In Ron Berger’s plea for ‘beautiful work’, The Ethic of Excellence, he lays out his manifesto for creating a culture of craftsmanship in schools, part of which is his insistence that if work isn’t perfect, it isn’t finished. A big part of this is that students need to get used to drafting and redrafting their work with regular Public Critique sessions where students offer each other advice and guidance on how to improve their work. Berger explains the process to bunch of primary kids using a lovely visual example in the following clip:
Berger outlines a number of principles he feels are essential for getting the critique process right:
Feedback should be kind, helpful and specific
It should be hard on content but soft on people
All students need the opportunity to step up and share their thoughts and then step back and let others have their turn
So with correct guidance and modelling, students should, in theory, be able to give one another detailed verbal feedback so that students can make improvements more than once!
Further reading from David Didau: