Thursday, April 21, 2016

Peer Commenters

I had an epiphany today.

I’ve been commenting like the wind lately, giving feedback on my students’ writing. I’ve been saying academic, but somewhat cryptic things like “cap…”, which means they have a capitalization error. Or “verb tense”, or “proper noun”, etc.

They are finally mature and independent enough that we can do more independent writing time, with more and more feedback given.
Also, several of my students are ready to be peer commenters. They are proficient enough that I would trust their comments (at least enough to risk it at this point).

Today, we came up with a list of comments that I’ve been giving them, others that I could give them, and what they mean. We were also intending for the Peer Commenters to use these same comments.
I knew we had to be structured like this because I wanted to avoid meaningless wastes to time like “this is cool” or “good job” or especially “this duznt mak sens” or even more disrespectful things.
I want the comments to be worth our time, helpful to the original author, and a good example of digital citizenship.

I have extremely high hopes for this structure, and how it will help my students’ writing. I just wish I had been able to start this months ago!

I’m sure these documents will be dynamic, as this becomes more and more a part of how we function as a class…

Here is my list of Peer Commenters:

Here is my Comments Key:

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