Monday, July 8, 2013

Kindergarten Self-Evaluations

Inherent to the Montessori approach to education is the cultivation of the child's sense of pride and accomplishment in one's work and activities in the classroom.  Lillard (2007) discusses how Montessori students are encouraged to "regulate their own attention" and concentration (p. 182).  Moreover, Montessori education "enhances  children's self-regulation skills... [and they] evaluate their own work with direct feedback from materials, the use of control materials, and their level of success in peer teaching" (Lillard, 2007, p. 182).

I feel it is vitally important to allow time for my students to reflect on their own work and progress.  To that end, I am planning to have my Kindergarteners complete the following Student Self-Evaluation form at the end of each week.  The content of this form was provided to me by one of my cohorts in my Master's program at St. Catherine University.

Kindergarten Student Self- Evaluation form.
Allowing students to reflect on their work and choices in this manner also instills a sense of motivation and self-control as children navigate the classroom.  Ultimately, "a sense of control over one's environment has positive effects on well being" (Lillard, 2007, p. 88).

Lillard, A.S. (2007).  Montessori: The science behind the genius.  New York, NY: Oxford University Press.


  1. This is super cool! Self evaluation is a good way to make a child in junior kindergarten have a clear understanding about about himself and the areas in which he has to bring in improvement. Nice post!

  2. Thanks, Jennifer. I am looking forward to using this as integral learning tool in our environment.