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|How Students Critiquing One Another's Work Raises The Quality Bar|
Too often, when students produce schoolwork, they turn it into a
teacher for a grade and move on. And after the teacher spends time
evaluating the student's work, many students never look at the feedback,
a cycle that frustrates both parties and isn't the most effective way
Several schools are trying a different model — one that takes more time but also helps students feel more ownership over the quality of their work. Called peer critique, students follow clear protocols that remind them to "be kind, be specific, and be helpful" in the feedback they give to peers.
At Two Rivers Charter School in Washington, D.C., students explain to Edutopia how through a process of revisions, they can feel proud about gradually producing high quality work. And, since students start doing the peer critique protocol in preschool, the school has built up a culture infused with a growth mindset. Students (and teachers) are constantly experiencing that they can learn from other people's work and that work can always be better.
"You're basically changing the idea of what it means to 'be done,' " said Jessica Wodatch, executive director of Two Rivers Charter School. Often times teachers and parents underestimate the capacity young children have to absorb and use constructive critique. EL Education has a helpful video showing how careful questioning, ground rules and a culture focused on improvement can help students to create beautiful work, often surpassing what adults may expect. Edutopia EL Education