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Students in Mrs. Higgins first grade class got to peer coach each other on becoming fluent readers. Together, the students and teacher agreed on what their rubric categories meant, and how these categories would sound as a fluent reader. The categores included: Accuracy, Rate, Expression and Punctuation. Students read a short fluency check passage and recorded themselves on their iPads. They then scored themself on the fluency rubric and a peer also scored them. The two compared scores, and the peer gave feedback to the reader. Mrs. Higgins said it was "Awesome. It taught students how to give specific feedback, and automatically led to next steps in improving reading fluency." The peer-to-peer interaction helped students take ownership of their learning and teach each other. The practice of giving specific feedback applies to other content area, as well. Having the students record themselves on the iPad allowed for revisiting areas for growth and areas of strength along the way to becoming fluent reaers. It also gave the peer a tool to use as evidence and as examples as they provided feedback.
Mrs. Higgins has shared this work with colleagues, and other teachers are also working with peer-to-peer feedback using technology. The teachers are adapting the practice for not only use in literacy, but other subject matter as well. Thank you, Mrs. Higgins for the example of working with students in a collaborative manner and personalizing their learning for the 21st Century.
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