As the title implies, John Bean’s Engaging Ideas has been quite engaging. The style is easy to learn from and a lot of valuable information that will help our students can be reviewed in a short time.
I already incorporate the use of draft submissions for my most high stakes assignments and learned from chapter 13 ways to make this process of greater benefit to the student. Peer reviews of a rough draft can often provide benefit to both the reader and the writer. Though Bean states on page 222 that results can be disappointing, I have found the opposite to be true. I have found that often students are thoughtful yet appropriately critical of developing their peers writing. I make sure the papers are anonymous and that students work in pairs to review one submission.
Though I have found success with this style of draft review I have yet to try it with first year students. Has anyone else had similar results or has anyone used peer review of high stakes writing with first year students?