One of the methods of assessment we use as teachers is self – assessment. This means asking yourself “What did I learn here?”, “In my own words, what have I learned from reading this article or doing this activity or listening to the talk” etc. In school, we ask the children, “What did you learn here?” In my recent challenge, I asked this to myself daily. As expected, all of the information did not stick, some information I engaged with more than others. That is common, it’s ok. The task of asking myself this question regularly though was an interesting one.
As adults also, in order to make progress for the future it is important to learn from the past. What about that situation/conversation/piece of work etc worked or didn’t work? What would/could I do differently next time? Where is the learning here? Too often, I feel, we lose valuable information because we tend not to ask these questions. One of the reasons why we neglect to do so may be because it’s time consuming – I believe, If it’s important enough to try it out – isn’t it important enough to learn from the experience also?
A second reason perhaps is that it’s difficult to articulate your learning. The children find this tricky too! This involves complex comprehension skills. Putting information A + B together = to create (learning) C. Given a little time and experience it became easier to do in my daily challenge. I reflected on what I learned (what information ‘stuck’ in my brain, what I need to work on for the future and (in my challenge) my observation of this new information in my daily life. Once I had the structure and gained a little experience after a few days this task became easier.
Personally, I’m a big fan of the power of journaling – I ask myself questions (that’s the life coach in me!) and answer them but whatever works for you – bullet point your answers, reflect in your mind or discuss it with a friend that you trust would provide an unbiased opinion. The main thing is that you learn from your self-assessment. If you did this, what changes may it bring to your future?