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Reflection, practice and evaluation

Reflection

  • Consider the importance of classroom culture in the facilitation of effective peer feedback. What changes might need to occur in your classroom before students will feel safe and comfortable about giving and receiving feedback from their peers? How might you go about implementing those changes?
  • Consider the present configuration of your classroom. Is it conducive to peer feedback? What changes might make it easier for students to give each other feedback on their work?
  • What are some of the possible ways students in your classrooms could be allotted to groups or pairs to facilitate peer feedback? Are there advantages and disadvantages involved?

Practice

  • Try this experiment. Provide your students with two opportunities to provide peer feedback to each other. The first time, do not provide any success criteria or framework for the students to use. Conduct interviews with the students to discover what kind of feedback they received and how useful they found it.
    The second time, provide the students with the success criteria that they are to focus on in providing their feedback. Again, conduct interviews with the students to discover what kind of feedback they received and how useful they found it. What differences did you notice?
  • Experiment with some of the suggested peer feedback strategies.

Evaluation

  • Which peer feedback strategies work most effectively with your students? What is your evidence that these strategies are effective?