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Offline Alexnader

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Peer review feedback - Get to know your neighbours
« on: February 28, 2017, 12:29:39 PM »
A lot of times we have classrooms full of students, and after getting to know them pretty well it can be easy to forget that they haven't had the opportunity to spend as much time getting to know each other.
Many times before I have tried to pair up the students, only to be confronted with the fact they they barely know each other's names.
One activity that I feel has always worked well in breaking the ice is peer-review.

These activities always allow the students to get in touch with different aspects that are sometimes hard to get across when coming from the teacher:
-What are some common mistakes that are made in class ?
-What is the level expected of me, and that other are able to achieve ?
-How is feedback interpreted, and what can I do to better show I have understood it or not ?

We often give feedback and expect the students to speak up if they do not get it, but that is a lot of pressure to put on them. With peer-review activities we give them the opportunities to see mistakes made by others, and it can get them to better avoid mistakes that are actually made, rather than ones that as an instructor we generally assume they make.

In a writing class, there are going to be a lot of opportunities to get the students to review pieces of work. The most important step to set this up is to get the students accustomed to using a certain tone when writing, you want to make sure they understand that they are trying to be critical, but in a helpful manner.
Then the students could write reports to each other, and a forum could be opened up so that they could come back later and ask questions about that feedback given.

We would have:
1. Write a short paragraph (topic and reason may vary)
2. give feedback on several points (correct use of language, integration of certain vocabulary words, logical succession of events, ...)
3. review of the feedback, and forum questions in case of clarification
4. Review of the corrected paragraph
5. conclusion of what errors were made, and suggestions on how to avoid them using the feedback.