Unit 3: What Does Peer Evaluation Look Like?


Learning objective:

Mbtarget.pngAt the end of this unit learners will be able to discriminate key concepts of peer evaluation by playing a matching game to classify groups of peer evaluation criteria and opportunities for peer evaluation.

Lesson 1:

With growing enthusiasm for incorporating peer evaluation into the classroom it is important to remember that this type of assessment is only successful and applicable to specific activities, nor does it replace other types of formative and summative assessments such as quizzes, exams and essays. Peer evaluation can be used in any scenario where feedback can be given either for formative evaluation or a summative review for improvement before a final submission. Activities like group presentations, draft-review, and assessment of group or individual projects are all excellent forums for peer evaluation.

It is important to review peer evaluation methods with students prior to implementation. Practice exercises are a great way to familiarize students with this type of evaluation and provide an opportunity to explain the reasoning and benefits for this method. Students often do not know how or are shy about giving criticism to their peers, alternately students can be too harsh in their critique. By rehearsing peer evaluations students can be scaffolded and guided toward correct methods of evaluating their peers. These skills are not only beneficial in the classroom but will instill a skill set that can aid students in further academic pursuits and in the work place. As you learned in Unit 2 collaborative work and reviews are essential skills in 21st century learning.

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  • Like any other instructional approach, peer evaluation requires strategy and planning. The link below to the Read Think Write website created by the National Reading Association provides nicely outlined strategies such as the use of their "Peer Edit With Perfection Tutorial" which can be used to model peer evaluation to students. It also addresses forums in which peer evaluation can take place such as online or in a "class book" that can be taken home for students to assess and review on a rotational basis. Don't forget to check out their "Peer Editing with Perfection!" handout which is a great resource to use or expand upon for implementing peer evaluation!
Mbnext.pngRead, Write, Think - Strategy Guide for Peer Review
  • Similar to the guide above, the Student Centered Assessment Guide for Peer Editing by Students at the Center provides a model strategy for the basic flow of implementing peer evaluation in your classroom. This site created a "Ladder of Feedback" to get peer evaluation started once work has already been shared. This strategy creates a visual and mental scaffold for students to understand the steps they must take to reach a final goal, much like climbing the rungs of a ladder. Note that this guide is a student-centered approach. As you learned in Unit 2 peer evaluation is often utilized in student-centered classrooms as provides students an opportunity to determine which direction their school work will head and how it will get there in their own words and voices.
Mbnext.pngStudent-centered Assessment Guide: Peer Assessment

Lesson 2: What Peer Evaluation Does Not Look Like

Now that you have learned what peer evaluation looks like it is important to remember that in planning any instruction a good instructor should look-ahead for any obstacles that may come their way. Pairing students into small groups is beneficial in implementing peer evaluation however it is important to educate yourself as well as your students of issues to be aware of when participating in this type of evaluation.

  • The video below created by students in Tim Bedley's class in Riverside County is a comical yet informative guide to what peer review should not look like. The video addresses the top 10 mistakes that peer review partners make such as getting off task, being too general in their review as well as being too critical.
Mbmovie.pngWriting Peer Review (Peer Critique) TOP 10 Mistakes

Learning exercise:

Now that you've completed the lesson it's time to exercise your brain! Play the matching game below to classify peer evaluation characteristics into two groups: 1) Peer evaluation opportunities 2) Peer evaluation criteria. Good luck!

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Congratulations on completing Unit 3! Now that you're ready to move on to Unit 4 let's look back at this unit's objective to see if you've reached it.

Mbnext.pngObjective: At the end of this unit learners will be able to discriminate key concepts of peer evaluation by playing a matching game to classify groups of peer evaluation criteria and opportunities of peer evaluation.
  • Can I determine proper activities for peer evaluation?
  • Can I recognize appropriate strategies for peer evaluation?

If you can answer these questions then you're ready to move on to Unit 4: Putting it All Together

If you think you are't quite there yet, head back to the beginning of this unit and review the lesson and learning exercise.


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