How To Self Assess
Assessment is a tricky topic for so many. Its importance is immense, but the use of it sometimes falls short. So the point of setting up this blog is simple – to provide you the teachers with loads of assessment resources and to explain how to use them.
We will start with self assessment, often referred to as the most powerful form of child assessment. Peer assessment can so often depend on the peer providing good feedback (don’t worry I’ll cover that issue next). Self assessment requires each child to be brutally honest and able to reflect upon their own work.
Effective child assessment and target setting relies on you to train your children to be able to approach it in the correct mindset and feel comfortable doing it. Let’s start by looking at the ‘How to Self Assess’ poster:
When starting to use self assessment begin by showing them this poster. Perhaps have a copy on your tables on stuck in their books. Expose them to the ideas in the poster often and let them try to self assess as much as possible. Emphasis that self assessment requires them to look at many aspects of their work. There are three elements to this poster and three elements to all of our new self assessment resources. INK, WWW & EBI are terms I am now using so regularly it’s like they’re new children in the class. Let’s explore them a bit more.
INK – I now know/I need to know: As far as I am aware this is a new acronym. I felt we didn’t have enough in teaching already. It is a great term for self assessment as it tells children that they all know something, but regardless of how able they are they don’t know it all just yet (not until they become teachers). You can use INK in many ways. Get the children to think solely about what they now know from today’s lesson (to highlight that learning has happened in the lesson) or to consider what they still need to know before the topic ends. You can also get them to ponder both what they now know and what they need to know. It’s a strong term to use in the classroom.
WWW – What Went Well: Oh yes our old friend ‘What Went Well’. This is a chance for your children to spot the good features in their work and the progress they’ve made in the lesson. Sounds easy but the older they get the harder they can find it to see the positives. Used in a considered way a WWW can be quite a powerful reflective tool.
EBI – Even Better If: You can ask what went well with out then pondering ‘Even Better If…’. This term is the children’s reflective and forwarding thinking friend. They’ve found what they know or need to know, they’ve spotted what they did well, but now they need to accept they’re not quite at perfection yet. They need to think about the next lesson and the next step. EBI gets banded around a lot, but introduce it and talk about setting goals and targets and they will see how powerful it is.
Hopefully you’ll find this poster useful and feel it can benefit your classroom assessment. This poster is just a start, there will be many more resource coming out soon to support your use of this poster and INK, WWW & EBI. Keep an eye on our blog for many more self assessment, peer assessment and target setting.
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