Pondering Peer Feedback

There are many benefits to peer feedback, just like there are benefits to using multiple choice questions. However, like for MCQ, my motive for using this more in my classroom was Grade 6. Four sections of Grade 6. Ninety-nine students. Which is a lot of rough drafts. Which is a good reason to delegate some of the feedback burden.

But there are other bonuses to using peer feedback. The students can read the work of their peers, to give them ideas for their own writing. And, by leaving comments, they can reflect more on the characteristics of quality work. However, I was not going to operate under the assumption that my middle school students would know how to write good feedback. I was going to train them.

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Blog Post Round-up: May 9, 2017

I was absent from the country, and my laptop, for a while, and came back to an RSS feed full of new posts. A delight, but also a lot to get through, especially when the internet is too slow for quick loading and browsing. But, finally, with much delay, here is a round-up of my favourite blog posts from the last few weeks.

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Moments of Joy, or Finding the Motivation to Keep Going

It has not been an easy last few months of school. I found myself, on short notice, job hunting for next year. Enthusiasm is winding down among colleagues. I returned home to Canada for a week for a family situation. And, of course, the end of the year is approaching and the students are getting restless. It can be hard to find the motivation to plan, grade, attend meetings…

But, in the infinite wisdom of Dory, we need to keep swimming.

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