Teach Self-Evaluation and Work Review

Self evaluation is another good skill for children to have and a piece of teaching self control.  This is being able to go back and review their own efforts or their own products.  The goal is to have children slow down and consider their work.  We do this in our Look, Listen and Learn class over a sequence of days by having children draw three of the same shapes, later three of the same objects (like a house), then write their name three times.  After each effort, they are guided to review their work and decide which is the best and the worst, then to describe why they choose each and what could they do to improve on the worst to make it more like the best.  We then ask others to (nicely) state why they agree or disagree with the child’s own review.  This is a task designed to have them thinking about their own process as they approach tasks and to encourage them to give their best effort.  It is also foundation for teaching them to review their academic work later.  By 2nd grade children should be encouraged to review their homework before it goes in the back pack each night.  This can be as simple as having them tell their parent one sentence about each assignment.  As they get older it is more detailed including re-working 2 math problems or reading a writing assignment aloud.

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