How can we flip assessment to build a PBL culture?

It’s been said a parent is a child’s first teacher. When a toddler attempts to talk or walk or feed himself or herself, the parent applauds the success or provides feedback on how to succeed. This transaction – rooted in language – fosters a child’s social cognition, which develops metamemory, the precursor to metacognitive thinking.

If we want to foster academic self-sufficiency, we must inculcate the notion within our students that they are their own first assessor.

That means educators must establish a classroom culture and offer tools to foster metacognition and student self-assessment. As the Dewey quote below suggests, we must reshape “educative growth” as more than students generating correct answers.