Came across a great example of how peer marking can be effortlessly, but effectively used to close the learning gap today – courtesy of our Head of Geography, David Brading (@davidbrading).
It went like this;
Step 1 – Peer marking based on clear success criteria
Students were set a writing task – ‘Describe in detail how humans use fold mountains’. They were then given clear instructions on how to peer mark the work:
Circle the work when you see any of these. Put a number in the margin to reference.
1- Name of area- countries
2- Point- eg farming, tourism
3- fact of figure
5- this means.
An example follows:
Step 2 – Peer markers write formative comments
Having marked the work in this way, the marker then had to write a formative comment, using the following guidelines:
– Write a Positive comment…. ‘what you did well was…’
-To improve the answer you could…..
-Set them a question to answer….
An example follows;
Step 3 – Students respond to marking comments
Once the work was handed back to the owner, they then had to answer the questions that had been set for them by their marker – shown above. The marker’s comments are in red and the response from the owner of the work is in blue.
Step 4 – Students log improvements
Following this, the student then had to transfer the improvement comment on to their ‘Progress Tracker Sticker’ – to act as a reference point for later revision.
A simple but very effective process.