As teachers, we know that student expectations play an important role in student learning. It is important for students to set appropriately high and challenging goals. And it is our task as teachers to help each and every student meet or exceed those expectations.
One quick and effective way for teachers to get a better understanding of what expectations students have set for themselves is to ask them to predict their performance on an assessment. In fact, researchers have found that student expectations (i.e., getting students to self-report or predict their score) is the highest influencer of student learning (Hattie, 2009, 2012).
In Naiku, getting students to predict their score on an assessment is easy to do. All you have to do is make sure that the “Ask for prediction” checkbox is left checked under Options (see screenshot below) when you create an assessment.
When students take the assessment, as part of the overall assessment instructions, they will see instructions to predict their score. Students simply need to move the slider between 0 and 100 to give their estimate of how well they think they will do on the assessment.
When you compare the predicted scores with the actual scores that the students receive, you will have a better understanding of the expectations that your students have set for themselves. It is important to review and compare these scores periodically so that you can help your students set high and challenging goals and guide them to meet or exceed those expectations.