A fundamental element of our work with the pupils of the International Classes is peer and self-evaluation. Our teaching philosophy is permeated by the principle that it is helpful for the pupils’ development to take learning into their own hands, as early as possible in their school life. Therefore, self-reflection with regard to the learning process is fundamental. Such reflection is harvested and encouraged by the Class and Subject teachers, and recorded at the start of the school year, as well as per trimester. Pupils have the possibility of making their target predictions in different subjects; follow the progress of their knowledge and timely reflect when improvement is needed. Pupils also develop their friendly critical spirit when given the opportunity to express a critical opinion in class, and get the tools to a healthy, social, argument-based debate. The help and encouragement of parents during the entire process is welcomed and considered very important.
Peer and self-evaluation aims at developing the above-mentioned skills in our pupils, but is clearly distinct from pupil assessment which, naturally, is an attribute of our teachers as course leaders.