A student’s self-assessment is an important aspect of successful differentiation. It provides invaluable feedback and helps students and their teachers set individual goals. – Wormeli, R. (2006)
Student self-assessments allow students to work independently, take ownership of their work and well as reflect upon their own learning. I chose this artifact because as Gottlieb (2006) mentions student self-assessment:
- Provides venue for students to convey their depth of understanding.
- Invites students to take responsibility for their own learning
- Honors student input in the assessment process.
- Recognizes the student perspective as valid data source
- Fosters the creation of shared set of exceptions between teachers and students.
- Encourages students to do their best work
- Helps students set realistic goals based in their accomplishments
- Offers personalized feedback to teachers
- Promotes students becoming life time learners
As the teacher I understand that my role is critical for an effective self-assessment process. In the article Student self-assessment: The key to stronger student motivation and higher achievement (McMillan, J. H., & Hearn, J., 2008). The authors discuss the teachers role in different stages. Such as, in stage three teachers provide students feedback concerning their application of criteria. I would take these stages into account when working with student self-assessments.
Example of a Student Self-Assessment