Saturday, February 1, 2014

Blog Assignment #3

      After reading Paige Ellis' blog post assignment about peer editing, I realize that peer editing is not something I should get cold feet about. I'm always afraid that I might come across in a negative light without realizing it, or that someone might interpret what I have to say in the wrong way, which is never what I intend at all! By using some of the steps mentioned in the "What is Peer Editing" video and "Peer Edit with Perfection" tutorial, you can easily avoid these issues. I've listed below the three steps mentioned in these articles which can make this process as pain free as possible.
Keep Calm and Stay PositiveThree Steps to Remember:
1. Stay Positive (Make Compliments)
2. Make Suggestions (Be Specific!)
3. Corrections
     One of the easiest ways to go about critiquing your peer's work is to first start out with all of the positives! Find a few elements in their writing that you really enjoyed reading or hit home with. Let them know which particular content stands out to you in a positive way. By starting out your critique with a good attitude, your peers will be more accepting of what you have to say, and this will help them realize that you are not coming from a negative place with your suggestions.
     Next, make suggestions and corrections that could help improve their writing. A few of the things you can focus on are spelling and grammar, word choice and details, organization and structure, and whether or not the content applies to the topic at hand. The important thing to remember is to be specific about what needs to be corrected. However, when doing this, it's also important to keep in mind which things you should suggest publicly or privately. Paige was kind enough to share her email interaction with Dr. Strange about this particular issue when she was confused about how to approach the situation with one of her own classmates. Whether or not to correct someone publicly or privately is a decision we will all have to face as teachers someday, and it's important for us to have experience in deciding which way is the most appropriate for the given situation. The last thing you want to do when trying to help a fellow student or a student of your own is to make them feel embarrassed! This could lead to them feeling closed off, and not wanting to approach you for help in the future. One of the last things to remember from the videos discussed this week is not to be a "Mean Margaret", a "Picky Patty" or even worse a "Whatever William". You can see what I mean by watching Tim Bedley's video below!

   It is our job as future educators to be able to critique our students' work, and give them guidance about how to better their writing capabilities without embarrassing them or hurting their feelings. We have to know how to approach these situations, and what better way to practice than to work with our own peers to help each other improve the quality of our own writing! The more practice you have with giving good peer reviews, the easier and more natural it becomes. The last thing to remember is giving good peer reviews not only involves critiquing other people's work, but also includes becoming a good listener to be able to use other people's suggestions as a way to improve your own writing. It's not a one way street! By being open to what others have to say, it will only help you improve yourself. 

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