Documentation:TWP2015/Self Assessment

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The 6 facets of understanding and accompanying rubric were developed by Grant Wiggins and Jay McTighe and published in their book Understanding by Design in 2005. They are concerned about the way in which understanding develops and might be assessed. A more detailed rubric for assessing understanding is referenced at the end of the page.

6 Facets of Understanding

  • Explain: provide thorough, supported and justifiable accounts of phenomena, facts and data.
  • Interpret: tell meaningful stories; offer apt translations; provide a revealing historical/personal dimension to ideas and events through images, analogies or models.
  • Apply: effectively use and adapt knowledge in diverse contexts.
  • Offer perspective: see points of view; offer critical analysis; see big picture.
  • Empathize: find value in what others might find implausible; perceive sensitively.
  • Show self knowledge: perceive habits of mind that both shape and impede understanding, be aware of what is not understood and why it is hard to understand.

How to Use This Self Assessment

  • print a copy (see the print/export options on the left menu) OR use this reference as a guide for your weekly, personal reflection.
  • reflect on the activities you engaged in during the week.
  • consider the facets of understanding and the 6 Facets of Understanding associated rubric. Note the rubric gives details about each facet and levels of progression. You may find it helpful to reflect on some of these facets of understanding as you engage with readings, video, interactions with each other and the resources you choose to help you build your course.
  • use the rubric as a guide to give yourself a rating if you find that it's helpful to your learning. You may rate yourself on all or just a few of the 6 facets.
  • try to come up with some things you could do to move forward in your understanding related to the facets you gave yourself a rating on.

Guide for Reflection

Facet of Understanding Summary Description Self Rating * see rubric below
Explain provide thorough, supported and justifiable accounts of phenomena, facts and data.
Interpret tell meaningful stories; offer apt translations; provide a revealing historical/personal dimension to ideas and events through images, analogies or models.
Apply effectively use and adapt knowledge in diverse contexts.
Offer perspective see points of view; offer critical analysis; see big picture.
Empathize find value in what others might find implausible; perceive sensitively.
Show self knowledge perceive habits of mind that both shape and impede understanding, be aware of what is not understood and why it is hard to understand.

6 Facets of Understanding Rubric

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Reflection Notes:

Weekly Self Assessment/Reflection

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