How Can You Provide Meaningful Feedback to Your Peers?
In this week’s blog journey I learned the fundamentals of peer editing. I believe in the power of peer editing and constructive criticism. I think any critique or edit , when executed tastefully is beneficial to anyone’s work. A lot of times people cringe at the thought of being critiqued or even feel uncomfortable critiquing someone else’s work. I can relate to both of those feelings, but when you know the fundamental steps of peer editing it makes it easier for everyone.
The Fundamentals of Peer Editing
In the slideshow Peer Edit With Perfection Tutorial and the video What is Peer Editing? I learned the proper ways of critiquing a peer’s paper.The definition of peer editing is to work
with someone your own age to help improve,revise, and edit his or her writing.The golden rule is to always stay positive whenever editing someone else’s work.The video and slideshow both included the three basic steps of editing. The first step is to start with compliments about the person’s work. For example, telling them you liked the topic or how you liked all the great details they used. The next step is to make suggestions on how they could improve their article. A few areas to make suggestions on, are word choice and organization. The final step in the editing process is to make corrections involving punctuation,spelling, and grammar errors. The video and slideshow were very informative and useful. They both gave a break down of the editing process. The new information I learned will benefit me as a student now and when I become a teacher later on.
The video, Writing Peer Review Top 10 Mistakes, was really entertaining! The students in the video did a wonderful job of showing
how not to edit a peer’s paper. The students explained these mistakes:Speedy Sandy, Jean the Generalizer, Social Sammy, Off-task Oliver, Pushy Paula, Mean Margaret, Defensive Dave,Whatever William, Picky Patty,and Loud Larry. Off-task Oliver was my favorite. You can’t be a Off-task Oliver and not provide valuable criticism to your peer’s work. When editing a peer’s work you have to focus and follow the steps of the editing process. There are many ways to give positive and valuable critiques to someone Else's work. Remember the golden rule of editing is to always be positive whenever critiquing some one's paper!
Peer Editing: Public vs. Private
As for the peer editing for my group, I chose to edit in the privacy of Google docs. Google docs was
great to use because the comments and suggestions were made in the same place where everyone’s work was stored. This made the editing process that much easier because the corrections could be fixed before they were posted to their blog. I would also make suggestions publicly on a peer’s blog if there were no real mistakes. I used the public method when I commented for my C4C this week, because there were hardly any mistakes. Either way it is always good to help improve someone else’s writing, so that it can be the best it can be!