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!