Friday, February 11, 2011

Let's Visit Our Blogging Buddies: Meet Mrs. Yollis' Class

Mrs. Yollis' class enjoys sharing and learning with other classes. This year, they are QUAD buddies with three other classes! 

These classes read about Quad blogging from Mr. Mitchell. The concept:  four blogging classes come together and learn about one another one week at a time. The alliance will help each class increase their readership while flattening their classroom walls and learning about the wonderful world we live in.

This week, let's meet Mrs. Yollis' third graders from California! We are a group of 11 girls and 12 boys!

We Blogging!

We Quality Comments!

Explore our blog archive and let us know if you have any questions!

Please leave us a quality comment. We'd love to comment back to you!


  1. Dear Mrs Yollis and students,

    You and your Quad buddies are just amazing.
    It so wonderful the great friendships you have formed. Not only that but how you are all learning together as one.
    I think this is just awesome.

    If you had to pick out one thing about your quad buddies that makes them so special what would it be.

    Your blogging buddy,

  2. @ AA,

    Thanks so much for your constant support! We ♥ you!

    I'd never heard of quad-blogging until... Mrs. Morris and Miss Jordan suggested it!

    The friendships that have been formed through blogging are simply amazing. I left a comment for Bianca on her Snowflake post! How cute is her mascot!

    You asked what makes my blogging buddies special. I would have to say their enthusiasm for trying new things. I love to experiment and then reflect on what was good and what didn't buddies like to do that too!

    Have a great day!

    Mrs. Y♥llis

  3. Dear Mrs Yollis' class,

    I'm so glad our Quad Blogging project has begun!

    I have just posted about your blog on the 2KM and 2KJ blog.

    I hope you get lots of visitors from the 2KM and 2KJ community. I have reminded them to let you know where they're from.

    I agree with you that we both like reflecting on what we're doing to try to improve it all the time. I think that's a good thing for teachers to do. I'm glad you love trying new things too.

    Here is a good saying "if you always do what you've always done, you'll always get what you always got!"

    Happy quad blogging!

    Your pal,
    Mrs Morris

  4. Dear Mrs Yollis,

    I am so glad we are doing this Quad Blogging project together. It is perfect for 2KJ and 2KM because we have just started school and it's a fabulous way for our students to meet you!

    Everyone in 2KJ and 2KM loved skyping with you on the last day of 2010 and it was a great way for you to begin a friendship with our new students.

    You and your students are blogging role models for us and I can't wait for our students to learn from you.

    I also hope Panda and Leo become good friends soon!

    Your blogging pal,
    Miss Jordan

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    @ Mrs. Morris,

    It is exciting to begin the new project! I agree that it is important to let people know where you are from. A big part of blogging is getting know your readers. If you don't know where they are from, it makes it more difficult.

    Yes, trying new ideas and thinking about what worked and what didn't is part of the process of growing and learning. Glad we all found each other!

    Happy blogging!

    Mrs. Y♥llis

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    @ Miss Jordan,

    I ♥ the idea too! I know that 2KJ & 2KM and Open the Door to B4 are just starting the school year. I thought it was the perfect time to share the videos we made this year. It was also fun because ALL of you are mentioned in our Blogging is Learning video!

    What a treat it was to Skype with all of you last year! It is hard to believe that your summer is almost over!

    Thanks for your kind words about us. We work very hard on our writing and try to consistently write quality comments. We're so happy that you notice our efforts!

    Your pal,

    Mrs. Y♥llis

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  7. Dear Mrs Yollis and Grade 3
    We are so thrilled to be quad-blogging with you and 2KM/2KJ and Mr Salsich's class.
    We have learned so much from you all already.

    One of the things I love about your blog are the handy teaching videos that you and the children make. We can see that your students really understand the message they are trying to get across to the viewers.

    We look forward to a lot more blogging together.

    Mrs M♔Kenzie

  8. Dear Mrs. Yollis,

    I have never done quad blogging before, but I bet I'll love it! What you learn from quad blogging, is getting to know other blogging classes.

    I am super excited to do the quad blogging with 2KM, 2KJ, Mr. Salsich's class, and B4.

    I just checked the 2KM and 2KJ blog, and I am so amazed with the comments that the second graders write! They are some very lucky students to be able to be in a wonderful class with Mrs. Morris and Miss Jordan.

    Adia ♔

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    @ Mrs M♔Kenzie,

    We are thrilled to be quad-blogging with all of you as well! It is going to be a fun learning experience!

    Thanks for your comment about our teaching videos. We enjoyed creating them and clarify our learning as we make them. Everyone wins!

