Self-assessment is a key element in formative assessment because it involves students in thinking about the quality of their own work rather than relying on their teacher as the sole source of evaluative judgments. This book describes ways for teachers to create more student involvement by including them in the assessment of their own work.
The first section provides 10 self-assessment activities for students and details how to introduce the purpose of the activities to students, implement the activities and provide different opportunities for practice. In the second section, the authors describe how to make goal setting a logical extension of self-assessment. Guidelines are provided for short-term and long-term goals. The third section contains common questions teachers may have about the concepts presented in the first two sections of the book, as well as questions parents and students may bring to educators in response to the activities described in these sections. The authors respond to these questions in detail, giving educators the knowledge they need to properly implement these strategies and respond to others’ concerns.