How Not to Conduct a Peer Review

Any student who’s ever had an essay or research paper reviewed by a classmate knows that the peer review session will be a complete hit or miss. You’ll either get great feedback from a fellow engaged classmate who provides extremely helpful advice for improving your essay, or you’ll get stuck with the spaced-out bro who doesn’t even remember what class he’s in, let alone that there was an essay due that day.

Luckily, a bunch of 4th- and 5th-graders in Tim Bedley’s class have created a hilarious what-not-to-do video on conducting peer reviews for students that needing to brush up on their critiquing skills. The kids act out the top 10 mistakes students make in peer reviews, portraying characters we’ve all encountered in peer review sessions, such as “Picky Patty,” “Off-topic Oliver,” “Loud Larry,” and “Pushy Paula.”

This video was made by elementary school students, but college and grad school students will appreciate it, as the annoyingly familiar critiques we’re used to hearing in peer reviews sound even funnier and more ridiculous coming out of the mouths of 10-year-olds.

Teachers, check out Tim Bedley’s Youtube Education Channel for more great video resources.

Watch the video, embedded below, and share your own peer review horror stories with us in the comments section or with me via email at cdoyle@technapex.com.

Caity Doyle

Caity is a former English teacher and the editor of Technapex. Caity is extremely passionate about education and is TriplePoint PR's resident edtech expert. When not researching education policy and edtech, she enjoys running along the Bay Trail while blaring the Boss through her headphones, watching the Giants beat the Dodgers, and meeting fellow Italians in North Beach.

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About Caity Doyle

Caity is a former English teacher and the editor of Technapex. Caity is extremely passionate about education and is TriplePoint PR's resident edtech expert. When not researching education policy and edtech, she enjoys running along the Bay Trail while blaring the Boss through her headphones, watching the Giants beat the Dodgers, and meeting fellow Italians in North Beach.