    @ Adia ♔,

    I have never done quad-blogging before, but I bet I'll love it too! I'm glad that you already checked out the other classes. If you get a chance, try to leave a quality comment on one of their posts. Be sure to tell them you are from our class.

    Also, if you notice that we have had a visitor, feel free to comment back to them. Remember, it is our blog, and we are all hosts and hostesses of it!

    Thanks for a great comment!

    Mrs. Y♥llis

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  10. Dear Mrs Yollis and students,

    I'm from Leopold, Australia and am in Mrs Morris class.

    I really enjoyed watching the videos you made about blogging as I'm still learning how it all works.

    My Mum lived in America for a year when she was young and she showed me photos of her trip. I loved the photos of Disneyland and think you're very lucky to live near there as I really want to go.

    I am looking forward to learning more about where you live.

    From Jarrod (2KM)

  11. Dear Mrs Yollis and students,

    What a wonderful idea having Quad blogging buddies.

    Hope you all having a wonderful time learning from each other.

    Happy quad blogging everyone.

    From your blogging buddy down under,

  12. @ Jarrod, (from 2KM)

    Welcome to our blog! You and my student, Adia, are the first two students to comment on our Quad-Blogging project.

    I am so glad that you enjoyed our videos! What was one thing that you learned about commenting that you liked?

    Already, I like that you made a connection. You said that your mom lived in America for a year. I'm curious, where did your mom live for that year? What did she enjoy about her year here?

    Thanks for a super comment, Jarrod!

    Your new friends,
    Mrs. Y♥llis and class

  13. Hello Mrs. Yollis' class. I am new to blogging myself and am hoping to get the students at my school interested in blogging with me.

    The video you made and posted was terrific! I would like to show it to different classes so they can understand how to leave quality comments.

    I am the French teacher and just started working as the teacher librarian at my school in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. I really enjoy checking in on your blog and finding out about the interesting things you do.

    Do you have time at school to blog or do students leave comments when they are at home?

    Thanks again for the great information.

    Ms Irwin

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    @ Ms. Irwin,

    Thanks for a wonderful comment! So glad you are thinking of blogging with the students. I think it opens up the classroom and provides so many interesting learning opportunities.

    I'm glad you liked our video! Feel free to share it with your school.

    You asked if we have time at school to blog or do students leave comments when they are at home?

    The answer is both. We start our morning with reading a few new comments or checking out new posts. Throughout the day, students who finish their assignments can go to one of our two computers to leave comments. Every other week, we go to the computer lab. I encourage students to comment at least once from home during the week...many do.

    Occasionally, I will require that a comment be submitted as grammar practice homework. They will have a week to get that done. If a student doesn't have access to a computer, they can write a comment on a piece of paper.

    Good luck with your blogging and let us know if you need any help!

    Mrs. Y♥llis

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  15. Dear Mrs Yollis and Class

    What a great video about blogging; some really useful information and tips; nobody could doubt the value of student blogging once they've seen it!

    from Ms Breyley

  16. Dear Mrs Yollis,

    Thanks for replying back to me. I like the way you spell Mum (Mom) in America.

    I learnt that you need to say nice things to start with when commenting.

    My Mum lived in Ogallala, NE. She enjoyed the snow and getting to see lots of America and how different it is to live there than in Australia.

    From Jarrod

  17. Dear Mrs. Yollis and class,

    I am really looking forward to your Quad Blogging experience. I had read about this idea from Mr. Mitchell and couldn't wait to see blogs that I knew so well taking part in it. I think that it's going to be a wonderful experience to learn about all these classes so well. I'll be watching and learning from your experience so I can hopefully do this at some point in the future!

    Mr. Avery

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    @ Ms. Breyley,

    Thanks so much for your kind words about our videos! We certainly get a lot of value out of blogging and we hope others will join in soon!

    @ Jarrod,

    Wow! You are a super blogger! I like how the two of us have started a conversation here! :-)

    It's funny that you said how you like the way we say mom because I like the way you spell and say mum.

    You mentioned that your mom/mum lived in Nebraska for a year. Nebraska is one of the 50 states here in America and is located in the Great Plains region. It is a big farming and ranching state. Did you mom live with friends or family there? Did she live on a farm in Nebraska?

    Your pal,
    Mrs. Y♥llis

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  19. Dear Mrs Yollis,

    I like how you write your name, I wish I knew how to put things in mine.

    No my Mum did not live on a farm but she lived in a house with a basement. She stayed with a host family.

    I was wondering have you ever been to Disneyland, if so what was your favorite ride?

