I consider self evaluation at school to be an objective and beneficial learning experience for everyone involved, both students and teachers.

Although some critics I know remain skeptical, my experience in school with self-evaluation of work a student has done in a course or class over a longer period of time is not only a complicated but also beneficial process for the students I have asked to do so. I am always amazed how well students judge themselves, their interest in a subject, the preparation for and the participation in class. The only tendency I have encountered is to perhaps undervalue one’s own work, not to cater to the teacher but because many students happen to be overly critical of their own work in a particular group environment. What I have never once encountered is a student (within any age group) grossly over-estimating the effort made. In addition, many, but not all, find it beneficial when asked to appraise their own work. If also given the chance to – objectively – evaluate the teacher’s or even the school’s work, without fail the results are thoughtful and to the point. So, I believe more teachers should give their students the chance to do so because I am regularly told that being asked to appraise one’s own work or that of others is more than a rare occurrence not only where I work. That’s a pity, really.

Posted by Volkher Hofmann

Volkher Hofmann (deus62) has been blogging on and off since the 1990s and is all that is left. He loves music, literature, drumming and, most of all, real life. He thinks the open web is much more important than social networks, closed-in ecosystems and other severely commercialized online endeavors.

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