Middle School Peer Review for Horizon

Chrissy from New Zealand has shared her practices for her middle school peer reviewers. Chrissy says:

This was an amazing undertaking and the results are stunning! It was an absolutely privilege to be part of this project and the students in my class who did some of the reviewing were blown-away at times with the information they were reading and watching and learning! These students got to review multimedia presentations and wikis completed by students that they themselves will one day be. I have no doubt that being involved in this process will seriously raise the level of multimedia and wikispace presentation in my class.

I think she hits on an important point, peer review is a great way to get students ready for what you expect. I spent the last three days in 9th grade peer reviewing horizon: why? It is what they will do in 10th grade.

How about having students spend the last week peer reviewing the work of students who have just completed the prior year. I am seriously considering the fact that I need to harness the power of peer review much more than I have.

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Vicki Davis is a full-time classroom teacher and IT Director in Georgia, USA. She is Mom of three, wife of one, and loves talking about the wise, transformational use of technology for teaching and doing good in the world. She hosts the 10 Minute Teacher Podcast which interviews teachers around the world about remarkable classroom practices to inspire and help teachers. Vicki focuses on what unites us -- a quest for truly remarkable life-changing teaching and learning. The goal of her work is to provide actionable, encouraging, relevant ideas for teachers that are grounded in the truth and shared with love. Vicki has been teaching since 2002 and blogging since 2005. Vicki has spoken around the world to inspire and help teachers reach their students. She is passionate about helping every child find purpose, passion, and meaning in life with a lifelong commitment to the joy and responsibility of learning. If you talk to Vicki for very long, she will encourage you to "Relate to Educate" or "innovate like a turtle" or to be "a remarkable teacher." She loves to talk to teachers who love their students and are trying to do their best. Twitter is her favorite place to share and she loves to make homemade sourdough bread and cinnamon rolls and enjoys running half marathons with her sisters. You can usually find her laughing with her students or digging into a book.

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