    From Jarrod :)

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    @ Jarrod,

    Thanks so much for your compliment about the way I sign my name, Mrs. Y♥llis. I make the ♥ by using a special kind of code called HTML code. If you look at the top of our blog, there is a page link called Learn HTML Code. At the bottom of that page, you will find the code to make all kinds of shapes! 2KM/2KJ has an HTML code link as well! Maybe you can add a little something special to your signature!

    It sounds like your mom was an exchange student. Many houses in the midwest and east have basements. Homes in California generally do not.

    Yes, I have been to Disneyland many times. I used to go when I was a little girl, and I have also gone with my little niece and nephew. My favorite ride is Space Mountain. I like it because it goes so fast! Usually that is not my thing, but that ride is so much fun!

    Do you think you might be an exchange student when you grow up? What would be the pros and cons?

    Your pal,
    Mrs. Y♥llis

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  21. Dear Mrs Yollis and class,

    Hi, my name is Millie and I am in 2KM.

    I like learning about blogging and I think the Quad Blogging sounds like fun.

    At our school, our specialist subjects are Art, Sport, Music, Indonesian and I.T. What are your specialist subjects?

    From Millie (2KM)

  22. Dear Mrs. Yollis,
    I hope we can skype with your class. When I grow up I want to be a teacher, what is it like teaching in America???
    From Mia

  23. @ Mr. Avery,

    That's wonderful that you are looking forward to quad blogging because we are also looking forward to do it too.

    I like having more classes involved because you learn more about different students.

    Do you have any facts you could share about Massachusetts?

    Kristen and Nicole (in Mrs.Yollis' class)

  24. @ Mia,

    Thank you for leaving a wonderful comment!

    We think that it is cool that you would like to be a teacher, when you grow up. Hannah might want to be a teacher when she grows up. We would also want to Skype with your class!

    We asked Mrs. Yollis how she likes teaching. She said that teaching today is very different from when she started in the 1980s. Using technology is now a great tool for teaching, Mrs. Yollis says.

    Hannah and Iman

  25. Dear Ms. Irwin,

    This is Adia from Mrs. Yollis' class.

    Thank you for your comment!

    I noticed that you wrote that you are a French teacher. Our music teacher, Mr. B, is French!

    To answer your question: Yes, we do blog at school, but mostly at home. We have more time at our own houses. I usually leave comments at home, but at this time I am leaving one in our school computer lab.

    I'm curious, do you have your own blog?

    Your new blogging buddy,
    (Mrs. Yollis' student)

  26. Dear Mrs Yollis,

    Thank you for the information on how to put things in my name I'm going to give it a try.

    The best bit of being an exchange student in America would be going to Disneyland. The bad bits would be missing my family.

    From Jarrod

  27. Dear Grade 3
    We really like your video because you talked about New Zealand.

    from Liam and Matthew

  28. Dear Mrs Yollis and class,

    Hi my name is Leo and I am in 2KM and 2KJ. I am helping my classmates learn about leaving comments on your blog today.

    I really like chocolate and I sleep a lot. I love to visit your blog when I am awake.

    Your students are fabulous at writing blog comments and they help us learn how to write quality blog comments too.

    I was wondering if Panda and I have anything in common. Does Panda like chocolate and sleeping too? What activities does Panda enjoy?

    From Leo

  29. Dear Mrs Yollis and class,

    Hi our names are Connor and Millie

    You have a great blog.

    What does Panda like playing?

    what does Panda like to eat?

    Your class are great workers.

    From your bloggng buddies,
    Connor and Millie

  30. Dear Mrs Yollis,

    This is Quinn and Harry. We are in 2KM and 2KJ. Our favorite sports are football and soccer. What is your favorite fruit?

    From Quinn and Harry

  31. Dear Mrs Yollis,

    How is Panda going?

    Does he sleep like Leo?

    What does Panda like doing?

    From Flynn & Keira (2KJ)

  32. Dear Mrs yollis,

    Hi our names are Ella and Alana.
    We are in 2KM.

    We enjoy activities like P.E, R.E., Art and Music.

    I (Ella) am going to America and I hope to visit you.

    from Alana and Ella 2KM

  33. Dear Mrs Yollis,

    Have you been on a parachute?

    Do you play AFL football in America?

    We are from 2KM.

    From Jarrod & Mikayla.

  34. Dear Mrs Yollis,

    Hi, we are Jacob and Charlotte.
    We are in 2KJ at L.P.S.

    How old is Panda?

    From Jacob and Charlotte

  35. Dear Mrs Yollis,

    Hi our names are Haille and
    Jordi we are in 2KJ and 2KM.

    We hope we have fun blogging with you this year.

    What is your favourite foods? :)

    Our favourites are fruit, vegetables, ice cream cake and salads.

