Student Reflection and Confidence

Teachers have been using formative assessment in their classroom for years.  But with newer technology and Naiku, we talk to teachers about using reflection and journaling as part of their formative assessment, and why it is so beneficial to students.

Reflection and Journaling

Students use reflection to think about how they answered each question.  This is a meta-cognitive exercise that helps the “neurons get firing” as students become aware of their own learning.  Journaling is a feature we implemented from feedback from students – they wanted a place to expand on their reflections.
student reflection options
Formative assessment becomes extra powerful when it creates a feedback loop between the teacher and student. Teachers can leave feedback on student assessments – redirecting students if they’re making simple mistakes or if they misidentify their mistake in the journal entry. A simple and straightforward way to establish a teaching and learning relationship with the student.

Confidence Check

Using confidence checks on a short quiz are a fantastic way for students to gain insight into how well they know a subject. Teachers can look at this data quickly to see how confident their classroom is, and check the confidence of individual students.



Often teachers want to utilize pre-existing multiple-choice questions because they’re already ready to go.  But often a level of fidelity is lost with this question type.  A student may answer a question incorrectly, but actually have a strong grasp of the concept.  So teachers can regain insight, we enable teachers to ask students for their answer rationale by “telling more.”


Read more about confidence checking and reflection.


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