Evaluation is a powerful tool which helps us to motivate or demotivate students. On the one hand, it is said that tests and examinations are very stressful for students. On the other hand, tests and examinations are very useful because they show students` results and achievements. Can evaluation be less stressful but more positive for students?
As a supplementary method for traditional tests and exams I often use self-evaluation technique. Students have an opportunity to check themselves with the help of answers. I ask them to put a plus (+) if their answers are correct in order to visualize the results. This method requires half a minute but has a very positive potential:
- Students show their real level of knowledge because they don`t depend on the grade.
- Students aren`t afraid of not good grades.
- Students understand what aspects they should improve before the final test.
This simple technique helps students to regulate the process of learning, they begin to realize that evaluation can be positive because it shows the weaknesses of knowledge. Self-assessment becomes an incentive to improve skills in this context.
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