You DO NOT need
to spend hours developing problems for them to critique. Instead, use the
students’ actual answers. Here is an easy way to do this.

Give your
students a problem. Have
the students do the work on a dry-erase board, or index card. Instruct them to show
all of their work.

While they are working, walk around the room. Note which answer you want the students to critique. You may choose a student’s board
with a wrong answer or correct answer. It doesn’t matter as long as you
practice with both wrong and right answers as the year progresses.

When the
time is up, share the work you want the students to critique with the entire class. Have them
get out a piece of paper and write if the student’s answer is correct and then
explain why or why not. After they are finished, have them share their reasoning with a partner. Then you
can discuss with the group.

If you do
this every single day, then your students will have practiced critiquing other’s
work 180 times. Now, tell me they will not succeed on
standardized tests with that much practice!

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