Self-Evaluation Reflective Essay Introduction

Below we offer two examples of thoughtful reflective essays that effectively and substantively capture the author's growth over time at California State University Channel Islands (CI). We suggest that you write your own essay before reading either of these models-then, having completed your first draft, read these over to consider areas in your own background that you have not yet addressed and which may be relevant to your growth as a reader, writer, or thinker.

Any reference to either of these essays must be correctly cited and attributed; failure to do so constitutes plagiarism and will result in a failing grade on the portfolio and possible other serious consequences as stated in the CSUCI Code of Conduct.

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Students are an intrinsic part of the information sharing process. They can reflect on their learning and be involved in a number of ways.

Student-led conferences

Student-led conferences are an increasingly common way for schools to carry out some of their information sharing with parents. They give students an opportunity to share with their growth as a learner with their parents. Find out more about student-led conferences below:

Student reflection in written reports

Students can reflect on their learning as part of the school’s written reporting process. Students could write a letter to their parents or complete a template to insert into the report.

The letter or template could include some reflection stems such as:

  • I feel good about…
  • I used to… but now I…
  • Two things I will remember about what I have learnt over the last 6 months are…
  • A strategy that really helped me learn better is…
  • If I could do something again differently, I would…
  • One thing I will remember to do in the future is…
  • One thing I really want to learn is...

Student self-assessment

Students could complete six-monthly self-assessments that are related to their important learning goals. They could develop criteria with the teacher and then assess themselves at two time points using a tool such as the one below.

These assessments could also be shared with parents during student-led conferences, through portfolios or through inserting them into written reports.

Download a template of this diagram here.

Template Student self assessment of learning dispositions (Word 2007 78 KB)

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Effective reporting involves each child in taking increasing responsibility for his or her own learning. Students need to be clear about: what they have learnt, which learning strategies were successful, what they need to focus on next and why it is important. (Principle 4)

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