Involving Students in Self-Assessment

In order to attain success in imparting educational information to students, a number of factors should be taken into consideration. Among these, involving students in the assessment process can be of immense importance. Therefore, in this article, we are going to discuss how to engage students in self-assessment.  The following ideas are some factors that may contribute to an effective student’s self-assessment.

 1-Setting goals– Try to tell students at the beginning of what you expect from them at the end of the class. In this case, they will work according to the goals of a lesson. This can be done by Planing methods for self-assessment concerning  the learning objectives and evaluation criteria. Having this in mind will help students to stay focusing and be able to assess their progress as they go ahead in their studying.

 2-Making competitions between groups– This is another effective method of self-assessment. Indeed, when students know that they are to compete with each other they will take their time to study and prepare well for the contest. At the end of the competition, they will be able to assess their strengths and weaknesses . Students can work on how to correct these areas of weaknesses and then develop their strengths.

 3- Answering homework in groups after been done individually at home– Group work allows for exchange of ideas and as they say: “two heads are better than one”, this makes students benefit from each other. In effect, be able to make a self-assessment.

 4- Making conversation between two students– Two students can be engaged in conversation, while a third judge between them as to who has done better. Furthermore, a series of questions about the objectives can be provided then pair students to conduct learning interviews at the end of class.

 5-Making remedial activity for students mistakes in exam and homework– Such activities are a necessary means for students to make amends for what went wrong in their preparation for their exams as well as their actual performance during the exams.

6. Survey- Expand a unit by distributing a survey inquiring what further information students would like to have and arrange a discovery period for delving and sharing. In this way, students are given the opportunity to voice their opinions about the learning process and make contribution that will aid for their effective evaluation.

 7. Finally, conclude each lesson by asking students to write succinct learning statements in their learning logs about the daily objectives.

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One comment on “Involving Students in Self-Assessment

  1. Just a thought….(as a parent and a teacher) group work is problematic. The work ALWAYS falls on the shoulders of one or two members. Then there is anger when the whole group gets the same grade regardless of how much work was done by each. I understand that is life but there are students working hard to succeed and feel their future depends on this. I have watched way too many group projects auger into the ground because of the challenges and disappointment inherent in these projects including science fair, tech collaborations, debate teams etc. Does anyone have ideas for making groups projects truly work?

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