There are many methods and resources that can be used for self-assessment, but the following strategies are excellent starting points to support this valuable practice:
Exemplars: An exemplar is a model or example of what needs to be accomplished. Quite often, an exemplar demonstrates what it means to go above and beyond. If exemplars have been provided, they can be referred to throughout all stages of an assessment. It is important to use these as guides and not as personal copies for submission. Personal voice, choice, knowledge, and understanding are all very important when referencing an exemplar.
Rubrics: Many assessments include a rubric. Rubrics can look different across subjects and schools, but they all serve the same purpose: to communicate what it means to be proficient in a learning objective. It is important to carefully read a rubric and ask questions to clarify what is being asked. Before submitting work for assessment, actively compare/contrast completed work to the assessment criteria on the rubric, and keep these three questions in mind:
Has the learning objective been achieved?
What is missing in regards to the learning objective?
What steps are needed to achieve the learning objective?
Reference previously provided feedback: Throughout a unit, feedback is provided in many forms - oral, written, and visual. Access previously provided feedback and compare and contrast this to the assessment task. Use critical thinking skills to assess what can be applied to the task at hand.
In SpacesEDU, many teachers add curriculum tags to student posts. The specific criteria within the learning objective can be referenced by hovering the cursor over the tag.