Establishing the Conditions for Peer Feedback

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Teachers from Percy Baxter Middle School found that peer coaching can only be effective when a supportive environment is established and students are able to develop the appropriate skills.

Key Points

  • A supportive classroom environment is required in order for peer feedback to be effective.
  • Peer feedback must be modeled and practiced.
  • Both teachers and students agree that peer feedback must be accurate.

Discussion Questions

  • Why might students be reluctant to engage in peer feedback?
  • What does a supportive classroom environment 'look like'?
  • To what extent do our assessment practices create a supportive environment in our classrooms and school that would allow for effective peer feedback?

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