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Students are an intrinsic part of the information sharing process. They can reflect on their learning and be involved in a number of ways.
Student-led conferences are an increasingly common way for schools to carry out some of their information sharing with parents. They give students an opportunity to share with their growth as a learner with their parents. Find out more about student-led conferences below:
Student reflection in written reports
Students can reflect on their learning as part of the school’s written reporting process. Students could write a letter to their parents or complete a template to insert into the report.
The letter or template could include some reflection stems such as:
- I feel good about…
- I used to… but now I…
- Two things I will remember about what I have learnt over the last 6 months are…
- A strategy that really helped me learn better is…
- If I could do something again differently, I would…
- One thing I will remember to do in the future is…
- One thing I really want to learn is...
Students could complete six-monthly self-assessments that are related to their important learning goals. They could develop criteria with the teacher and then assess themselves at two time points using a tool such as the one below.
These assessments could also be shared with parents during student-led conferences, through portfolios or through inserting them into written reports.
Download a template of this diagram here.
Template Student self assessment of learning dispositions (Word 2007 78 KB)
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Effective reporting involves each child in taking increasing responsibility for his or her own learning. Students need to be clear about: what they have learnt, which learning strategies were successful, what they need to focus on next and why it is important. (Principle 4)
If you are presented with the task of evaluating yourself for your job, you might be in search of tips on writing a self evaluation.
You don’t want to get caught in the trap of being too modest or too boastful – it is a difficult tightrope to walk. It does not have to be difficult, however, and it can be a great opportunity to display your good-natured self-confidence as an employee. Although it might not be easy to create a balance between these two qualities, writing a self evaluation can be a wonderful chance to showcase your skills and display your best qualities as an employee. A well-written self evaluation can impress your boss and reflect well on your skills and capabilities.
What Is a Self Evaluation?
It can be very intimidating to write about yourself and your skills – rating your progress and focusing on your best skills. Why would my boss want me to evaluate myself – and why can’t he or she just evaluate me according to what they are looking for? Employees in this predicament often get nervous that they will say or do the wrong thing while filing out their self evaluation.
Instead of worrying, think of this as the perfect opportunity to discuss yourself, your progress, and your pitfalls over the last few months. Sure, it might not be easy, but try criticizing or complimenting your own work. Many people discover it isn’t as difficult as everyone makes it out to be.
It might be a good idea to double check with your boss before you begin to see what he or she is looking for:
- Perhaps they have a form for you to fill out, like a questionnaire with bubbles, numbers, and fill in the blank response questions.
- Other bosses prefer an essay, or another style of writing. You want to be sure you get the information to your superior in the format they prefer.
- See if there are any particular topics that they need you to touch upon in your self evaluation.
Finding Your Own Voice: Communicating Clearly
In order to impress your boss at work, you are going to need to find your own voice and work from there. Include information which shows you have taken the time and energy to reflect upon your own skill set and performance.
- Talk about specific data points. Give an honest reflection of the work you do for the company, how well you have accomplished your objectives.
- Share your insights on your personal growth as an employee and your development as a leader.
- Outline in detail how you are making a difference. Your boss might not be aware of just all that you do for the company.
With a voice of confidence, dignity, and respect, you will effectively present the details your boss needs – and wants – to hear.
Writing Your Self Evaluation
Writing a perfect self evaluation takes a lot of time, thought, and effort. You want to create a draft of the form so that you have ensured that you have planned out your words, thoughts, and ideas.
Your reflections should seem polished and planned, not hasty and rude. Also check for formatting, spelling, and grammar: If you make any of these kinds of errors, your boss might focus on your mistakes instead of on your content.
Before writing, review company policies, company goals, and published mission statements.
- Look over your team’s goals, and discuss in specific details what you have and have not done to help your team meet these goals.
- Be honest: If you have made mistakes, own up to them, take responsibility, and discuss how you plan to move forward.
A self evaluation gives your boss your perspective on your performance and gives you an opportunity to do some thinking about the role you have played for the company.