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Teacher: Jo Ann Calvanico who teaches at Leman Manhattan Preparatory School in New York, NY. Jo Ann Calvanico can be contacted at

Name of Best Practice: Swimming Unit Self-Assessment

Rationale/Purpose of Event: To have students self-assess their swimming skills at the end of each unit so I can get a sense on how they are progressing. Based on my students feedback I either stay on a unit 2 weeks longer and then re-do the self-assessment or move on to the next unit.

Suggested Grade Level: 3-5, 6-8

Materials Needed: Bulletin board (see picture), colored paper, different colored stickers to represent each grade.

Swimming Unit Self-Assessment

In terms of assessment my school is a standards based (learning) grading school. On the board you can place your essential question, state standards and reporting benchmarks. There are 4 columns:

Exceeding Expectations (EE)
Meeting Expectations (ME)
Approaching Expectations (AE)
Below Expectations (BE)

To the right of the columns are the skill categories. These categories could be based on any skill that you have already taught your students. I am a swim instructor so my board reflects 3 of the 4 major swimming strokes (freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke).

At the end of each unit students get to put a sticker under one of the 4 columns based on the way they feel they execute that particular skill. Use different color stickers to represent different grades. Based on my students feedback I will either stay on that particular unit for 2 weeks longer and then re-do the self assessment or move on to the next unit.


This board self-assessment can be used to find out what your students know prior to starting a unit as the column headings could be changed.

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Posted on PEC: 2/19/2016 and has received 3 votes.

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