Self-Assessment Conference

Self-Assessment Conferences encourages students to reflect individually on how their work meets the goals of learning targets and skills
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Self-Assessment Conferences in Action

About This Strategy

Self-Assessment conferences allow the teacher to meet with students individually to reflect on their progress, success, and struggles in the class. Self-assessment conferences provide students with an opportunity to discuss their ownership, participation, and performance in the class with their teacher and receive support from the teacher. Self-Assessment Conferences can be used in any class and at any grade level, aligned with specific learning targets or goals within the class.

Implementation Steps

30 minutes
  1. Create a student self-assessment form related to the specific learning target, class topic, or activity being completed in class. Have students complete the self-assessment form prior to the conference.

  2. Hold a small conference with each student individually (3-5 minutes) to discuss their self-assessment.

    • Focus the discussion around the student's success, struggles, and participation throughout the activity.

    • Allow the student to express any concerns or struggles that they had and try to support the student with steps to fix errors or with remediation support.

    • Praise the student's efforts and any successes that the student noted on the self-assessment.

  3. Immediately after the conference make quick notes regarding any important information you learned from the student during the conference.

  4. While you are conferencing with students individually, the rest of the class should be working on an engaging activity, station rotation, or learning centers that does not require a large amount of teacher support or instruction.

Additional Resources:

Self-Assessment for Collaboration

Self-Assessment for Collaboration can be used for students to reflect on their participation, collaboration, contributions, and teamwork efforts during a collaborative activity.

Implementation Steps:

  1. Follow all of the steps listed above using a self-assessment tool or template centered around collaborative work (i.e. assessing participation, collaboration, contributions, and communication efforts during a collaborative activity).

Questions to Consider

  1. How could you scaffold this conferencing strategy to modify it for students' learning abilities?

  2. How could you encourage students to use your feedback to make improvements?

  3. How could you modify this strategy so the same form can be used multiple times to track progress?

  4. How could you encourage honest reflection of students when completing this self-assessment?

  5. What could be challenging about this strategy, and how could you address any challenges in advance??

Lessons to Support Implementation

Explore this lesson by kindergarten teacher Joanne Clapp to see how to engage in self-assessment writing conferences with students.

Tech Tools


  1. Students can record their self-assessment reflections using Flipgrid. The teacher can then watch the videos before meeting with students. The teacher could meet with students virtually through the comment tools on Flipgrid or the teacher can pull the students for individually conferences based on their video responses.