There are a couple of ideas that I want to highlight as I work through how I'm going to implement this in my class. The first is motivation. I, like a lot of teachers, wish that my students cared more about their own learning. I want them to want to learn. I can compel all kinds of actions and emotions from my students, but none of them are as good or as worthy as an action or emotion that comes from within. This line comes early in the paper, but it's the essence of why we should make every effort to include self-assessment:
Correctly implemented, student self-assessment can promote intrinsic motivation, internally controlled effort, a mastery goal orientation, and more meaningful learning.
Later in the paper, McMillan and Hearn include a graphic that is kind of like the self-assessment version of the SAMR model:
I started to think about some sort of self-assessment that happens more regularly than once a month or once a week. I got into a long conversation with my fantastic wife, who teaches a classroom of students with autism. Data collection is her thing. That conversation led me to this really short survey that currently holds a spot at the top of my online classroom ready to be taken by my students in about a month.
So here we are. The idea is that students will quickly take this survey every single day. At the end of each quarter, I'll take the average rating that each student gives herself, multiply the score by 10 and enter it as one of the assessment grades for the quarter. For example, Donte gives himself an average score of 8.7 during first quarter. Donte will receive an 87 out of 100 grade for first quarter. It is simple enough that it can be explained and understood easily by the students, which will hopefully give them some buy-in to what we're trying to do.
More to come on the idea. Do you have something that you do to give your students a chance to self-assess? Share your stories in the comments below!
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About Me:My name is Alec Chambers. I am a high school history and government teacher at a small, urban public school in Kansas City called Center High School. We regularly kick tail. Among many awards, we were named a National Blue Ribbon School in 2014. I don't just teach at Center- I also graduated from Center in 2006 after attending Center Schools K-12. I have a degree in Political Science, a second degree in International Relations, a third degree in Education and a Master's of Arts in Teaching. I have an unofficial degree is soccer. All of those degrees have led me to the high-paying teaching profession! I have a newborn daughter and am married to the most awesome woman on the planet. Seriously. It's a proven fact.
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