Self Assessment in the Classroom

Self assessment works best in a classroom where students have worked on growth mindset and they know that mistakes are a way to learn. It is very important that students know what the expectations are for an assignment so they can effectively assess themselves. Learning intentions and success criteria building are so beneficial when trying to help students become stronger at this because it gives them prompts on around what to look for when assessing. It is valuable to start this type of assessment in your classroom at any age, having lower primary students constantly doing this kind of thinking will eventually encourage them to use it in more ways and set them up to be increasingly self starting and independent later on.

Starting to implement more self-assessment in your classroom can be very quick and easy. As we know think, pair, share is always a great way to have students interacting with each other and it gives the teacher an opportunity to listen in and see where students are. Rate 1-5 (1 means I don’t understand at all, five means I could teach this to somebody else) is another strategy that allows for quick feedback for teachers.  Another strategy is having visual tool to show where students are with a task like red, yellow or green cups signifying if they’re lost, doing okay or if they’ve got it. 3-2-1 is another great way to get a bit more detailed information from students, students share 3 new things they learned, 2 questions they have and one connection they made. This one is great because it can easily been changed around and if students are younger they can think-pair-share this with a classmate instead of recording it down on a piece of paper.

Here is a video that outlines self assessment, looks at the benefits and provides a few more tools for in the classroom!

3 Replies to “Self Assessment in the Classroom”

  1. I loved reading about your self-assessment post since most new teachers feel this a tough area. I know this is going to be an area of teaching that I am going to work on in my upcoming practicum, so it was great to get some good examples of how to incorporate it. The think, pair, share and the red, green, yellow cup ideas are always great to start with and work very well in the classroom. I had never heard about the 3-2-1 idea. I think it is awesome and gives the teacher a bit more insight on how students are feeling regarding the subject. I also really enjoyed the video you posted.
    Looking forward to reading more about assessment. đŸ™‚

  2. Cassadii,
    Thank you for sharing about self-assessment. This post is very helpful as I have not had tons of experience with it yet. I also agree with Breanna the 3-2-1 idea would be a very beneficial way to see where the students are at with their learning. It would also help you as the teacher to understand what next steps need to be taken in order to support the class. The video was a great resource, I am glad you added that in. I really liked how they described self-assessment. They talked about how when self-assessment is implemented properly it improves metacognition, increases persistence and, opens the students to continuous learning. All of these qualities will help the students for the rest of their lives. Which is why I am glad that I have had the opportunity to learn about this assessment on your blog. I look forward to learning more about assessment.

  3. This is such a beneficial bit on self-assessment! You have given some great examples of ways to easily implement self-assessment without a lot of sitting down and writing, which is very important and useful for the class that I am in now. I am wondering how you might report some of this self-assessment to parents/guardians? Or if you might have some suggestions as how to get the students involved in creating the criteria?

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