Reflection: Student Feedback Genetic Modification - Section 4: Independent Practice


Peer review is an effective strategy that serves to reinforce effective writing elements for students.  By assuming the role of reviewer, students use an objective tool to help them compare a standard to a work that is not their own.  Because students use a rubric, they are more likely to be objective and able to read a work and evaluate how the response exceeds, meets or does not meet the standard.  This type of analysis allows students to utilize metacognitive skills to not only consider another student’s work but also compare the response they review to what they wrote.  Additionally, student benefits from the review when they receive the scored responses and rubrics.  It’s helpful to see how a peer evaluated their writing using the same rubric they used to evaluate another student.

After students perform a peer review, I like to evaluate the work and then compare my score to the peer review score. Surprisingly, sometimes I am less harsh than students are on one another and then there are times, in my opinion that the score is "inflated" .  I tend to think that students use their own work as the barometer or yardstick for scoring, when this happens.  When they see a work that they think is "better' than what they produced, they will over-inflate the score for the student and rely less on the rubric for scoring.  Even with these issues, I feel that periodic peer review is a valuable tool.

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Genetic Modification

Unit 2: Unit 3- Growth and Heredity
Lesson 12 of 16

Objective: Students will be able to describe the relationships between changes in DNA and potential appearance of new traits.

Big Idea: There are advantages and disadvantages to genetic modification of organisms.

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Science, Genetics, plasmid, Writing, DNA (Genetics), Genetic Engineering, recombinant DNA, trait, genetic modification, gene therapy, cleavage
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