Peer Evaluation Strategies

 

Learners grow and improve from feedback. Typically in the classroom feedback is given from a teacher. However, it doesn't have to stop there. By cultivating a culture in your classroom that allows for peer evaluation, students will benefit from thinking critically and giving constructive advice. In addition, students learn through teaching and evaluating what they consider to be relevant. Through ample modeling and practicing peer evaluation can be an effective learning tool. Try one of the structured models below.

1. Glow and Grow

The Glow / Grow feedback model attunes students to their areas of strength and areas of growth within their writing.  The structure establishes that when we make mistakes we learn and thus, make progress. This feedback model can be used by educators or by students when reviewing writing or other forms of assessment.  The way this feedback is communicated can be adjusted based on who is providing feedback and the level of your students.  

Recommended Educator Language

Glow: I see that you... / Here shows me that you....

Grow: I wonder...../ Can you find evidence to support this?  / What are you referring to? /  Can you use ________________strategy to...?

Recommended Student Language

Glow: I like how you...

Grow: Next time, can you try...

 

2. Two stars and a wish

This feedback strategy allows students to focus in on areas in which they excelled and also areas of improvement. This strategy can be used after the completion of a project or when reviewing writing. 

Recommended Educator Language

Star: The beginning of your story deserves a star because....

Wish: I wish you would tell us...

Recommended Student Language

Star: I like how you...

Wish: Next time, I think you should ...

3. Warm and cool feedback

When students give feedback to their peers have them think about it terms of warm and cool. When they are commenting on a positive aspect of a peer's work they are giving warm feedback. When they suggest an area of improvement they are giving cool feedback. Within this model students can also give tips on how to raise the warmth of their work. 

 

 

 

 

 

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