The most fundamental aggression to ourselves, the most fundamental harm we can do to ourselves, is to remain ignorant by not having the courage and the respect to look at ourselves honestly and gently.Pema Chödrön, When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times
Student self assessment involved students evaluating their own work, effort and behaviour. As a school, my administration team has procedures in place that I, as a teacher, follow to ensure students are regularly self-assessing their academic progress – but given the enormity of behavioural issues I’ve been faced with this year it seemed only logical to implement a similar strategy in the realm of behaviour and effort.
I created the following resource as a means of getting some of my lower level classes to reflect on their attitudes, and it was tremendously successful – I was blown away by how seriously my kids performed this activity, as well as how honest (mostly) they were.
This term I distributed this self-evaluation to students twice; the first time after their mid-term examination, and the second after their finals. I feel this process helped students to remain aware of their own attitudes, as well as creating a sense of involvement and autonomy over the behaviour and effort grades that would ultimately be awarded upon their report cards.
Do you have any student self-reflection tools that you use in your classroom?