It’s important to remember that most students have never formally assessed another student. Nor have they given or received formal feedback. Not fully explaining the ‘hows’ and ‘whys’ of peer assessment will result in confusion, resentment, anger and a few tears shed. Because of this, we have endeavoured to provide you with the tools needed to ensure that the peer assessment process goes well for you and your students.
In our free eBook, “How to Teach using Team Assignments: The 7 step formula for fair and effective team assignments,” we devote an entire chapter on how to train your students for teammate peer assessment.
When introducing students to peer assessment, we’ve found that they typically have the following questions:
- What is the purpose of peer assessment?
- What questions are asked in the peer assessment survey?
- How are peer assessment and personal results calculated and defined mathematically?
- How is the Peer Assessed (PA) Score calculated?
These questions are addressed also in the Peer Assessment Presentation Slides.
Introducing peer assessment to students
This set of YouTube videos will explain to your students why and what of teammate peer assessment.
These are the slides that were used in the video series above. Please feel free to adapt your own version by making a Google Slides copy or download the pdf.
Training: Practice developing and applying a peer assessment survey rubric
Having students develop a marking rubric for the 10 different attributes that they will encounter on the Peer Assess Pro Survey helps to ensure that they have a better understanding of the standards, gradations, and expectations of each of the attributes being assessed. Students also feel as if they have a “voice” within the classroom.
View the rubric template here
Peer Feedback Videos
This TEDx video is also a fantastic resource to introduce students to the importance of giving and receiving feedback.
Giving Feedback for Strong Performance
Further resources for students
Further guidance for students is presented here