3. Make Mistakes Part of the Process

peer assessmentHaving others highlight mistakes can be taxing on a student’s confidence, especially when the source is a fellow classmate or friend. Before each session of peer assessment, emphasize that students should learn from the errors they make or suggestions made by others. Learning about relatable experiences from others is always helpful, therefore share stories from instances of personal growth that included productive critiques. Develop a process through which students report on their overcoming, or understanding, of a critique that has been made in the past. Use consistent intervals, such as weekly or monthly, when students sit down, think about, and record a past critique, how they thought about overcoming the roadblock, and eventually mastered the concept. The failure itself is not as important as the lesson they learned from it.