This enquiry was designed to assess how the use of traffic lights can help children to identify their success. We chose this topic as each of our classes implemented traffic lighting as a self-assessment strategy, however we also felt like although it was a very useful tool for the children, too often this was used incorrectly by the pupils. Formative assessment is vital to help the children to understand their own success. Self-assessment allows children to measure their own success and can help to enhance the pupils learning.
Our group consisted of 5 Primary teachers ranging from P2 to P6. Traffic light systems are used to gain the classes understanding of a specific topic, influencing teacher judgement and the preparation of future lessons, in this instance we all chose to focus on literacy. At the start of each lesson, the pupil were provided with their success criteria, which they could refer back to once the task had been completed. The children provided a coloured dot on their work giving a green dot if they thought they had been successful, orange if they felt they had almost achieved success on all criteria, or red if they felt like they needed to do more work on it before they could be successful.
To conclude, the use of traffic lights as a self-assessment tool to help the pupils identify their own success is beneficial. Providing the success criteria was displayed for the children to refer back to and assess against, traffic lighting to help pupils understand their successes showed to have great benefits. The use of traffic lights allowed for the children and the teacher to evaluate the same piece of work, focussing on the success criteria. The self-assessment method allows the teacher to plan for future lessons, while helping the children recognise their own next steps, helping them to take ownership of their learning.