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Two Stars And A Wish

Children making a wish

Children making a wish (Choreograph, iStockphoto)

Children making a wish

Children making a wish (Choreograph, iStockphoto)


This learning strategy helps students in providing peer feedback.

Why use it?

  • To enhance critical reflection skills
  • To support collaborative learning opportunities

Tips for success

  • Peer comments can be written on sticky notes so that if the recipient doesn’t find them useful, they can easily be removed.
  • In order to teach learners how to give quality feedback, co-construct criteria for high-quality feedback. Work with learners to use these criteria to assess examples of sticky note feedback and determine whether they meet the criteria. Then, display feedback that is considered to be high quality as examples for future peer-to-peer assessment.
  • This strategy is best supported by first modeling it using samples of learners’ work before asking learners to do it on their own or with a partner.

How do I use it?

  1. To begin:
    • A student identifies two positive aspects of the work of a peer.
    • The student expresses a wish about what the peer might do to improve an aspect of the work.
  2. Encourage students to link the “stars” and the “wish” to the criteria for success.
  3. Provide opportunities for learners to consider and incorporate peer feedback in their work.


  • Two Stars and a Wish can also be used to provide feedback on learning. Two Stars can refer to highlights of the learning and the Wish can provide feedback on what might be improved.
  • For younger students, who are unable to write yet, this strategy can be used orally.