Self-assessment means self-awareness
By Nena A.A. Chalhoub
The purpose of the assessment is to give teenagers opportunities to demonstrate their understanding of content, concepts, and skills to provide feedback in order to improve their learning.
Assessment is a critical aspect of the learning process, it determines whether or not the causes learning objectives have been met. It’s a key component of learning, the grades of the exams show how much the students have learned and applied. It helps teachers as much as it helps the student to define what they need to know. An assessment provides an essential pattern for the teenagers’ decision about what to major in.
Assessment has to be honest, it helps them to understand who they are, become aware of their strengths, weaknesses, and feelings. This is how they will figure out how to make a decision based on this knowledge. They will realize that to improve there is hard work.
The cycle starts by assessing themselves, plan, implement, correct, re-assess, adjust, plan then try again.
A SWOT analysis for goal setting [Strengths | Weaknesses | Opportunities | Threats] is a great tool for helping students be realistic about what they can really achieve.
To handle a personal SWOT analysis for goal setting, for the life and education aspects they are considering, just write down everything they can think of in each category – strength | weakness | opportunity | threat – whether they think it’s really relevant or not.
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Identify key strengths that will ultimately help them achieve their goals. Not all of their strengths will help them achieve their goals – they may be a brilliant violin player, but this probably won’t help them get fit!
Teenagers also need to identify which of their weaknesses are likely to get in the way of their achievements. Again, not all weaknesses will jeopardize their ability to achieve goals, but they need to identify which ones matter for them and their ability to succeed.
Once they have got it all down, they need to stand back and take a look at the result. What’s missing? What are the recurring ideas? Where are the connections between the life and education aspects? Are there any other aspects that are more or less apparent after this process?
The next step is to take this ‘brainstormed’ information and gain some real insight from their results. Now they need to highlight the key items. The outcome you want from the SWOT analysis for goal setting for each aspect is a short list of:
- What opportunities are best for them to pursue
- What internal strengths they can use to enhance their pursuit of these opportunities
- What threats they need to eliminate/minimise
- What internal strengths they can use to overcome these threats
- What strengths they should consider making stronger to further enhance their ability to pursue their goals
- What weaknesses they need to improve on, or manage so that they don’t impede their goal setting.
Teens have to assess themselves frequently when they know themselves more and track their improvement, they will know their values and the values of others. It’s where they can plan ahead, take action, correct what they did wrong, adjust, plan then take action again.
Self-awareness and self-assessment are fundamental to make a change. When they don’t know themselves it’s hard to change. Teens must learn how to correct themselves, this makes them concentrate and Discover their mistakes their weaknesses and their strengths. when they discovered what they did wrong, why and how to correct it.
The teenagers’ improvement increases drastically around 40% after few months.
Assessment is essential for a career decision. It will make the teenagers aware of their future and what to major in. This tool will define the career that fits their skills and what they love.
Kids have dreams of what they want to become since they were little but as they grow their interests start to change. They would like to do other things but they have no clue how these skills habits and interest will be translated into their future career. On top of that, there are the voices around telling them who they are and what they should be. It’s really hard to face and resist these voices if they don’t really know themselves. The usual scenario that they might end up with a career that is not for them.
Learning self-assessment will make them know who they are, what they love, then to prepare for that. They must explore the career they want and love. They will spend the majority of their life at work.
To succeed you must love what you do because 80% depends on their purpose and their emotions.
Statistics show that up to 70% off students switch their major the first year, and 22% switch their majors the second or third year.
Using the wheel of life, Teenagers will be able to reflect and gain some insight into the balance of life and how satisfied they are in life’s different areas.
the Wheel of Life, split into major categories of life. They will identify areas to focus on, and get a great visual representation first at their current situation than where they need to make a progress to create a life balance.
Wheel of life
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- Put a small dot representing where they are today by asking for example:
Why did you score yourself in each category the way you did?
What is my ideal score for each category to achieve in the next month, 3 months, 6 months, one year?
Where are my biggest gaps in satisfaction levels?
Which area of my life do I primarily want to focus on to enhance my satisfaction levels?
An important thing to remember is that this is your Wheel of life. Is your current wheel crooked or is it balanced?
This will show the teens how much balance they have in their lives and the areas that need to be improved.
- Circle the number representing where they want to be in your future.
Afterwards, let them consider their first wheel made the dots if this is wheels shape of their car, What would happen if they are driving 100km/h on the highway?
That test will make them realize the importance of having a work-life balance and the inconvenient side effect on their lives.
- Let them take immediate action by answering these questions.
What are the top 3 areas, you are interested in improving?
Self-assessment will lead to self-knowledge, self-development and most of all will improve drastically self-confidence.
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