Dr. Luis Valente suggests self and peer assessment can help students to move away from seeing teachers as the only source of judgement about the quality of their learning, thereby helping them to become more independent learners. Do you agree, and what are your experiences of this? He also notes that research shows that self-assessment combined with peer assessment reduces the trend for ‘friendship dependency’, ‘benefit of the dominators’ and ‘benefit of parasitism’. Does this match with your experiences? What do you think of assigning a percentage weight to individual assessment as part of the summative assessment related to collaborative work? Any other thoughts on Dr. Valente’s suggestions?
I have no experience in the combination of self-assessment and peer assessment at the moment. I have never managed to finalise both in my past activities. I'm presently working with students who are not used to working collaboratively and I have just started by introducing assessment rubrics. In the last one I used, I assigned a percentage weight to individual assessment because I thought it was beneficial for improving students' commitment but also because a part of the learning outcome was strictly linked to individual performance.
How can teacher collaboration facilitate collaborative learning?
Do you agree that not all teachers have the required skills to take advantage of digital technologies? Reyhan mentions social media networks, such as Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn, as particularly useful spaces for teacher collaboration and professional learning. What are your experiences of social media networks for teacher collaboration and professional learning? What emerging digital technologies are you aware of that can help teachers collaborate more efficiently?
I love working in collaboration with other teachers, both locally and internationally. I've always worked together with my colleagues at school, then some years ago I started working with a US teacher through Edmodo, then with other European partners through e-twinning. For professional development, I have always appreciated the opportunities provided by technology. Thanks to social media such as Twitter or LMSs such as Edmodo I had the great luck of learning from the best teachers all over the worls, some of them (Barbara, Stella Maris, just to name two) are here, following the same course. My PLN is in continuous expansion.