Peer Review Implementation

Thoughts on Peer Review for my PBS Learners (and you too!)

As you proceed to Peer Review each other’s work, consider using the P*M*I strategy from Edward deBono:

P=Pluses (something you find that is a “Plus”)

M=Minuses (errors)

I= Interesting (something you find that is interesting)


For generations, the academic community has relied on peer review as a way of enhancing the knowledge base and encouraging serious scholarship. Peer review can offer many of the same benefit to students… [and] computers [can] mediate the interaction among peers. Gehringer (2000)

  • Peer Review reflects constructive guidance at its collaborative best.
  • As an application to the classroom, Peer Review helps students and the teacher.
  • Anonymous Peer Review provides a framework for students to learn balanced reasoning at a time when modern discourse often descends into shouting and insults
  • Anonymous Peer Review teaches students how to offer points of help, practice proofreading, and strengthen other communication skills.
  • Peer Review introduces and encourages diversity of opinion
  • Peer Review models the importance of checking work before it is turned in. When the audience is the teacher alone, sadly, many students are apathetic. But when the audience is the students’ fellow classmates, an extra attention to detail emerges.
  • Peer Review offers students a practical application in this real-world review.

I adapted the P*M*I schema to reflect new acronyms. The adapted acronym is a new thinking schema called P*N*I and you can use this schema in your reviews:

      P=Pluses (something you find that is a “Plus”)

      N=Needs A Look (something you find that “Needs Another Look” for possible

      I= Interesting (something you find that is interesting)

Here is a sample Peer Review

Dear ________
Your commitment to this project and for special needs students really shines in this project. Pluses: 1.) You’re very thorough and thoughtful in your project and I did not see any typos or grammar errors. 2.) You’ve worked to make your project inclusive for all students. 3.) You did a great job of integrating technology such as Promethean Boards, e-books, Audiobooks, etc.  4.)  Your project is positive and empowers students!
Needs Another Look: 1.) One of the ways to make your project stronger would be to check your APA citations with the guidelines on the Purdue website. 2.) Please check your Title Page to conform to APA guidelines
Interesting Points: 1.) It is interesting that you intend to build Learning Centers. 2.) Do you have budget money for hardware like earbuds, earphones, players? Are there state or county resources that may be utilized to help with this?
This concludes my review… thank you! 


Peer Review provides a fair perspective approach for students and a review committee for the teacher who often has, to butcher Robert Frost, “miles to grade before she sleeps.”

See what you can do to implement Peer Reviews in your classes!
Dr. Teague*  





Previous Teague post: From this blog post:

If you would like more information on methods for Student Use, please refer to this link:

For forms to use with students, see this link: and

Quote Source: Gehringer, E.F., 2000. Strategies and Mechanisms for Electronic Peer

* (title updated 4-2017)