Self-Assessment - Part 1

How do Primary students use self assessment to learn?

How to Tie Your Shoes Super Fast (Will Jackson, 2011)

Show the clip of a person learning to tie shoes. Then ask the question: If I were to talk to you when you were watching the clip, how easily could you learn? If you have a chance to reflect on how you're doing, does it help?

Does anyone remember what activity was at the top of John Hattie's list (Hattie, 2012, p.251)? Provide copies of John Hattie's list for teachers to look at. (Hattie, 2012). Ask if anyone has any thoughts about the top influence on his list.

How to tie your shoes super fast!

Action: 3 Ways to Self Assess

Anne Davies (2000) wrote "When students assess themselves, they develop insights into their own learning." (p.10)

She also discusses (2000) "When teachers provide time for students to assess their own learning, ...students have time to process new information."(p.11)

Summarize 3 ways to self assess:

1. Pause and think .

2. Look for Proof . Take a sample and comment on it.

3. Connect to criteria. Students assess their work in relation to the criteria co-constructed. (Davies et al., 2000, pp. 9-10)

Hand out pp.12, 13, 17, 18, 19. (Davies, 2000, pp.12-19)

Decide as a group which type of self-assessment we might want to try in our classrooms. (use Dotmocracy activity.) Place two papers on the board with these two titles. They are "sentence starters" or "reflection cards" (Davies et al., 2000, pp. 12-19).


Turn and talk to your neighbour about when during class time, you could use one of these self-assessment strategies. Choose one to try and be ready to tell us how it went next meeting.


1. Davies, Anne. et al. Self-Assessment and Goal-Setting. Courtenay, B.C. : Connections Publishing, 2000.

2. Jackson, Will. How to tie your shoes super fast. You tube: 2011.

3. Hattie, John. Visible Learning for Teachers: Maximizing Impact on Learning. New York: Routledge, 2012.