Reflection: Checks for Understanding What Kind of Turtle are You? - Section 6: Evaluate


With all the new standards and even standards based grading, students are being asked more often to evaluate their own personal learning.  This is a great tool for teachers, but it is unrealistic to expect little people to know how this process works.  Even to understand what they are evaluating and how to evaluate it.  

Developmentally, I don't really know where this fits on a continuum of learning, but I do know that Second Graders can understand how to self-evaluate and even do it very accurately and honestly if it is introduced carefully and slowly.  

I begin introducing the language and expectations of the Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards early in my school year.  However, I do not jump in right away. It is a gradual build up scaffolded and layered in explanations and expectations as the school year goes on.  By the spring time, my students are very sure of the majority of the standards and very accurately can tell you where they are in their learning process.  

I use rubrics often, so the Fist to Five analogy of assigning a number to correspond with a level of understanding is easy for my students to understand and use. 


  Self Evaluation
  Checks for Understanding: Self Evaluation
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What Kind of Turtle are You?

Unit 7: Unit 7 - Wetlands, Ponds, Rivers, and Streams
Lesson 1 of 6

Objective: SWBAT distinguish between sea turtles, freshwater turtles and land turtles.

Big Idea: Animals that live in one ecosystem can easily find themselves in another. This lesson helps students see how one species can adapt to live in various environments.

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Science, rivers, engineer, water
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