Our Learning & Actions for 2017/18:
Our FESL Committee has met on a few occasions and with the support of the entire staff has developed a 4 step approach to enhancing student learning through self-assessment.
Start with a base-line survey of teachers to ask the questions, “Are we providing opportunities for our students to engage in self-assessment?” and “Can you imagine what self-assessment might look like in your classroom?”.
Staff will teach the concept of self-assessment, including using common language so that students will improve their ability to self-assess.
Break down the process of reflection and criteria for improvement
Establish common language
Create child friendly rubrics
We will measure whether or not self-assessment is helping to improve student learning.
Evidence will include the following:
Report Card Data
Assessment of improved discussions at school and at home
Teachers will take part in professional development to improve own ability to teach self- assessment.
Invite assessment experts to come and present to staff
Staff discussion, collaboration and practice creating language and rubrics
Ongoing reflection and assessment of effectiveness
Dedicate at least 3 prod sessions for next year towards our school focus
After collection of baseline data in the fall of 2017, we will begin to compare further data collected in the form of student work, testimonies, surveys, report cards and artifacts of student self-assessments collected throughout the year. Our hope is that all forms of evidence will show signs of improved knowledge and skills and overall connectedness to their learning. At the same time, we hope that the same may be said for our own ability to teach and support the concept of self-assessment and that our overall ability to effectively assess student progress will also improve.