The “Self-Check” and “Looking at Learning” tools are made to be applicable to all grades, subjects and contexts that anchor themselves in goals.
The “Self Check” tool is best implemented following intentional classroom instruction focusing on specific goals, which students have generated criteria for themselves. For example, in the “Opinion Write” exemplar, the tool was used by students after unpacking the qualities of a strong opinion paragraph. There is also an opportunity for more teacher direction with this tool, where teachers select the goals and criteria for students to reflect and learn from.
The “Looking at Learning” tool is meant to provide a snapshot of student learning connected to a specific goal in a subject area at a select point in time. Students reflect on where they are at within the learning process, how they know, and where they would like to focus on next. The proficiency scale used in the tool with the maple leaves match the model of assessment in Bergström’s own classroom. An additional tool was created using language from British Columbia’s current proficiency scale.
Both of these tools support SRL in the classroom by providing a tangible means of tracking student learning throughout a cycle of strategic action. The “Self Check” can be a resource in helping students within all stages: Deciding, Planning, Doing, and Reflecting. The “Looking at Learning” tool can be pivotal in the Reflection stage where students monitor their progress and answer the questions to reflect on their goals and success criteria. These tools have been instrumental in developing students’ sense of goal ownership and growth.