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Self Assessment

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Allexa Marshall

on 7 March 2013

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What is it? Self-Assessment Can it be used for all subjects? Yes! We can use it for all subjects! How can we use it in an
everyday classroom? Self-assessment is such a versatile assessment strategy.
Let's take a 4th grade class and see where self-assessment could be used in each subject area. Physical Education a checklist for basketball skills Math areas of strengths, weaknesses and ways to improve in a math unit about fractions Art criteria checklist for a specific project on collaging Drama graphic organizer on a specific drama activity about first contact Assessment for learning Checklists Reflections Portfolios Rubrics Goal setting Graphic Organizers Conferences Science
student selects samples for a portfolio of a unit to share with parents

Music rating scale for notes played correctly on recorder Language Arts after writing a story the student could answer reflection questions about how the student started their work, came up with the idea, and their favourite part of the story Also.... After any video/presentation/performance the students could write an exit slip. But what are the steps teachers should take to implement self-assessment? While I was researching self-assessment I came across a four stage model devised from Rolheiser & Ross that I found simple, easy to follow and valuable. All of the stages are important and without one self-assessment may not be as valid. STAGE 1- Involve the students in deciding which criteria they are being evaluated on. Students appreciate being involved in the process and are also better equipped to complete the task. STAGE 2- Ensure that students know the different levels of the evaluation criteria and that they know how to produce work at the highest criterion level. Creating examples of this as a group will help ensure minimal confusion. STAGE 3- Help students focus their self-evaluations by giving feedback; provide examples of what their feedback could have looked like, being sure to praise the efforts they made. STAGE 4- Help the students create plans of action to improve their performance. This should involve setting general or specific goals so that students have a definite direction in which to move. Learning strategies can also be discussed so as to support students in meeting these goals. When we create reflection questions for the students how do we know where to begin? That's easy, just refer back to these tables that outline the key components for reflection writing . For older students, you can either give them these prompts for a free write self-reflection or you can ask them specific questions based on the five categories. To break it down for younger students you can use these four categories and develop specific questions within them. But beware... if self-assessment is done too often- the work students produce will not be genuine, with no care put into it. We have to be cautious of where, how and when we use self-assessment because when something is overused students don’t respond to it as well. It has to be used at the right time when students are engaged and ready to comment on their own work. We want students to provide more descriptive feedback of their own work, quantity does not override quality in this case.
Students may be dishonest about their own achievements, either boast or be shy. -Gives teachers starting points for next lesson -Students become more aware of their strengths and weaknesses (what they know, don’t know and what they can improve on) -Gives teachers opportunities to find out what the child is thinking and the understandings that are developing -Helps develop inner dialogue (metacognitive skill) Pro's Vs. Con's -Allows teachers to listen to students -Encourages student involvement and responsibility of their own learning -Can be used for any grade and any subject-Can be simple (a student raising their hand for how they’re doing on a scale of 1-5 fingers) -Can be shown in more ways than just pencil & paper (physically, verbalize, drawn, webs, diagrams) -Can be a transition from one activity or class to another As you can see, the Pro's drastically outweigh the Con's Activity Time! Everyone has two post its in front of them. On one write one sentence about what you have learned about self-assessment and on the other write a question to ask a friend about what you've learned. Place in designated areas on your board. With the person sitting next to you discuss the questions you and your neighbour wrote out . If you are using this exit slip in a class you can have the students place their post-its on a blown up board, you could go through the questions as a class, and have students write their names on the backs of each post-it. Can't be included in child's mark. Time consuming to teach. Any more words come to mind? Through the stages students move from setting criteria being shown examples of expected work to setting goals. receiving descriptive feedback which leads to... students achieving goals which makes... Happy Students!! Energizer!

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