S.A.L.F : Self Assessment Folders For Learning
Self Assessment and Learning Folders, SALF was produced in Ireland to provide teachers with a structured framework that bridges teacher-led learning and assessment with child-led learning and assessment.
SALF is based on socio-constructionist principles of learning and provides a framework for teachers that enable children to become more active in their own learning and in the assessment of that learning. SALF outlines classroom practices that support and enhance children’s assessment and learning using methodologies that best develop children’s competencies for peer and self-assessment.
Researched and piloted in Irish schools, SALF has been designed for Irish school children and their teachers, parents, guardians or carers. It clearly outlines the steps involved in creating, compiling and completing Self Assessment and Learning Folders with Junior, Middle and Senior Classes in the Primary school. It includes strategies for supporting the involvement of parents/guardians/carers and others in the process. SALF provides a framework for children to present evidence of their work and their assessment of that work across all curricular areas and beyond.
Over the course of the year the folder provides evidence of children’s achievements
in all curricular areas and importantly, confirmation of the decisions they have made
to identify this work as an achievement. In that sense the SALF folders are evidence
of children’s learning as well as providing a source of information that can be used by
them to make assessment decisions about that learning.