    You and your class are nice.

    From Haille and Jordi. :)

  36. Dear Miss Yolis,

    How many kids have you got in your classroom?

    We have 42 people in our classroom.

    Love kayla and georgia.♥ 2KJ

  37. Dear Miss Yollis ,

    We are in 2KJ.
    Our favourite foods are ice cream and chocolate.

    Have a good year!

    From Bodhi and Anthony

  38. Dear Mrs Yollis,

    My name is Bradley and Lee we are in 2KM.

    We like your blog very very much!

    What does Pander like doing?

    Form Bradley and Lee

  39. Dear Mrs Yollis and class,

    We are in 2KM and 2KJ.

    How is panda going?

    We like your Valentines video

    From Ebony and Hannah

  40. Dear Mrs Yollis,

    Hi our names are Connor and Molly we are in 2KJ.

    What does Panda like to do in free time?

    From your blogging buddies,
    2KM and 2KJ

  41. Dear Mrs Yollis and class,

    Our names are Zac and Mia,
    we are in 2KM.
    What are your specialist subjects? We do art, music, sport and I.T.

    From Zac and Mia

  42. Dear MRS Yolis,

    my name is Amelie

    I am in 2KM I am exited about meeting every body in your class.

    I am looking forward to blogging with you.

    From Amelie

  43. @ Liam, Matthew, Connor, and Millie,

    Thank you for the wonderful comment on our blog!

    We think that you are great at doing comments.

    To answer your questions:

    Panda likes to play with Mrs. Yollis' class on the world wide web.

    Panda also loves to eat bamboo, fresh out of the ground!

    Iman and Nick

  44. @ Quinn, Harry, Flynn, and Keira,

    This is Hannah and Adia from Mrs. Yollis' class.

    Thank you for your fantastic comment!

    Both of us love playing soccer and love watching football. We enjoyed watching the Super Bowl, but were sad that the Green Bay Packers won, and the Pittsburg Steelers lost! Who were you rooting for?

    Flynn and Keira, Panda is doing great! Thanks for asking. How is Leo doing?

    Quinn and Harry, both of our favorite fruit is watermelon. What about yours?

    Panda loves eating bamboo. He can eat about 84 pounds of bamboo or 35 kg a day!

    We hope you can leave a quality comment again!

    Your new blogging buddies,
    Hannah and Adia
    (Mrs. Yollis' class)

  45. Iman Adia and HannahFebruary 16, 2011 at 9:58 AM

    @ Ella, Alana, Jarrod, and Mikayla,

    This is Hannah, Iman, and Adia from Mrs. Yollis' class.

    Thank you for your comments!

    Ella and Alana, both of us enjoy P.E. like you do, but we have no clue what R.E. means so we don't know if we like it or not. What is R.E.?

    Ella, you are coming to America? When? Will you be in Los Angeles?
    For how many days?

    Jarrod & Mikayla,

    I have never been on a parachute, but someday I know that when I am older I will do it as many times as I can!

    Also, here in America we do not play AFL, we have something a little different called the NFL which stands for National Football League. What does AFL stand for?

    Have you been on a parachute? Do you play any sports?

    Hannah, Iman, and Adia

  46. @ Jacob and Charlotte,

    Thanks for commenting! You asked how old Panda is. He is 24 years old! Pandas in the wild usually live 14 to 20 years, but pet pandas live 14 to 30 years. Our Panda will live forever! :-)

    @Haille and Jordi,

    You are great commenter! We are having a great time blogging this year!

    You asked about our favorite foods. Our favorite foods are chicken nuggets and French fries! We also like fruit like strawberries, watermelon, and cantaloupe.


    Grace and Kristen ♥

  47. Iman, Nick, and AmitaiFebruary 16, 2011 at 10:14 AM

    @ Kayla and Georgia,

    This is Nick, Amitai, and Iman from Mrs. Yollis' class.

    We have 23 kids in Mrs. Yollis' class (3rd grade). We think it is awesome that you have 42 kids in your class! Your room must be huge! How long is your classroom? Is it because you are with 2KM and 2KJ now? Last year it was two separate classes.

    Georgia, one of the fifty states has your name, as well as you have its name!

    @ Bodhi and Anthony,

    Our favorite food is Chinese restaurants! Like for example Panda Express and Red Dragon. Do you have those in Australia?

    We hope you have a great year also!

    Iman, Nick, and Amitai

  48. @ Ameile,

    Thank you for the wonderful comment on our blog!

    I am sure that Mrs. Yollis' class and I are excited to meet you too. I really hope later in the year, we will interact with you as many times as last year!

