What is the benifit the teacher  is trying to achieve by this:7th grade writing classroom. The writing teacher ask the students to mark and score their own writing by themselves. What is the...

What is the benifit the teacher  is trying to achieve by this:

7th grade writing classroom. The writing teacher ask the students to mark and score their own writing by themselves. What is the benifit the teacher  is trying to achieve by this:

1. Objective scoring

2. Teacher is trying to save some time.

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accessteacher eNotes educator| Certified Educator

You have asked a very topical question to do with feedback and marking and how we do it effectively as teachers. The situation you refer to is known as peer marking, and whilst it does have the immediate benefit of saving time for teachers, what is fascinating about it is that research has shown that it is one of the most effective assessment techniques.

Let us suppose that instead of adopting this method the teacher had taken the tests in and marked them themselves. They would give them back to the students and most would probably just look at the mark. Very few would actually go through the test and see where they went wrong and how they could improve.

However, let us adopt this method. The teacher swaps papers, and suddenly the students are marking their friend's paper. They are going through it with the teacher and paying close attention to each question because they know that their friend is marking their paper and they want them to mark it fairly. This therefore is one effective "go through" as the students revisit the test and the learning when they are peer marking.

However, also, when the students have finished marking and hand it back, the students are very likely to check that their friends have marked their paper correctly, and so they will then revisit the learning a second time. This is why peer marking is actually an incredibly effective method of assessment - because it has been shown to help students revisit the topic of the test many more times than if they had just handed in the paper to their teacher to be marked.