a) each student gets an opportunity to receive an effective feedback;
b) working in smaller groups instead of a whole class is less intimidating and gives more quiet students a chance to be heard;
c) by critiqing other students’ works we are able to observe our own mistakes in writing;
d) getting more than one (instructor’s) review certainly benefits students.
Some of the cons of the workshop that I noticed:
a) some students tend to give very general feedbacks which I find pretty useless. If someone says to me “I really like it, it’s good,” but is unable to provide the supporting arguments for such a statement, it’s not very constructive;
b) I also believe that there’s a little bit of skepticism among students reviewing each other’s works ( we tend to trust the professor’s opinion more than the peers’)
What do you hope to do differently next time?
*Maybe next time we could make a few extra copies of our essay, so our group members can look at the papers while we read. I had a hard time hearing certain essays. It gets pretty noisy in the classroom when you have 4-5 people reading at the same time. Also, a lot of people including myself are visual, so having a copy in front of me would definitely allow me to give better reviews.