Formal Student Self Evaluation G8 (a la Basquiat!)

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Curricular ties:

Big Idea:
Students will gain valuable insight into their own learning from various formative assessment strategies
Project idea:

StudentSelf-evaluation as a painting, a la Jean-Michel Basquiat

Reelin’ in the year(s).


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Assessment practices have started to change over the last several years with teachers building a larger repertoire of assessment tools and strategies. There is a greater understanding of the importance of timely assessments for learning as well as regular assessments of learning. One type of assessment that has been shown to raise students’ achievement significantly is student self-assessment (Black & William, 1998; Chappuis & Stiggins, 2002; Rolheiser & Ross, 2001; White & Frederiksen, 1998). Confidence and efficacy play a critical role in accurate and meaningful self-assessment and goal-setting. Rolheiser, Bower, and Stevahn (2000) argue that self-confidence influences “[the] learning goals that students set and the effort they devote to accomplishing those goals. An upward cycle of learning results when students confidently set learning goals that are moderately challenging yet realistic, and then exert the effort, energy, and resources needed to accomplish those goals” (p. 35). By explicitly teaching students how to set appropriate goals as well as how to assess their work realistically and accurately, teachers can help to promote this upward cycle of learning and self-confidence (Ross, 2006).  {Text source}

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  • Evaluation is an informed professional judgment about the quality of a child’s work at a point in time. This judgment is based on the student’s best, most consistent work or performance, utilizing established criteria. In kindergarten, evaluation is largely a description of what the teacher has observed in the classroom whereas, in Grades 1–8, it is tied to the levels of achievement described in the Ontario Curriculum documents (Ministry of Education, 2006d, p. 15).

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  • Reflection is an essential component of effective self-assessment; it occurs “when students think about how their work meets established criteria; they analyze the effectiveness of their efforts, and plan for improvement” (Rolheiser, Bower, & Stevahn, 2000, p. 31).
  • Metacognition is “thinking about thinking” (Rolheiser, Bower, & Stevahn, 2000, p. 32). Developing reflective processes can lead to improved metacognition. Rolheiser and colleagues note that when students develop their capacity to understand their own thinking processes, they are better equipped to employ the necessary cognitive skills to complete a task or achieve a goal. They also note that “students who have acquired metacognitive skills are better able to compensate for both low ability and insufficient information” (p. 34). Developing reflective processes can lead to improved metacognition.

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  • Goal-setting is a key component of the self-assessment process, as well as a significant learning skill. In particular, setting goals “helps students who have negative orientations toward learning or who do not have realistic views of their strengths and weaknesses. Teachers can help these students by establishing appropriate goals, selecting effective learning strategies to reach those goals, committing effort toward those goals, and celebrating the results of their performances” (Rolheiser, Bower, & Stevahn, 2000, p. 77)   {Text source}

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But, How should you ‘do’ a self-evaluation?  In this class, we are doing paintings based out of your own writing about your first year her at John Oliver school and using the Artwork of Jean-Michel Basquiat to free up your aesthetic sensibilities


Let us Begin,

Step A:

I would like 20 minutes of writing, please.

Step B:

Now I would like you to think of how can you depict/draw yourself.  But I don’t care for or need a realistic self-portrait!  Think about your writing and the differing situations you wrote about.  How do you think you looked in each situation- Can you see yourself inside out?  I mean see your brain and heart in action- frustration, self-confidence, passion, disparate… you know HighSchool!

10 different sketches.  Chose the best.  It will be you, your ‘pictorial self’.


But first, let’s take a look at the work of Jean-Michel Basquiat.

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“Basquiat” redirects here. For the Julian Schnabel film, see Basquiat (film).
Jean-Michel Basquiat

Jean-Michel Basquiat
Born December 22, 1960
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
Died August 12, 1988 (aged 27)
Manhattan, New York, U.S.
Style Abstraction, figuration
Movement Neo-expressionism, primitivism

Jean-Michel Basquiat (French: [ʒɑ̃ miʃɛl baskija]; December 22, 1960 – August 12, 1988) was an American artist.[1] Born in Brooklyn to a Haitian father and Puerto Rican mother, Basquiat first achieved notoriety as part of SAMO©, an informal graffiti duo who wrote enigmatic epigrams in the cultural hotbed of the Lower East Side of Manhattan during the late 1970s where the hip hop, post-punk, and street art movements had coalesced. By the 1980s, he was exhibiting his neo-expressionist paintings in galleries and museums internationally. The Whitney Museum of American Art held a retrospective of his art in 1992.

Basquiat’s art focused on “suggestive dichotomies“, such as wealth versus poverty, integration versus segregation, and inner versus outer experience.[2] He appropriated poetry, drawing, and painting, and married text and image, abstraction, figuration, and historical information mixed with contemporary critique.[3]

Basquiat used social commentary in his paintings as a “springboard to deeper truths about the individual”,[2] as well as attacks on power structures and systems of racism, while his poetics were acutely political and direct in their criticism of colonialism and support for class struggle.[3] He died of a heroin overdose at his art studio at age 27.[4]

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Step C:

Once you have your pictorial self I want you to illustrate some of the most important points you wrote in Step A.

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5 backgrounds, Please

Step D:

Now combine the best background, or parts of them with your Pictorial self to make a rough draft of your Self Evaluation painting.

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Step E:

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Each student will receive a LARGE sheet of paper.  You will have two or three classes to finish this project.

You can use a combination of any material/medium we have in the classroom:  Paint, Collage, pastel, coloured pencils,


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Students in action:



Selection of Finished work with writting: