REFLECTION, SELF-EVALUATION, AND ASSESSMENT
Reflection has been shown to increase knowledge integration, so it is useful for teachers to reflect on what they do in the classroom. Learner­centered teachers involve students in this process. Student evaluations can provide a mechanism for reflection while providing a means for assessment.
One way a learner can see what she or he has accomplished is by the use of a rubric. Ideally, teachers review the rubric with the class before the project begins. In this way students can see what the project will entail, the skills they will be working on, and what is expected of them. After the project is completed, students can do a self-evaluation by filling out the rubric and answering a few reflective questions. Using the rubric, teachers can then meet with students and provide feedback on their progress. They can share what they learned from the project and discuss any next steps they might like to take. A reflection, self-evaluation, or assessment tool will not only assist the student and teacher in gauging knowledge integration, but teachers can evaluate the project's success in order to learn about ways in which the project could be enhanced next time around.
This downloadable sample rubric may be a useful starting point for designing your own set of questions.
Last Updated October 23, 2003