If we can use AFL strategies to get students to monitor their own progress and to use feedback to guide their learning, then we have truly accomplished something. Here is an example of how that might be done. This specific example is for a French 2 class. However, it's really a vocabulary example and could be used in any classroom where vocabulary was being taught. Actually, it could probably be applied many more situations than just vocabulary.

Each student receives a Progress Check Sheet at the beginning of the unit of study. The Progress Check Sheet includes all the vocabulary they will be learning during the unit. At the end of EACH class period, the students assess how well they know the vocabulary. It is important that this be done EACH day. There should never be a day when students don't receive some sort of feedback that they can use to guide their learning. In the end, the Progress Check Sheet becomes a personalized study guide. It won't surprise me, though, if a lot of kids don't need to study the night before the test. Assessing themselves each day is almost guaranteed to increase learning such that cramming before the test will no longer be necessary.

Here's an example of what the Progress Check Sheet might look like:

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  • In any job that a student might have someday in their future, self assessment is a skill that must be learned,  There is no better time to begin than in the classroom. This enables students (future employee) to learn to be honest and recognize their weaknesses and learn to address them to the teacher (future boss).  This enables the teacher (future boss) to teach, guide, and help these individuals be successful in their learning and/or performance on a job.  Communication skills will be greatly improved between the student and the teacher (boss) thus enabling both parties to reach common goals.

  • S. Hanna, B. Baker, T Luby, A. Karrs, B McElwain, B Rose,

    Real time feedback for students and teachers.

    The white boards are a user friendly tool for the students and teacher in the CR.

  • Students would benefit from knowing what they are expected to know and would be able to see their improvements.   One concern is whether students can assess their own level of understanding.   Sometimes they have seen material and are familiar with it, but have not mastered the content.   This definitely increases student responsibility for their own learning.

  • Susan Says: in relation to the chart - very fair. Not so sure that the textbook doesn't provide this.


    Anne says: it gives the kids what they need to know, how long they have to do it, clarity of what they need to know

  • immediate feedback


    daily, comprehensive, everything we need as teachers and students


  • There is some teaching going on for areas of work ethic. They are rewarded for there own efforts in monitoring their own progress.
  • This gives the student an opportunity to gauge his or her own progress, and also monitor where improvement (or practice) is needed. There is also feedback on successes.
  • Students are monitoring their own progress

    It is a daily check for student monitoring

    It increases learning so the student isn't cramming the night before the exam

    Good visual for students to refer back to determine their strengths & weaknesses


  • Students are in charge of their own learning...they see daily improvements... they are clear on what they are expected to know.
  • It is a  student self check and the teacher self check.  It makes sure the teacher goes over all the material planned for the test and the student knows what is expected.  The assessment is not a mystery.   
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