How Can I Provide Meaningful Feedback To My Peers?
Part of my assignment this week was to read Paige Ellis's Blog Assignment #12 . Ellis's post focuses on doing adequate peer reviewing. She admits that constructive criticism is difficult and unappreciated. Communication is complicated to master also. In her post, she portrays the struggle of communication by showing us an email conversation that happened between her and Dr. Strange. Ellis wanted to know if she should publicly announce her fellow student's mistake, and Dr. Strange proposed that aspiring teachers have to practice criticizing students whether it's private or publicly in order to provoke learning . He also added that we should practice both approaches. Ellis learned from his advice and was able to peer review her fellow students.
The video Writing Peer Review Top 10 Mistakes was indeed humorous. I can remember the actions of those children being reenacted in my English 101 class. This is a cute, funny video animated the mistakes made during peer review. We shouldn't be general, cruel, pushy, or sensitive during peer review.
Our fellow students depend on us to catch mistakes that they may overlook. It is easy to forget a comma just as it is easy to make an incorrect subject/verb agreement. If students allow themselves to have bad peer review habits then they won't recognize a bad peer review when they receive one.
What is peer review? According to the video What is Peer Review? Peer review involves evaluating and editing the work of someone else that is your age group. During the process, the editor should give compliments before handing out suggestions to improve the peer's work/writing. Word choice, grammar, organization, sentence fluency, topic, and correct punctuation and spelling make a difference in one's work.
I learned the same thing in the slideshow Peer Edit with Perfection . Compliments, suggestions, and corrections are key! The lesson I learned from that slide show is that I will encounter paragraphs as horrible as one that appear on both slides 8 and 12.
I want to teach high school English, so this particular assignment is very vital to my future career. I have to be patient if a student turns in a poorly written paper because that student might not have received proper training. My students in no time can be charismatic writers if they learn to maturely handle peer review.
Always remember how it feels to be critiqued. As an aspiring author, I like being critiqued. When I get published one day people will do it anyway, so I have to be prepared for it whether I want to hear it or not. Everybody should prepare for constructive or harsh criticism because it'll come whether you want it to or not.