Teaching Students To Self-Assess and Reflect for Deeper Learning

Published on Mar 15, 2019

This is a presentation for an education conference on embedding reflection into the learning process.


Teaching students to self-assess AND REFLECT FOR DEEPER LEARNING

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LT: Participants will be able to scaffold reflection for better self-assessment and deeper learning

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What is reflection?

Consider the ways you do it or teach students to do it.
Talk to a neighbor for a minute
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Reflection is the act of looking back upon learning and self-assessing against the standards.

It’s an opportunity to explore what students know and can do, in their own words.

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1st semester "grading" conference

What have you learned so far? 

Link to Video: https://youtu.be/c8MfsgjAnts

first semester conference - one way reflection and self-assessment can look - early in the year.

While you watch, focus on the questions and student answers.

How do you think we got to this point?

Where and when does reflection happen in your classroom or school?

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Teacher reflection

  • in the car...
  • before school

What are the key elements of a reflection?

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Possible inclusions:

  • the student’s understanding of the task
  • the process of completion
  • Evidence of learning from student work aligned with standards
  • Challenges
  • Self-Assessment against success criteria
  • Goals/implementation of feedback
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Scaffolding the Reflection Process for students

Untitled Slide

Let's try it out...

Ask participants to think of some learning they did recently. What was the assignment they were asked to do?

How did they do the assignment?





  • Next students should write about HOW they accomplished the task.
  • What steps were taken specifically?
  • What challenges were faced?
  • How did they overcome these challenges?
  • What did they learn?
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Teaching standards

And embedding them in your practice so students internalize them 

Growing deeper reflection

Students can: read, write, think critically 


to personal practice as well as for students... 
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comments or concerns 
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