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Thank you for the self-assessment papers. I plan to use them with my 4th graders this year. :)
So glad they were helpful! I'd love to hear how it goes with your 4th graders.
Love this! As I was reading through your post I was thinking of creating one for non-writers... but then you provided one! Thanks :) SarahYears That Ask Questions
Yea! Glad for once I was thinking ahead! Thanks so much for the comment. Jessica
I think these are great. Do the students fill them out during class time or at home?
I had them do it at the end of the day on Thursday or Friday am depending on my planning. By doing it at school I got to talk with them as they filled them out. I hope that helps. Thanks for the question. Jessica
Thank you for sharing. I'm going to try this even though we have 28 days left! I was wondering how you introduced it. I have tried other self evaluations through the years and I have had a hard time getting kids to be honest (or at least recognize their behavior issues!)
Totally get revamping with 28 days left! When I introduced this I guided them through completing. I read the questions and then said, "think about your week... Did you turn in all assignments? If so mark a 5, if you missed one ..a 4, and so on. I would talk then through the entire page. Each week I would guide a little less. I kept a chart on my clipboard with any notes (positive and negative). As I walked around guiding I would see someone give themselves a 5 but miss several assignments. I just said "hmm I see you missed your he on Tuesday." They would always correct. To be honest I had way more student be hard on themselves and give 3s when I would have given a 5. I would always ask why. Sometime they would tell something I missed or I would have them be easier on themselves. Once I got through the guiding stage I would read them before sending home and either have students edit or add my own comments. You will find that they are pretty honest. I hope this helps. Feel free to ask anymore questions, especially once you get started. Thanks for the question! Jessica
I love this idea so much! How would you handle students who don't assess honestly though? I have one in mind that intentionally does the opposite of what anyone asks.
Totally understand that. I found that most of the time even those difficult kids liked the responsibility and if the parents knew that it came from them up front, they appreciated it. I never sent them home without my approval. A short conference with the student always helped to make sure that it was accurate. Me: I see you gave yourself a 5 on "Turning in all Assignments." But my chart here says you missed one on Monday and Wednesday. What is a better rating for this week? If they don't fix it, then I do (IN PEN) and write a little note about it. Usually after 1-2 conferences they get it right. I hope that this helps both you and your students. Jessica
Wonderful assessment idea! I'll use it with my third graders this year. Help me out with something - What do you use the part about "I have_____ papers in my folder this week." for?