Sunday, October 21, 2012

Student Reflection

Parent conferences were held last week and I have been relaxing/recovering from the two exhausting days.  Our parent conferences are held from 4:45-8 two nights in a row (Wed &Thurs).  We only have 5 minutes to share student progress so I made a packet of students work consisting of homework quizzes, unit test and a student reflection. 

I created the student assessment at the last minute to have my students reflect on how they work in groups and independently (homework).  

If you would like to see the whole word document click here .

Students completed the assessment first and then I filled the teacher column and commented on their improvement plan.  This was a great way to give a snapshot of strengths and weaknesses of students during the conference.  This also helped me target my concerns since I only have 5 minutes.  I shared this with other math teachers in my school so I will be interested how they used the assessment during the conference.  

I am always looking for new ways for students to self assess their effort and knowledge.  If you use something similar I would love to hear about it!  

I hope everyone is enjoying their Sunday!


  1. Dear Liz,
    This packet is a terrific idea. I've been doing something similar but hadn't considered the summary sheet to hook it all together.
    Do your students reflect on their work all the time or this a special kind of activity? I'm only wondering because sometimes, it's tough to get them able to write things that are helpful without lots of reflecting practice. Any tips on developing better reflections?

    1. This was the first time I had my students reflect on their work this year. I plan to add more student monitoring of progress throughout units we study but this sheet was more to help parents get an idea of their effort. In the past I have had students graph their unit test grades (on coordinate planes) and then reflect on their study/work habits. My hope was that if they noticed they were putting more effort into classwork and homework their test grade would go up. I didn't continue with this because of the time needed to reflect but still wonder if it would have been successful if done for a full year. If I come up with more ideas I will be sure to share!

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  3. I'm currently a teaching candidate and this is something that we talk about often in my cohort. I love that you have them reflect on both group and individual work. Have you been thinking about possibly expanding this reflection to include more information on how they feel about how they are doing? I'm also curious to know if you start off the conference with these reflections? Loved your post!

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