Competency-Based Learning Strategy:

Provide Peer Feedback Protocols

NOTE: This strategy is part of the self-paced Use Assessment as a Tool for Learning Course

Introduce feedback protocols to students that provide a structure for giving high-quality peer feedback. Example protocols include: 

  • Warm & cool feedback
  • 2 stars and 1 wish
  • 1 glow and 1 grow
  • I like, I wish, I wonder

Bright Spots

Gain inspiration from authentic examples of this strategy shared by teachers who have used them with their learners.

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TAG Protocol

Students use the TAG protocol to tell their partner something they like, ask a question about their work, and give a specific suggestion. The teacher provided them with sentence stems to help with their feedback.

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After sharing information through direct instruction, after watching a video or reading a text, use the think-pair-share strategy to ask students to reflect on their thinking and share it with someone else. You can then call on a handful of volunteers to share with the entire class if you like.

Friends Feedback

Students at Chico Country Day School use a critical friends protocol to provide each other feedback on their science myths.

2 Stars and 1 Wish Feedback Protocol

Source: Mrs. Avci (Miss Bainbridge) on Twitter

Students gave each other feedback using the 2 Stars and 1 Wish feedback protocol on their opinion brochures.


Inspired? Use the resources below to bring this learner-centered strategy to your learning community.

📺 Watch Austin’s Butterfly video to see the power of models and peer feedback

📖 Explore & download protocols for peer critique and feedback from EL Education

📖 Take a look at Catlin Tucker’s peer feedback choice board.

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Associated Learner-Centered Competencies:

Promote Effective Feedback:
I create opportunities for learners to receive effective feedback from me, their peers, and others to support the learning process.

Develop Collaboration Skills:
I design and facilitate learning experiences that foster students’ collaboration skills.

Build Community with Learners:
I build learners’ ability to be in a community with others, especially those of different backgrounds, identities, and strengths.