    How long do you think it will take to do some interacting?


  49. @ Ebony and Hannah

    Thank you for leaving a comment! My name is Hannah also, and as you can see I spell it the same way you do!

    I am glad you liked our Valentine's Day video. We worked very hard on it!

    Panda is doing great! He is always giving advice, and teaching our class new things. For example, only use one exclamation mark. You might have recognized that from the quality commenting video.

    Your new blogging buddy,
    (Mrs. Yollis' class)

  50. Dear Mrs Yollis and class,

    I was wondering what Panda does after school.

    I think we are having a conversation now.

    from Amelie

  51. Dear mrs. Yolliss class,

    i am going to go to Amereca.

    i think i might go for 5 weeks

    yes i am going to stay in Calafornia.

    R.E is when you learn about god.

  52. @ Leo,

    Thank you for your quality comment. This is Panda, and I know a lot about writing quality comments. Check out our quality comment video, I give my best tips there! For instance, only use one exclamation mark. If you are really excited, use more words...not more exclamation marks! (Remember that line?) You, Leo, did not seem to be asleep when you wrote your comment! It's Panda-rrific!

    We do have something in common. I love to eat bamboo dipped in chocolate! My favorite is Kinder chocolate. I got some recently from our guest blogger, Nonno! I sleep occasionally, but am needed quite often for videos and quality this one here.

    Leo, do you have a special kind of chocolate that you prefer?

    You asked what activities I enjoy. Of course, blogging is at the top of the list. I also enjoy pole vaulting. I use the tall bamboo shoots for vaulting. Unfortunately, I have to run quite a distance to vault...and that gets tiring...which makes me hungry...and I end up having to eat the pole before I vault. Vaulting is a summer sport here in the United States.

    I have some questions for you:

    Where do you sleep at night?
    Besides chocolate, what else do you eat?
    How old are you? Do you have any blogging tips for me?

    (Mrs. Yollis' mascot)

  53. @ Panda,

    Thank you for writing back to me. You are a fabulous commenter!

    Everyone in 2KM and 2KJ loved reading about your pole vaulting adventures. We couldn't stop laughing when you said you sometimes eat your bamboo pole! We weren't sure what pole vaulting was before we read your comment so we had to watch a video on You Tube.

    My favourite type of chocolate is Cadbury Caramello. It is delicious!

    Some other foods I like are honey on toast and fruit salad with yoghurt. I also really like milkshakes especially chocolate ones!

    I love to sleep under Miss Jordan's or Mrs Morris's desk at night. It is very cosy and warm.

    I am seven years old and my birthday is on April 7th.

    My number one blogging tip at the momemt is always read over your writing and don't forget capital letters and full stops!

    Hope to hear from you soon.

    Your blogging pal,

  54. Dear Kristen and Nicole,

    I have lots of wonderful facts about Massachusetts! We have such a rich history. The town that I teach in is right next door to the town of Plymouth. You may have heard about Plymouth Rock. You probably learn about it around Thanksgiving time. It's the place where the Pilgrims landed. It looks much different than you would imagine it would! You would think it would be a giant rock but it's actually pretty small! :)

    I'll come back and share some more facts about Massachusetts soon!

    Your blogging buddy,
    Mr. Avery

  55. Dear Mrs. Yollis' class,

    We really like your videos! We liked how you reminded us about puncuation and capitalization in our comments and posts. Your video about how to write a comment helped us write this comment to you! Thank you for teaching other kids (like us!) about blogging!

    Jacob, Karrie, and Chris

  56. Dear Mrs. Yollis' Class,

    We liked your videos very much. They gave us a lot of information about blogging. We learned to only use one exclamation point and add more words to show excitement. We will be sure to proofread our comments and posts before we publish!

    Thank you for your hardwork!

    Your Friends,
    Deana, David, Tyler, Layne, and Ashlyn

  57. Dear Mrs. Yollis' Class,

    We really like your videos about blogging. We are learning how to blog! Your videos are helping us. Do you think you will blog in fourth grade?

    Gabi, Savannah, Kayla, Isaac, Bailey, and Rylee

  58. Dear Mrs. Yollis' Class,

    We are learning to blog. We watched your videos about blogging and commenting. It was much more fun to watch your videos than to have our teacher just tell us about blogging. Do you also blog at home?

    Blake, AJ, Danielle, Lillian, and Kaitlyn

  59. Dear Mrs. Yollis' Class,

    Your videos are very informational. You taught us a lot about blogging. We learned to only put one exclamation mark at the end of an exciting sentence. It looks like your class worked very hard on the two videos because they were so good!

    Kyle, David, and Graham


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