Secret voting avoids peer pressure.
On June 6, 2016 Mrs. Davidson invited her grade 12 English class to work in pairs to write one page short stories. The stories were laid out in front of Feedback Frames. Each Feedback Frame had a 5-star rating scale, plus a flag for bad handwriting.
Each story had a unique title but no author names. Classmates read and secretly rated each other’s stories one by one.
After about 15 minutes the results were revealed and everyone could see their peer evaluation.
The top student authors were celebrated with an applause.
After a few students explained how it felt more honest to have secret and anonymous feedback, without the peer pressure.