Meaningful reflection takes practice. This is as true for students as it is for
teachers. You can best support your students in their efforts at self-assessment
by providing regular, uninterrupted time for students to think about their
progress. At first, you may need to guide their reflection with questions such
- What did I learn today?
- What did I do well?
- What am I confused about?
- What do I need help with?
- What do I want to know more about?
- What am I going to work on next?
As students participate in the self-assessment process, they will have many
opportunities to collect pieces of their writing and react to things they have
read. Individual student conferences can help guide these periods of
self-reflection and reinforce the idea that collecting and evaluating work are
important steps in self-assessment.
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