not appear on your website I will know one of two things: 1) they did not do the assignment at all or 2)they were not mature or thoughtful with the assignment.
        Thank you for responding. Hopefully you will be able to visit our school sometime in the future. In our health curriculum we teach SPEAK and have been doing it for a number of years now so every student in the building has read it. We have also implemented an all school author program and I am hoping to have Catalyst nominated for everyone to read. I think it would be a great way to pull everyone together and it would also mean that we would get to meet you!
        Thanks again.

  39. Students leaving messages

    How would you suggest, as a teacher, that I hold my students accountable for what they put on your website, if it is “anonymous.” I think that it is a great way to communicate with an author whose novel we are reading in class, but I can’t really force all of them to make or open and id? What do you suggest?

  40. Re: Students leaving messages

    Good question. I agree it would be silly to have all of them open an LJ. What about requiring them to sign their names to their comments, and make clear what is and is not appropriate? I suspect that if they knew you had a way to monitor their contributions (their names appearing on their comments), there would be very few shenanigans.

    Of course, if they sign their names to comments that are nasty, I wouldn’t unscreen them regardless. (That happened this week.) But then you would know by whose comments are not visible that they crossed the line.

    What I can’t figure out is how to prevent a student from using the name of another student to get that person in trouble. Any suggestions there?

    BTW, major props to you for being open to the opportunities that this technology offers your students. Thank you!

  41. Re: Students leaving messages

    Good question. I agree it would be silly to have all of them open an LJ. What about requiring them to sign their names to their comments, and make clear what is and is not appropriate? I suspect that if they knew you had a way to monitor their contributions (their names appearing on their comments), there would be very few shenanigans.

    Of course, if they sign their names to comments that are nasty, I wouldn’t unscreen them regardless. (That happened this week.) But then you would know by whose comments are not visible that they crossed the line.

    What I can’t figure out is how to prevent a student from using the name of another student to get that person in trouble. Any suggestions there?

    BTW, major props to you for being open to the opportunities that this technology offers your students. Thank you!

  42. Re: Students leaving messages

    WOW!!! I can’t believe you responded to me. Having the students sign their name would be a great way to hold them accountable for their words and actions. Not that you would always be able to stop students from signing someone else’s name, but as the teacher I could have the students also turn in what they submitted to you and double check to make sure it is appropriate. Also, if their name does not appear on your website I will know one of two things: 1) they did not do the assignment at all or 2)they were not mature or thoughtful with the assignment.
    Thank you for responding. Hopefully you will be able to visit our school sometime in the future. In our health curriculum we teach SPEAK and have been doing it for a number of years now so every student in the building has read it. We have also implemented an all school author program and I am hoping to have Catalyst nominated for everyone to read. I think it would be a great way to pull everyone together and it would also mean that we would get to meet you!
    Thanks again.

  43. Re: Students leaving messages

    WOW!!! I can’t believe you responded to me. Having the students sign their name would be a great way to hold them accountable for their words and actions. Not that you would always be able to stop students from signing someone else’s name, but as the teacher I could have the students also turn in what they submitted to you and double check to make sure it is appropriate. Also, if their name does not appear on your website I will know one of two things: 1) they did not do the assignment at all or 2)they were not mature or thoughtful with the assignment.
    Thank you for responding. Hopefully you will be able to visit our school sometime in the future. In our health curriculum we teach SPEAK and have been doing it for a number of years now so every student in the building has read it. We have also implemented an all school author program and I am hoping to have Catalyst nominated for everyone to read. I think it would be a great way to pull everyone together and it would also mean that we would get to meet you!
    Thanks again.

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