4. Assessing the Peer Assessment

peer assessmentOne of the many difficult-to-navigate aspects of being a teacher is the expectation of being a mind reader, while trying to determine the most effective, yet engaging methods of educating students. Many students feel intimidated providing feedback. Kids who want to provide feedback might fear offending a teacher or being labeled a nerd by fellow students. Immediately after a peer assessment is conducted, ask students to write down their anonymous feedback regarding the exercise. The peer assessment experience will still be fresh in students’ young minds and they will be able to provide a clear – yet untraceable – critique of the practice, allowing teachers to incorporate suggestions to improve their technique and offer support in weak areas.