By Chick Moorman and Thomas Haller
Do you want to build students' inner authority? Do you want to help them learn to self-judge, self-regulate, self-assess, and develop self-evaluate skills? If so, use Teacher Talk verbal skills like those demonstrated in the questions and statements below.
1. How much time did you put into this?
2. How does this compare to what you did yesterday?
3. In what way could it be improved?
4. What do you feel is its strongest point? Why? Its weakest? Why?
5. What grade would you give it and why?
6. Rate your product on a scale of 1-10. Explain your choice.
7. Rate your effort on a scale of 1-10. Explain your choice.
8. Are you willing to put your name on it? Why or why not?
9. What is one way you could make it more in-depth?
10. What could you do next time to improve it?
11. How could you remember to do that?
12. Do you agree or disagree with the comments I wrote on your paper? Explain.
13. On the whole, what could you say about your effort to learn in this class?
14. What evidence can you cite to prove that your project is quality work?
15. Compare this book report to the one you did three months ago. How are they the same/different?
16. What pattern do you see in these four assignments you completed?
17. What did you do to create a distraction-free environment when you worked on this?
18. What sentence in your paper do you think is most important? Explain.
19. What are you most proud of with this assignment? Explain.
20. If you had a chance to do one thing over, what would it be? How come?
21. What important learning occurred as you completed this?
22. What do you want people who read this to come away with?
23. What did you find most confusing about this assignment?
24. To what degree was this assignment a challenge for you? Explain.
25. What got in your way as you were working on this? How did you handle that?
26. Sum up what you think the benefit of this assignment was for you.
27. What skill do you possess that helped you achieve this result?
28. What action could you take to improve your effort on the next assignment?
29. What do you want me to know about what you learned?
30. What do you want to ask me about this assignment? Why do you want to know?
31. Who could benefit from reading about your project? Explain.
32. What text message could you send me that evaluates your paper?
33. How close do you think you came in covering the four criteria we had listed on the board? Explain.
34. Would this be one of the 10 papers you put in your portfolio? Why or why not?
35. How could you reduce into one phrase what you learned or relearned about your persistence?
36. How would you evaluate the contributions you made to your group today?
37. How would you rate yourself as a study buddy? Explain.
38. What goals will you set for next week regarding self-regulation?
39. What effect do you think it would have if you accomplished those goals?
40. Which one of our class norms do you think is most important? Explain.
41. Which one offers you the most room for improvement? How do you know?
42. What evidence do you see that you are contributing to a cooperative atmosphere here?
43. What qualities do you possess that help you to be a serious student?
44. What excuses for procrastination do you use most often? Share an experience.
45. What do you say to yourself if a test, assignment, or project appears difficult?
46. What adjectives would you use to describe yourself as a scholar?
47. What accomplishment this semester best reveals who you are as a student?
48. Give a common misconception people have of you. Why do you think they have that misconception?
49. Identify one learning gap you want to close this semester. How do you prevent yourself from closing it?
50. In your opinion, is this list of 50 self-assessment questions really valuable, somewhat valuable, or not the least bit valuable? Explain.
Chick Moorman and Thomas Haller are the coauthors of The Teacher Talk Advantage: Five Voices of Effective Teaching. They are two of the world's foremost authorities on raising responsible, caring, confident children. They publish a free monthly e-zine for educators and another for parents. To sign up for their newsletters or learn more about the seminars they offer teachers and parents, visit their websites today: www.chickmoorman.com and www.thomashaller.com.