Tag Archives: Self assessment

161. Marking Markers

How much time do you waste looking for where you last marked a book? If you are doing work sampling, how can you quickly get a feel for how often books are marked?

This is a genius idea that my colleagues came up with: simply wrap a sticker around the page.


Our stickers are a picture of a page with a tick. Some classes stick their stickers in as part of their self-assessment before the teacher marks their book.

So quick, so simple … I’m so lucky to work with such inspirational teachers!

121. 75% Wrong Answers please!

Sometimes you don’t get to a suitable point in a topic for a specific homework task, sometimes you want pupils to reflect on their understanding and sometimes the printer/copier breaks. What should you do?


I get pupils to think about the work they’ve done and write two or three questions on a topic they’ve struggled with. They then answer their questions. Next they think about any misconceptions and write wrong answers. They then write an answer with a numerical error. So each question has one correct answer and three wrong answers.

Pupil perspective
They have had to review and reflect on their personal learning and then apply it to a question.

Teacher perspective
The teacher gets an idea of what the class as a whole understands and what misconceptions exist.

Follow Up Task
The teacher can type up the ‘best’ questions into a PowerPoint presentation to use as a multiple choice quiz activity. A class written resource is always fun to use.

Techy Task
For those of you lucky to have an interactive handset system, you have a ready made, personalised, multiple choice topic quiz.

59. Self Assessment Resources

I came across these free self assessment resources via Pinterest.
The Treasure Box
There are two themes: Self assessment and Traffic Lights.


There are posters and sets of flags to download for each theme. They are bright and eye-catching.


The posters alone could be a useful display tool. I’m already planning ahead for the next academic year!

The website also sells other teaching resources, such as stampers.