Sunday, September 7, 2014

Blog Post #3

How Can You Provide Meaningful Feedback to Your Peers?

picture of Yoda encouraging to check yourself

     After watching the What is Peer Editing video, I learned that peer editing is "working with someone your own age to improve, revise, and edit his or her writing".  I think the most important part to take away from that definition is "to improve" the writing.  In no way is peer editing supposed to hinder the writing or make the writer feel bad about his or her labors. In fact, the video stresses that compliments are a very important step in the peer editing process and it is important to stay positive. Complimenting and pointing out what a person has done well seems to make them more likely to listen to what you are about to suggest for them to correct.  This is true in other situations besides peer editing, and helps in those scenarios too!
     The Peer Edit with Perfection Tutorial  slideshow really stuck the three rules of peer editing into my head. The steps are:
                1. Compliments
                2. Suggestions
                3. Corrections
encouraging message to be positive using a smiley faceI talked about complimenting in the above paragraph, so now I will discuss suggestions and corrections.  Both can easily be taken as insults by the writer, so it is best to remember to stay positive! I really liked how the tutorial says to make suggestions on word choice, using details, organization, sentences, and topic.  The tutorial also reminds me to be specific when making suggestions.  I should never post something like "Your word choice is nice".  Instead, I should say something along the lines of "Your use of the words exceptional and egotistical really impressed me and gave me a sense of your feelings on the matter".  The last step in the peer editing process is to make corrections.  These corrections may involve grammar mistakes, improper punctuation, and incorrect spelling.  Again, always remember to be positive and helpful to your peer!
     I loved, loved, loved Writing Peer Review (Peer Critique) TOP 10 Mistakes.  The students in this video obviously have some very hands on experience with peer editing and the dos and don'ts.  I particularly enjoyed the section about Whatever William.  This shows how both students should participate in peer reviews, it is not just about the reviewer, but the one being reviewed must be responsive to feedback given.  Feedback is only meaningful if you take something away from it.  The reviewer must work to be positive and helpful, making the feedback meaningful for the writer.  At the same time, the one being reviewed must be open the the feedback and want it to help them-that makes the feedback meaningful for them.  

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