How Can You Provide Meaningful Feedback to Your Peers?
Complementing on someones work is not only a common courtesy, but it shows him or her that there are not only some things they have to work on, but that there are a lot of positives in their work. Most complements and corrections may be made through suggestions. I can suggest that I like (or dislike) their word choice, or details. I also ask myself if their work sticks to the main idea, if they have run-on sentences, or if their organization (flow) needs some work.
When editing someone it is important to remember that this is constructive criticism, and that our goal is to better each other! We can better each other by correcting punctuation, grammar, or spelling when it is noticed. To be a good peer editor, do not be picky, harsh, or general. It is also important to receive criticism well in return. When someone is offering constructive criticism, do not ignore it, and try not to be offended because we are all in this together!
My C4C assignment was to comment on, and edit Amanda Weller's most recent blog post on Flipping the Classroom. My positive feedback went as follows:
"Hey! I really liked your post on Flipping the Classroom. I agree that this style of teaching will "allow more creativity and students to get a more hands on experience with technology." I also liked the picture illustrating how the classroom instruction will be inverted from "lecture today" to "activity today." My only discretion would be that after reading it, I wanted to know more about how Flipping the Classroom actually works, but it is awesome that your blog makes me want to do so! Also, I think the apostrophe "s" in "teacher's" is out of place, but other than that, great post!"