The information provided in effective feedback (Strategy 3) models the kind of evaluative thinking we want students to be able to do themselves. Self-assessment includes asking students:

  • Identify their strengths and areas for improvement before they show their work to you for your feedback.

  • Write in a response log or reflection journal at the end of the lesson, recording key points they have learned and questions they still have.

  • Using established criteria, select a work sample for their portfolio that proves a certain level of proficiency, explaining why the piece qualifies

  • Offer descriptive feedback to classmates

  • Use your feedback, feedback from other students, or their own self-assessment to identify what they need to work on and set goals for their future learning.