Kailee Brennan & Cecilia Rands encourages students to be independent - the teacher’s opinion isn’t the only one that counts teacher perspective - reduces workload! this can benefit students also, if more authentic tasks can be assigned since the teacher has less work to do to assess more feedback for the students to improve from some research shows peers’ assessments correlate quite closely with teachers’ and are therefore quite useful some studies have found that peerassessment does not reinforce learning in the same way self-assessment does or can (Sadler and Good, 2006) peers may try to give their friends “good” grades rather than “accurate” grades; this may be avoided by removing names from assignment sheets just as peer-assessment does, it can reduce the workload of the teacher (or make the assessing that the teacher does more meaningful and worthwhile, since the student has already had the chance to adjust or perfect their own work)meta-cognitive make students think about their thinking correlations between students’ and teachers’ mark can range from .60 to .80, “certainly high enough to justify self-grading” (Dynesson and Gross, 391) (cited in “Assessment and Evaluation” handout) at least in first attempts, students may not be very good at judging their own work; some students will try to give themselves very high marks, hoping that these will be taken into consideration by the teacher (Amo and Jareno 2011) students may not feel they are an authentic part of the assessment process, but rather that this is just another obligation from the teacher (Amo and Jareno 2011) peer and self assessment go very much hand in hand; whether or not you use them simultaneously in the classroom, much of the pros and cons are similar, many of the reasons to use them are similar, and so on the emphasis should be on “student growth and self-understanding, rather than on arriving at a final grade” (“Assessment and Evaluation” handout) Good questions to begin with: what aspect of your work was most effective? what aspect of your work was least effective? what specific action or actions will improve your performance? what will you do differently next time? (McTighe and O’Connor 2005) moving students from worrying only about a final grade to thinking about how they are doing overall and what they can do to improve (McTighe and O’Connor 2005) students’ abilities to both peer and self assess will improve with time, so don’t give up! Your efforts are worthwhile!