ALEX Learning Activity

Self-Evaluation of a Performance Video

A Learning Activity is a strategy a teacher chooses to actively engage students in learning a concept or skill using a digital tool/resource.

  This learning activity provided by:  
Author: Amy Patel
System:Madison City
School:James Clemens High School
  General Activity Information  
Activity ID: 1797
Self-Evaluation of a Performance Video
Digital Tool/Resource:
Performance Self-Evaluation
Web Address – URL:

Theater students will watch a video of their prior performance and evaluate the performance using a rubric and reflective questions.

This activity was created as a result of the Arts COS Resource Development Summit.

  Associated Standards and Objectives  
Content Standard(s):
Arts Education
ARTS (2017)
Grade: 9-12
Theatre: Proficient
14) Respond to what is seen, felt, and heard in a drama/theatre work in order to make artistic choices.

Arts Education
ARTS (2017)
Grade: 9-12
Theatre: Accomplished
15) Develop detailed supporting evidence and criteria to reinforce artistic choices, when participating in or observing a drama/theatre work.

Arts Education
ARTS (2017)
Grade: 9-12
Theatre: Advanced
15) Use detailed supporting evidence and appropriate criteria to revise personal work and interpret the work of others when participating in or observing a drama/theatre work.

Learning Objectives:

Students will be able to evaluate their own performance using given criteria.

Students will be able to describe strengths and weaknesses of the performance. 

Students will be able to set goals for further improvement. 

  Strategies, Preparations and Variations  

Students will watch a video of their own performance TWICE. The first time, they can allow themselves to feel awkward or hypercritical. It's natural to feel that way. The second time they watch the video, encourage them to watch it and pretend that they are NOT watching themselves. They are watching someone who just happens to look like them. They may even decide to give that actor a different name and refer to the actor in third person, as "him" or "her," rather than the first person "me." (NOTE: For some students, this may take several viewings before they are able to distance themselves.)

Using the attached document, students will evaluate their performance according to the given criteria. 

Assessment Strategies:

The teacher may meet with each student to discuss the student's self-evaluation. They may compare the student's self-evaluation with the teacher's evaluation of the performance.

Advanced Preparation:

Teacher modeling is essential for this activity to be effective. The teacher may record their own performance, or use a video from a movie. Together, the teacher and students should watch the video TWICE, just as the students will watch their own video twice. Afterward, the teacher can discuss their evaluations of the performance. 

The teacher will need to print enough rubrics for the entire class.

Each student will need a device to watch their performance.

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