I often read comments on here that I really like but I don't really have anything to add in reply...so I just move on to the next comment...but sometimes I'd love to just give some sort of sign that I read the person's comment and 'liked' it, or was 'in agreement' with it, or I 'support' them...
Without suggesting this should become like facebook (with a 'like' option) I just thought I'd mention it to you in case you thought of some option to leave a mark (like a 'thumbs up'?) on someone's post...or indeed just to see if you or anyone else felt the same? Of course it also may not be possible to have an option like that--I just thought I'd mention it!
Such a great forum Adam and there seems to be plenty of action on it--well done and thank you!
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Una and Dani, I appreciate your feedback. I considered this early on, and though I do see the merits of such a feature, my fear is that this would become a significant distraction to the intent of the forum: a "safe space," without judgment, for sharing ideas and information.
It may be just my own insecurities speaking, but judgment seems inherent in the fact that one post is "liked" (or some other variation of approval) and another post is not. I'd really prefer for us not to start worrying about how many "likes" our posts are getting. I think such negative side effects could loom larger than the merits mentioned.
But I'm open to being persuaded. There may be a way to handle this effectively that I haven't yet considered.
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Hi Adam I completely understand where you are coming from and that had occurred to me too...it's a little sad (but nonetheless true) that sometimes when we are unsure of ourselves a lack of 'likes' can have an effect! Let me stew on it too and I will let you know if I come up with any other way of doing it...
Mayken: My daughter's ml homework for this week included baking a cake - there's a cake in the story they read, and after each chapter there are questions and tasks, and the current chapter has the step-by-step recipe. She's to bring the cake to school too.
May 1, 2018 23:48:48 GMT 9
Amy: What a nice original homework! Makes such a change from standard homework, and I wouldn't be surprised if kids remember more from it! I like your bilingual school Mayken! Lucky little girl, and lucky Mummy!
May 2, 2018 0:00:43 GMT 9
Mayken: ml cake homework update: About half the class brought cake (8 out of 15), not all of them were the cake from the book recipe, but my daughter's was the most popular. (Maybe because we added food colouring and topped it with chocolate icing and smarties?)
May 4, 2018 5:58:10 GMT 9
Adam Beck: Cake is definitely my favorite kind of homework!
May 4, 2018 11:28:51 GMT 9
Jana: One of the best parts of having kids in bilingual school was getting Mother's Day cards in two languages! (With less-than-perfect spelling in both!) Ha!
May 15, 2018 9:16:08 GMT 9
Amy: (Twice) Lucky you Jana! So nice to read exciting pieces of news like yours!
May 16, 2018 5:46:25 GMT 9
Mayken: I still have that to look forward to, Jana! Mother's Day in our ML country is two weeks later, and the ml teacher goes along with that date. (It was last Sunday in our ml country.)
May 16, 2018 5:58:11 GMT 9