Last night, I had a conversation with my seven-year-old about peer review. It went like this:
Child: What did you do today, mum?
Me: Well, I got some feedback on a paper I wrote. They liked it!
Child: A paper? How many questions did you have?
Me: Uhhh… None.
Father: It’s like a big write. Have you done those at school?
Child: Oh! Yes. So what’s feedback?
Me: Well, comments on what I wrote.
Child: Ticks and crosses?
Me: Well, sort of like that, yes.
Child: Oh. So how many ticks did you get?
Me: Um, well, none really. But they did say they liked it.
Child: Did you get any crosses?
Me: Um, well, I got some comments on things I need to do better.
Child: Are they like crosses?
Me: Well, yes, I suppose they are.
Child: *wide eyed* How many crosses did you get?
Me: Well, uh, at least 20, I suppose.
Child: *looks horrified* Oh. Well… Never mind, mum.