Sunday, September 8, 2013

Peer Editing

After reading Paige's blog, it put into perspective for me how important peer editing can be. I like that she put in bits from her and Dr. Strange's email to show us that it is okay to give pointers on our C4C blog comments. I was also unsure if we were just suppose to comment in the positive or if we were suppose to give our compliments and our suggestions/corrections. It is true that we will be forever editing and correcting work in our career. It is important that we learn how to do that now. It is important to be positive in peer editing no matter what!!

The video What is Peer Editing? and the PowerPoint Peer Edit with Perfection Tutorial both focused on three main points in peer editing. These included compliments, suggestions, and corrections. When peer editing, I found out, it is important to always start with complimenting the persons paper. This thought never occurred to me before seeing these two resources. When I think of peer editing, I always just think of constructive criticisms on what I see that needs improvement. However, I can see now where compliments can be very important. If one of my peers was peer editing my paper, I would want to hear the goods along with the bads, that way I wouldn't get completely down about my paper. The other two focuses of peer editing are suggestions and corrections. Suggestions are just some ideas you have that could potentially make your peers paper flow better. Corrections are grammatical, punctuation, or sentence errors you stopped that your peer needs to change. Both this video and the PowerPoint are good resources to show students to help them better understand peer editing. They give good examples on ways to make suggestions and corrections, along with compliments, so that your classmate benefits from your peer editing, and does not get mad or discouraged from it.

The other video Writing Peer Review Top 10 Mistakes would be a good video to show especially to an elementary level class. It was made with children, so they would get a good idea about what not to do with peer editing. Some of these included being too picky, being mean about it, not caring enough, and being to vague with your comments. I think it is important for kids to learn how to peer edit correctly. It is a useful tool, and it gives them the chance to interact with one another and help each other out.

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The question was purposed, will your offer suggestions publicly or privately? I think that both would be helpful. If the corrections or suggestions are constructive, and could potentially be helpful to many, I think they should be done publicly. It doesn't mean that you are saying your classmates paper is bad if you have corrections or suggestions. You are saying that you have some idea that might help them make it better. However, if there are a lot of mistakes and your peer edit is long, or has a lot of corrections, then I think it would be better to email the majority of it to them.


  1. I liked how much you emphasized making the comments positive. I totally agree! I did notice you forgot an apostrophe at the beginning of the second paragraph in the word 'persons', and I think I caught a typo-- In the last paragraph, did you mean proposed in the first line? :) Your content is great! I agree with you about finding a balance between correcting people publicly and privately. Both are good in different situations!

  2. Hi Emma, I am in agreement about as future teachers, we will be editors. I also think that peer editing is a good way for the students to interact and help one another. I think the best part about your post was when you stated that compliments are important. I was also wondering if you were trying to say "posed" instead of purposed. The part about the "sentence errors you stopped," was a little confusing. And to answer your question, we are supposed to compliment, suggest and correct when doing our peer review.

  3. "Corrections are grammatical, punctuation, or sentence errors you stopped that your peer needs to change." Did you mean to say spotted instead of stopped?

    I also have the same question as Tracy, did you mean to say "posed" instead of "purposed"?

    When I first started EDM 310 I wasn't very well at peer editing for my C4C assignments. I worried too much about hurting the other student's feelings. This assignment helped me tremendously! I took into consideration the three main criteria of peer editing each time and I started to enjoy helping other students correct their mistakes.

    Good job this week! Thoughtful. It seems you have a better understanding of how to properly critique your classmates work.

  4. Hey Emma,
    I completely agree with you that we will forever be correcting and editing. Not just our peers and students, but also ourselves.

    You did a pretty decent job with your summaries, and I think you did a good job overall with the comprehension of the material. I also agree that both public and private peer editing are useful, depending on the circumstances.

    There were a lot of grammatical mistakes that I saw. Most of them have already been listed, but there are a few that haven't.

    "The question was purposed, will your offer suggestions publicly or privately?" Along with the "posed" instead of "purposed", I believe you meant "you" not "your".

    "the goods along with the bads." I don't think "good" and "bad" have a plural form in this context. "Goods" are commodities, and "bads" isn't a word.

    I also think that the second paragraph should be two or three paragraphs. I think it should be split at the end of the second sentence, and where the discussion about complements ends. Though, I could be wrong about the first split because that makes an incredibly short paragraph.

    Also, your sentences don't always flow like they could. They very first sentence is a little bit choppy and difficult to read. I have this problem a lot with my own writing. It will sound great when I first write it, but when I look back at it I realize it sounds choppy. The way I fix this problem is by reading it out loud when I'm reviewing my work. I find it to be very helpful, and suggest that everyone does it.

    Overall, you did a very good job with your summaries and comprehension. You just need a little work on editing your posts. If you need help, or aren't sure about something, you can always ask.

    Thomas Leytham