Have students assess peers’ progress towards learning goals.
1) Create a clear learning goal
a) Details of important ideas
b) What students need to master
c) A key statement about what is important to know. For example:
i) I understand the difference between mean and median and when they are used
ii) I understand fractional parts of a whole always have to be equal in size
2) Write it on the board for everyone to see
3) On a regular basis ask students to evaluate how well peers are progressing towards the goal. For example, students can choose from these statements:
a. She/he doesn’t understand this concept/idea at all
b. She/he doesn’t understand this concept/idea a little bit
c. She/he understands this concept/idea somewhat, but there is a lot she/he doesn’t get yet
d. She/he mostly understands this concept/idea, but there is some she/he doesn’t get yet
e. She/he completely understand this concept/idea
4) After each statement, invite students to describe what the peer does or doesn’t yet understand
5) Have students share their peer- assessments with each other and you.
6) Use your students’ assessments to adjust your teaching pace or focus as necessary and/or to identify individual students who have not yet understood a particular concept or idea.It might take a few times for students to get comfortable with peer-assessments and to learn to use them effectively, so try it 3-5 times.
Additional Resources: Self and Peer Assessment Google Drive Slide
Subjects: Math, English / Lit., Science, Social Studies, Other
Time of year: Anytime
Class period: Anytime