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Self-reflection activities

  • avoid too many form-filling exercises
  • frame questions requiring self-reflection differently so they don't always sound the same
  • make time for regular reflection of the portfolio collection
  • have the student point out their own progress as they see it through their work samples
  • suggest that students write why they included specific items in their portfolios
  • have students bring into school a symbolic item  -  one that reflects who they are / their faith / culture  -  and have them explain it
  • from a series of photographs of themselves, have the students put them in chronological order describing themselves in each picture
  • ask students to identify their motivation and engagement with the introduction of self-reflection activities
  • select a variety activities that reach self-reflection processes in different ways:
    • story writing
    • oral reports
    • reporting on processes of discovery
    • art activities expressing thoughts and ideas
    • newspaper article writing describing an event
    • reviewing photographic records
    • editing the student's own work
    • critiquing the work of peers
    • show and tell
    • science experiment write-ups
    • recording observations made by the student themselves
    • book reports with guided questions
    • television program reviews
    • field note writing using a clipboard
    • retelling stories to younger children
    • using pictures to prompt memories of celebrations
    • suggest determining the student's own preferences
    • have students record / chart each others favorite book tittles / movie title


Past experience has shown that:

  • practicing verbal self-evaluation throughout the term gives the students the skills that they need to reflect;
  • referring to the quality writing poster in the class helps students to be more specific about what process or skills they used to complete piece of writing;
  • self-evaluations improve each term, this is an abstract skill, do not get discouraged with first term self-evaluation

Role of Teacher:

  • review or introduce the concept of self-evaluation;
  • determine class periods that will be used for this process;
  • read former student's self-evaluations;
  • decide on questions which are appropriate for your class;
  • explain to students that it is through their self-evaluation that they can better determine how much they have learned this term.


Elementary Cycle 3 and Secondary Cycles
Self-Evaluation Questions

Self-evaluation (AWorks)
Self-Eval (Word)
Writing Pieces

Writing Pieces (AWorks)
Writing Pieces (Word)

Thinking About My Writing

This document is a series of self-evaluation questions, appropriate for cycle 3 and beyond. Please adjust and modify according to what your students have been learning with you.

Thinking About My Writing (AWorks)
Thinking About My Writing (Word)

Elementary Cycle 1
Me as a Reader
awareness of self as reader

Beginning Writing
Listing writing strategies - for early readers/non-writers

Beginning Writing 2
Listing writing strategies - for early readers/ early-writers

My Learning Goals
self-evaluation and goal-setting - looking back and looking ahead

Learning Goals

Beginning Reading
Listing reading strategies - "I can..."