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Commenting is sharing the teaching

One of the things that most teachers will say is hard to feel motivated about doing all of the time is marking. So often, marking can consist of really just checking that students have done the right thing. While this is necessary, it hardly feels like I am contributing to the learning process in a meaningful way!

One of the things I have liked about student blogging, is that your marking takes the form of commenting, and receiving comments is what can motivate a student more than any other factor. One of the routines I have introduced is the process of having students in my class comment on each others’ work. This form of peer feedback and assessment is valuable because it not only exposes students to new perspectives as they read each other’s work, but provides a genuine, real audience for it.

I have created small laminated cards, with a picture of each student on each side, with a QR code linking to that students’ blog on the other. I use these to distribute to students and assign their lesson/daily/ weekly blog to comment on. I also have the QR codes without the photos, so that we can play ‘mystery commenting’.

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2 Responses to Commenting is sharing the teaching

  1. jessottewell says:

    Nice! I really like the ideas about the QR codes imaged and no image.
    Did you have to do work on constructive feedback to really have success with this?
    Jess

  2. mrhuebl says:

    Thanks Jess – feedback is something that we certainly work on. It’s more than just saying good work – it needs to target the teaching points of the exercise. Even without it though, the kids benefit from the traffic on the blog and that helps a lot too.

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