MI Monday | Self Evaluation
Assessment, and specifically self-assessment and evaluation, allows us to tap into student differences in order to see how our teaching can respond to their needs. Several simple, transferable methods can be used at any point in a unit in order to promote reflection on learning and inform our instruction.
Here is a micro-innovation describing how a principal get her students to evaluate themselves.
Anita was aware that her higher-grade students were not taking control of their own learning as much as they should. She wanted them to learn the skill of setting academic and personal goals for themselves.
At the beginning of the academic year, Anita asks her students to set their targets for the year in all spheres of school life, for example in academics, building vocabulary, punctuality and extra-curricular activities. The class teacher then goes through each of the students’ goals; checks whether the targets are truly stretching their potential and make some necessary amendments. The students are then asked to put up the target sheet near their study area at home. After the first term (in September) the students evaluate themselves against their targets and mark themselves out of 10. The teacher then helps them write up next-steps and also intervenes if any student has not been able to achieve his/her target.
This micro-innovation is interesting because the students identify their potential and with the help of the teacher, are able to set targets for themselves for the year that makes them focussed and ensure that they keep pushing to improve
Potential implementation challenges
Setting goals is not an easy task. It needs to be carefully explained by the teacher and needs careful examination from time to time by the teacher to ensure its effective implementation.
Impact so far (according to teacher)
Anita says that students have started setting targets for themselves and evaluating themselves honestly. It’s a skill that every student should learn while they are in school.