I gave back essays today and one student was stamping her feet in frustration --- "oohg, erg, argh, I got a better grade last time! I hate this class! I got a C+!"
Immediately another student called out "I love this class!" They were peer review group members, so she goes over and asked what he did to fix the end of his essay. "What did you get?" she asked.
It was pretty hilarious. At least I have them engaged and involved, right?
And going through the piles of peer reviews, I found one girl had written on her partner's paper, after increasingly enthusiastic comments at the beginning, "This essay is bitchin'!" Seriously? We're bringing that back?