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Student Self-Assessment

January 29, 2014

Wow! This poor blog. So neglected. I do have a good reason.  🙂  After getting married this past summer, the school year kicked off with a bang. I discovered the first week of school that I am pregnant!!! Needless to say, I have been a bit consumed with that, on top of all the normal school year craziness.

I’ve been busy in the classroom implementing new ideas and utilizing all sorts of manipulatives. I thought I would mark my return to this blog by sharing one of these new ideas. I can’t take full credit for this. It is really a combination of ideas that I found on Pintrest. (Oh, Pintrest, how I love thee!)

Student self-assessment; so incredibly important, yet even more neglected than this blog. It is a facet of of student learning that I tend to push of for “next time.” Of course, “next time” rarely comes along. I am making a concerted effort to make the time since returning from winter break. So far I have tried two different approaches that I feel have been quite successful.

1) Self-assessment at the conclusion of a group project. The students had just created and performed a composition in Rondo form. They had worked in groups of four students. Each group had been given an identical set of hand percussion on which to perform. Using iPads, I video recorded each group’s performance. The groups then watched their own performance on the iPad. (I am lucky that we have an entire class set of the devices, se each performance was recorded on a different iPad.) Upon viewing their performance, the students completed a reflection worksheet. This form is adapted from two different ones I had found online. I like that there is a quick rating system for overall assessment, but I was also able to include a constructive written reflection. It is worded in such a way that the students can celebrate success, but also set a higher goal for themselves in the future. This activity gives the students an opportunity to watch their own performance (which rarely happens) and asks them to reflect on their process.

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2) Knowledge Acquisition Check-In.  My 3rd graders have been working on learning the absolute letter names of the notes on the music staff. We have been doing all sorts of activities (poems, flash cards, spelling words on the staff, memory games, iPad games, etc.) to reinforce this learning. As part of their music centers this past week, the student completed a letter naming worksheet. When they completed the assignment they turned in their paper at the Self-Assessment Board.

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Each folder corresponds to a level of understanding that is outlined on a poster that hangs next to the folders. This is such a simple way to check in with the students regarding how comfortable they are with a given element presented in class. I have seen teachers use this as a place to turn in Exit Ticket activities, as well. As you can see, a few of my students were very honest about how they felt. It confirmed my suspicions regarding how well they understood the material. Better yet, it takes no more time than handing the paper in to the teacher or placing in a completed work bin.

Have you implemented self-assessment strategies in your classroom? If so, what have you done that has proven successful?

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