Reflection: Checks for Understanding The Dark Room - Section 6: Evaluate


I want to share how I get the students to evaluate their peer's work. In August, I begin allowing them to trade work and then check for one thing. Actually I start with one math problem and then they trade. For example I put 1+5 on the board. They write it down, trade, and put a happy face or a sad face on the person's paper.  Math is a great place to introduce peer evaluation, because there is one specific answer. It is also nice, because I can write the problem on the board.  Happy faces and sad faces are also great to start with, because almost each child can create a happy or sad face. 

In writing I introduce peer evaluation using a rubric. They have three things to look for in the beginning and then we add more. Here is a rubric I used.  They get a 1 or a 0 for each category. Then the students have to evaluate their peer, and they add up their scores.

After using peer evaluation in math and writing I add it to science. We are now in March and the students can easily evaluate their peer's work. I guess I could have been doing this in science all year. I would begin with happy faces or sad when you start evaluation, and only have them look for one thing in their partner's work. Then a rubric can be used, but do it with each child. Then they can use the rubric by themselves. It is just a process of modeling, gradual release, scaffolding, and supporting students during the process.  

  Checks for Understanding: Peer Evaluation
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The Dark Room

Unit 7: Light in My World
Lesson 1 of 13

Objective: SWBAT explain that objects can only be seen when illuminated.

Big Idea: Allow the class to explore complete darkness to discover that objects need illumination to be seen.

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Science, Light, reflection, mirrors, eye
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