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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  • tremendous amount of feedback for both students and teachers, shows gradual learning....retention vs memorization, addresses Blooms and various comprehension benchmarks.

  • It provides daily assessment. The students are aware of their own progress, and they know the vocabulary they need to study. It is ungraded. It provides self-assessment. This chart could be used in a simpler format in an elementary classroom. This document also provides feedback for the student and the teacher.
  • It allows kids to take ownership in their learning.
    It gives kids and teachers a clear focus for instruction.
    Allows itself to be used across classes and subjects.
    Removes pressure of knowing everything NOW.
  • This is a good example of the student's using feedback to assess their own learning.
  • Good idea....keeps students involved and focused. Could be used in different subjects.
  • It is a good daily assessment and could be applied to other subject areas.
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