Peer review is a very important aspect of any course. It provides each student the ability to learn by having their work critiqued by one of their classmates. The student doing the critiquing is also learning the proper methods of grading. In the video, What is Peer Editing?, three methods are detailed that outline the most effective way to critique a classmate's work. The video states that you first Compliment the good things about the work, then you make Suggestions about ways in which it can be improved, and finally, Correction of possible grammatical and spelling errors. Peer Edit with Perfection also lists these same three methods as the proper system of peer review. The major takeaway from both of these resources is maintaining a positive demeanor while reviewing a work. It is much easier to have your assignment corrected by someone who is being complimentary of the good parts of the work, rather than only focusing on the negative aspects.
I found the video Writing Peer Review Top 10 Mistakes to be not only somewhat educational on the subject, but also entertaining. The kids did an excellent job of displaying common problems that can be found during the peer review process. They show the different attitudes of individuals that can be negative during a peer review. I thought back to my own experiences during high school and can remember having to work with a "Whatever William" and even a "Social Sammy". "Social Sammy's" are the worst!