Simplify grading and help your students assess their own work by providing a peer review outline for them. Let’s walk through how to use a successful peer review form and rubrics to improve your students learning and understanding.

What is the Peer Review Form: TAG method

Peer reviews are a simple method where you ask students to review another piece of work or project that has been created in the classroom. This is especially useful when students or groups have covered a variety of topics, when you’re assessing or editing papers, or when you want to check that students are getting the full scope of their own project.

Students would get 1 form for each project they review. They will fill it out with the three main prompts below which helps you and them assess for understanding and gives the project some useful feedback.

The TAG method for doing peer review is built on 3 separate pieces of information:

T: Tell me something you learned

This is where students will need to consider what they learned about the items presented. This does not need to be profound information, but should be something that the presenting group is really trying to educate on with their project. If students struggle to find something they have learned for the peer review form, that means the project probably missed a few key points.

A: Ask a question you still have

Students will practice asking clarifying/extension questions from the information presented. These peer review form questions may also give the presenting group an idea of what information was not clearly presented in the project .

G: Give a suggestion and a compliment

Being able to give suggestions for improvement and compliment another groups work shows that students are invested in understanding the project. It will also help them evaluate their own work for what they can improve that they enjoyed from another group or things that they can clean up on their own projects.

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How To Use the Peer Review Form

To use this peer review form, you may assign it in one of two ways: paper or digital.

For paper versions, print a one sided sheet of paper that includes 2 forms on it. Provide each student with a specific number of reviews you would like them to complete. Put their name in the “Reviewed by:” line and the project they are reviewing at the top.

I spot check the reviews before handing them to the presenting group to complete a wrap-up of their project over.

Digitally, students may be assigned a digital form that they can add text boxes to with their responses. Duplicate as many times as needed and collect in a file to return to the presenting group.

Bonus Option: Include a grading rubric to get students to assess the project for points as well as feedback!

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Why your students should complete PEER reviews

Peer review forms are a great way for students to understand how the project will be graded. They also see ways they can improve their future projects and view a presentation or project through an assessment lens that helps them critically think about the topic.

Peer reviews can also lower your grading time. You will collect quick data about how students perceived the project and guide improvements the students should make without your commenting being necessary

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Reviews from the Peer Review Form

“I used this with a planet project in my high school astronomy elective. My students enjoyed this protocol and got great feedback from their peers!”

“Absolutely love this! High schoolers tend to not want to critique each other’s work, so this was a great tool to use for them to be honest while we were doing a carousel activity”

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