Goal: Familiarize your students with ACES and have them reflect on their personal scores, considering both their strengths and their areas for improvement. Note: Your students will need access to LaunchPad and ACES to complete this activity.
If you haven't already, have your students take the ACES Initial Report through LaunchPad. Then, have them read their personalized score report and reflect on their results by answering the following questions in writing:
-Which category is your highest? Your lowest?
-What is your Critical Thinking score? (percentile)
Were you surprised by any of your scores? Was it a positive or negative surprise? Please explain.
Did any of your scores reassure you? Confuse you? Inspire you? Please explain.
In pairs, groups, or as a class, have students share their responses to the two questions above (please do not ask them to share their scores). Then, ask them what concrete things they've done to maximize their strength area, and what concrete things they could do in the future to gain strength in their weakest area.
For a wrap-up activity, have students respond to the following prompt:
Compose a 1-page paper reflecting on and analyzing the Critical Thinking portion of your ACES score report. Do your scores reflect something you already knew about yourself or do they represent new information? Can you identify any themes from the data? Can you make connections to your lived experience or something you learned in the past? How do you plan to apply the information to 1-2 specific things in your life (an assignment for school, a task at work, your career plans...etc.).
Use your answers from the discussion in class to develop your response. Be as specific as you can by both utilizing data from the report and showing evidence of original thinking that analyzes (makes connections, examines relationships, draws conclusions) your data.