I have done a lot of planning over the summer to incorporate self-reflection and self-assessment from my students for this coming school year. It’s something that I’ll admit, I lacked in past years. I am implementing a self-assessment chart for a focus “I Can” statement (more on that later), student data folders and goal setting, and a self-reflection piece for student writing pieces this year. I’ve gone from little to no self-assessment to maybe-I’m-overdoing-it self-assessment. No surprise there – I usually don’t do well with the phrase “a little at a time.” I do better with the “go big or go home” phrase when it comes to school. 🙂
I have seen many pictures on Pinterest of the “star writing rubrics” that teachers have created to give their students a visual aide of writing expectations. I created my own posters and want to share them with you! Again, I did not create this idea, I just created my own posters for my room because I couldn’t find printable ones that worked for me. 🙂
Students can take their paper up to the board and self-assess their writing on a scale of 1-4. They will always rate their writing and mark it in the upper right hand corner of their piece when they are finished. They will take into account both their writing and illustrations. Throughout the year, we will talk about what the qualities of each rating are in a writing piece. After our routines are up and running, my students will periodically choose their best writing pieces to go into their data folders. They will be required to explain to me why they rated their paper the way they did, encouraging them to use technical writing vocabulary that we discuss throughout the Writer’s Workshop process.
It is one thing to talk about writing expectations but it’s another for the expectations and examples to be permanently posted in the classroom so that students can evaluate their own writing piece and assess it accordingly. As the year progresses, these posters will change from narrative pieces to informational pieces to opinion pieces. (And of course, I will be happy to share with you!) 🙂 The current one is very basic, building on what my students will most likely use as their beginning “topic sentences.” As we discuss writing with detail, the posters will become more developed. My hope is that my students will begin to think critically about the quality of their writing and be able to verbally explain their strengths and goals. 🙂