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Constructive 'Student to Student Feedback' – A Framework


Training students to assess each other's work and performances can can have a lot of benefits.

What is “2 + 1 Feedback”?

Peer observers are taught to highlight:

  • 2 Strengths: two elements of their classmate's performance (in a discussion, debate or presentation) which were particularly well done.
    • Observers should be challenged to be specific, and to say how each strength added to the performance.

Shared on OWLS Global – Facebook in July & August 2014

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Teaching Resources for You

The Busy Educator

This week's "The Busy Educator" (14 August 2014) offers a rich range of "teaching resources for you"



The Teacher Who Couldn't Read

Teacher Who Couldn't Read

Here's an article which inspires. Read it, and you'll see why.

However, an 'unintended consequence' of the article is that it provides educators with added opportunities to reflect.


Getting students to finish your sentences?

Actually, your students can finish your sentences, their classmates sentences or their own sentences. 

Unfinished Sentences header

This simple, quick activity can used in any subject, at any point in the teaching process.  Before beginning a new unit, a quick Unfinished Sentences challenge can give you (as the teacher) a good indication of what the students already know (and feel) about the topic.  Partway through a unit,

The Important Role of the Observer


Give students a 'framework' for listening, observing, and analysing their peers' performances.  Students who are trained in this way may learn MORE by watching and listening carefully than they do when taking their own turn as a 'speaker'.

In role-plays, discussions and practice presentations, students and their teachers may feel that the main 'learning' occurs as each student has his / her 'turn' to speak.  The remaining students may see little value in paying attention while a series of classmates each have their 'turn'.  Both the speakers and their classmates lose out in such situations. 

Actually, there may be as much or more 'learning value' in having all students observe and offer feedback. 

Inspiration for a Monday ...

“Teacher” - a 'poem'

Teachers can have a powerful effect on children – for good or ill.  I could offer you examples from my life, but you probably have lots of your own. 

Here's a quote which 'hit me between the eyes' several years ago – which I have reformatted as a 'poem'.  I hope you and your colleagues find it as powerful as I did.

Teacher Poem

You can download a PDF copy here or enjoy the whole text below: 


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