I don't know about you, but I struggle sometimes with receiving feedback. Maybe it's that feeling of being judged, or perhaps it's the whole "peer" thing, but in the past I have experienced true fear when expected to peer review. How do I handle the non-worker? What do I do if someone says something I don't understand? Will they like and appreciate my work? Are they judging me? Am I as good as they are? Sadly, these questions and many more have plagued me over the years.
Consequently, I have also questioned my ability to review others. Who am I to evaluate my peers? Do I even know what I'm talking about? Oh, and my personal favorite (and biggest nemesis), Why would they listen to me? As I watched classes collaborate with peers on Tuesday, I noticed something really astounding - you guys worked at a very high level, meticulously scrutinizing your peers' papers with the confidence of a professional teacher. As my pastor, Bro. Ricky, would say, "Wow!" Of your own volition, you successfully reviewed your peers' papers with authority and professionalism. Walking around the room, I no longer saw you as students fraught with "collaboration fear" but watched you evolve into reflective writers. That's simply amazing.
Speaking of reflection, I wonder - how do you view the peer review sessions? What do you think your role is in peer evaluation? Additionally, what do you think about embedding social media and technology into our workshop? Are there ways I could make this process more effective?
As always, please comment. I love hearing what you have to say!
Kimberly Barrett, NBCT, Bachelor of Arts of English, Murray State University, 1996, Master's Degree in English, MSU, 2004
Blessed to teach since 1996, I spend my days doing exactly what I've always wanted to do . . . TEACH. I'm married to the sweetest man alive, Tim, and we have two beautiful babies, Marlee Rose and Beau Wilson.