Structured peer assessments (SPAs) in Scientific Thinking, aimed at different stages from Years 7-13.
SPAs are delivered as whole-class activities with formative peer assessment, normally lasting 30 minutes each. They use our Structured Peer Assessment module. Note that once started, SPAs cannot be finished early, so make sure you have enough time before the end of the lesson. You can however adjust the timing up until the moment you start the exercise.
To run an SPA in the classroom:
- Assign as normal.
- When students are ready, click the Start button in the Assignments list. Make sure you have enough time; an SPA cannot be stopped half way through. You can adjust the time allowed at the start point, but not after.
- Students will work through a 3-step process of write|judge|vote.
- When they are finished, you can access their answers from the Assignments list. Answers are ranked by the process but these ranks do not correlate direct to grades.
Structured Peer Assessment intro for students (also on YouTube here).
Show this 2-minute orientation video to your students before they start.