Self-Assessment Rubric

A Compassionate Leadership Group Activity

Compassionate citizens display many different positive traits and, young or old, challenging ourselves to improve on those traits helps us to become the best humans we can be. This activity will get you or your group thinking about the traits needed to be a compassionate leader and/or citizen and assess the traits you already have and how to strengthen them.

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WHAT IS A COMPASSIONATE CITIZEN MADE OF?

First, review and discuss the 9 traits of a compassionate leader and/or citizen. Can your group provide examples of what each of them looks like in real life?
Compassionate Traits

SELF-ASSESSMENT

Group leaders, pass out a self-assessment rubric to each group member to assess their strength on each of the traits. This exercise should be completed individually and confidentially.
Group Assessment Rubric

CREATE A GROUP CHART

Group leaders, collect all of the individual self-assessments. Create a group chart by tallying how many people chose "strength," "neutral," and "needs improvement" for each category. Keep students' responses anonymous while doing this. Highlight the group strengths and then discuss how the group can improve their weaknesses. Save a copy of this chart to refer back to.
Group Assessment Rubric

DURING YOUR PROJECT

Throughout the service project, refer to the group chart and the traits of a compassionate leader and/or citizen. Recognize when you or a member of your group displays one of the traits.
Compassionate Traits

AFTER YOUR PROJECT

  • At the end of the project, complete steps 1-3 again. Compare the first group chart to the second to assess the group’s growth. Was there a big change? Celebrate how far you’ve come as a group! Don’t forget to share your group rubrics on your Project Profile Page.
  • After group members have completed a second self-assessment, hand back their first assessment so that they can compare their answers and recognize their own growth as a compassionate leader and/or citizen.

EXTENSION ACTIVITY

Evaluation Peers: After completing the individual rubrics, you can distribute another chart. This time, group members don't evaluate themselves, but instead assess one of their peers. They can rate their peers on how often they exhibit each trait. Anonymous evaluations encourage honesty. You can do this again at the end of the project and share with each group member to see how their peers evaluated them. Or maybe do peer evaluations mid-way through your project so they can see how they may be improving!
Self-Assessment Rubric
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