Peer Editing is not just about working collaboratively, but is a vital part of any effective writer's workshop. Once student and teacher really understand how to implement it well, it can become an invaluable tool!
Writing is obviously an important part of this process; however when a student engages in revising and editing, real growth begins. This is one of the toughest challenges for kids and requires patience and fortitude.
When you ask your students to do peer review in composition, do they stare at you with a blank expression? Here are five specific, pragmatic approaches to peer conferencing that students can really understand.
Here's an example of a clear and effective peer editing form. Obviously, there are many types you can use, but this one can serve as a good introduction for teachers who are not comfortable making their own or simply want examples.
Working in groups or pairs can be a recipe for disaster for many students and extremely frustrating for teachers. Establishing reasonable guidelines for kids and setting important ground rules will help create a classroom environment to allows peer editing to succeed.
How can we give students a fresh perspective on editing? There are two "featured resources" links here that are excellent--the first will take you to a Powerpoint presentation that is a perfect introduction for students.