Improving Classroom Culture: 5 Ideas for Implementing Peer Feedback


Looking to improve your classroom culture for next school year? Have you considered coaching your students to provide each other with great feedback?

Real learning requires a community of students that help each other make meaningful connections. Peer feedback facilitates social interactions and collaborative moments that are vital for student learning.

How Do I Implement Students Providing Feedback?

Here are 5 ideas:

  1. Teach students to give peer feedback in 3 steps: Compliments, Suggestions, Corrections. (We’ve done this for you with our “Helping Baffled Bears” assignment)

Try out this assignment http://app.classkick.com/#/login/2WL9O1 or download (for free) from the Classkick Marketplace!

2. Work with students to create a bulletin board with feedback sentence starters:

From the WeAreTeachers Pinterest Board: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/2251868538735866/

3. Have a class conversation on constructive feedback. (Here’s the hilarious method a teacher used with their class)

Check it out on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iBuq4qgRhCc

4. Plan for peer feedback in lessons. (Check out this 5 minute lesson plan template with spot for peer/self feedback)

From LeadingLearner: https://leadinglearnerdotme.files.wordpress.com/2013/07/five-minute-marking-plan-version-3-1.pdf

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Why Have Students Provide Feedback?

  • Students learn about their own work when they provide feedback to others. Providing feedback to someone else is one of the best ways to learn the concept for yourself.
  • In partners, students provide instant, individualized feedback to every student in the class. Having students provide each other with feedback increases a sense of community.

And How Will This Improve My Classroom Culture?

  • Peer feedback is most effective when students feel comfortable with each other and supported by their classmates.
  • By introducing student helpers in your classroom, necessary conversations and teachable moments will arise about respecting everyone’s opinion, being able to take risks, and making mistakes to learn. Though difficult, these conversations and the presence of peer feedback in your room will dramatically increase the agency of your students (who are now acting as experts for their peers) and collaboration.
  • Check out this video to see it in action!

A Classkick Mentors explains how she uses Student Helpers on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ggl05Dq2mU0 or on Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/169132046

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