Reaching for the Next Level

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Students identify areas of improvement in their own work by comparing their assignments with exemplars at the next level of achievement. With advanced students, this strategy allows the teacher to find room for improvement, no matter how good the original is.




Additional Tips

Begin saving samples of student work now. Consider sharing with colleagues to speed the collection process and build a larger sample base. In a pinch, use teacher mock-ups in lieu of actual student work.


If content allows for creativity or multiple solutions, select varying examples of student work products to illustrate varying approaches that would be acceptable ways to show understanding.

Promotes Learning/Informs Learning


Students discover for themselves that they need to set higher standards. By allowing students to view many examples of work, this strategy can help improve their understanding of the work and reduce confusion. The strategy may sometimes serve as feedback and reteaching all in one. This strategy promotes self assessment and encourages students to use the examples to give them ideas about how to move their work to the next level.


This type of feedback encourages students to think deeply and reflect on their work independently, as the teacher doesn't make corrections for the learners.

How to Implement

After you review and assess a product or performance according to the success criteria, return the work to the students with their current level of proficiency written on it. You, a peer, or the students themselves can initially assess the work.


Provide examples of student work at various levels of quality at different stations around the room. Each student then goes to the station that has examples at the level that is the next highest level from his or her current work. Students at the station can examine these examples together and converse about what is different about their own work as compared with the examples. They can also support each other in generating ideas for improving their work based on the group review.


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