Giving The Peer Review A Bad Review

, , , , , | Learning | February 10, 2018

(I start a college course a year later than people usually do, as I left my previous school and spent six months working in Germany. That, combined with the fact that my birthday is in October, means I am 18 when this happens, and most of the other students in my class are 16 or 17. This happens after we do some peer-marked work and I’ve passed my classmate’s work back to her. I’ve marked her work, and while the information is good, her spelling is terrible, and I’ve corrected the spelling mistakes. I’ve had a lot of problems with this student in the past, so I don’t have a lot of patience for her.)

Classmate: *looks at all the corrections in her work, then looks at me in disgust* “Uh, what is this?”

Me: “Well, you made some mistakes with your spelling, so I corrected those as I went along. Your work itself is really good, though!”

Classmate: “You think you’re so much better than me, don’t you?”

Me: “No? Why would I think that?”

Classmate: “Because you’re older and you worked in Germany! You think you’re smarter than me! You think you’re the smartest person in the room!”

Me: “Darlin’, even if you were alone in this room, you still wouldn’t be the smartest person here.”

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