From watching the videos What is Peer Editing? and Writing Peer Reviews Top 10 Mistakes, and viewing the slideshow: Peer Edit with Perfection Tutorial I have learned several things about peer editing. In the slideshow and in the video, “What is Peer Editing,” they both pointed out that there are three steps: compliments, suggestions, and corrections. All three of these steps are important when trying to help a peer out. It is also important to stay positive and encourage your peer to do better and fix their mistakes. The humorous video that described different characteristics of peer editors had one example named “Pushy Paula”. This character stood out to me because it is a common problem when it comes to peer editing. It’s hard to help others when each of you think you are correct. It is important to make suggestions instead of demanding a person make changes to their work. Helping people can be frustrating because you both believe you are correct, but in reality one of you are wrong. We must always consider other people's advice and get other opinions before making a final decision. In the first video, it describes what peer editing is by stating "working with someone your own age to help revise and edit his or her writing”. Note the phrase "working with someone". Peer editing can be a group effort, including the author. This way everyone is working together in order to help out an individual peer.
Getting help from others is important. It helps the both of you to learn from your mistakes and get advice on how to fix things and improve your work. I think to a certain extent it is better to correct your peers publicly, this is the way I have chosen when helping my peers. This way, other students can look at your advice and it could maybe help them improve also. If you happen to be wrong, others will be able to give their opinions as well if you keep it out in the public. When doing it privately, you are only helping that one peer. When being put in the position of being the teacher and having to correct your student, I think it depends on the student. Some students get very discouraged and embarrassed when being told they have made mistakes. As a teacher you are just adding to their embarrassment by announcing in front of a class they have done something wrong. Considering the points listed in the video (compliments, suggestions, and corrections) is very important. Having a positive attitude while following these steps will help the process to go even better.