After being an Assessment for Learning facilitator for 7 years, there’s one thing that I have heard more than anything thing else from teachers; feedback from kids is just too difficult to contemplate.
“Self and peer assessment/ feedback is too hard.”
“The kids are too little and so they can’t do it.”
This has always puzzled me, partly because if you listen in to conversations between students, in the classroom, they give comments and feedback all the time.
The clip below entitled “Austin’s Butterfly” shows how peer feedback can impact on a student’s work.
So my question is this: Is it too hard for the students or is it too hard for the teacher to give up some of the power and allow for opportunities for peer feedback?