After reading and watching the assigned materials, I learned that when writing a peer review you should always stay positive. The video by Tim Bedley’s elementary class shows a very cute dramatization of the top 10 mistakes made when peer reviewing.In this video they show characters such as Defensive Dave and Mean Margaret. Defensive Dave takes his peer review to personally and has his feelings hurt.Mean Margaret is too harsh in her peer review and does not review her peers appropriately. This video would make an excellent tool when explaining to students how to properly review their peers work.
The assigned materials taught me that to give a proper peer review you should always start with complimenting what the writer did correctly or very well. Giving compliments let the writer know that you did enjoy their paper. So when you do start giving suggestions and corrections they know you are just being helpful. The next step to a proper peer review is giving suggestions. Some examples of suggestions given in the slide show were offering a different word choice, using details, or helping organize the paper. The third and final step to a peer review is the corrections. Corrections can be given to correct spelling mistakes, grammar mistakes, missing punctuation, or to correct incomplete or run-on sentences.
When giving corrections you do not want to be like the character Picky Patty, meaning you do not want to point out small insignificant errors such as the thickness of an underlined word or the space between the words in the title. This would come off to the writer as rude and cause them to experience a bad peer review. Peer reviewing is a tough job, it is important to have the balance of giving corrections but doing so in a way that will not hurt the feeling of the person whose work you are reviewing.
When leaving a peer review for my group members if the review would embarrass my group member I e-mailed it to them, but with just minor mistakes or sentence structure I will leave the comments on their blog. Constructive criticism should be kept positive and not said in an ugly way, and I would hope my classmates would be okay with me trying to help improve their blog post.