If our children are going to drive their own learning, they need to develop an understanding of themselves as learners so can articulate their strengths and next learning steps. As part of writing learning in Term One, the children co-constructed the writing process and discussed the features of great writing across a range of text types. We explained to the children that we wanted to share the responsibility for assessing their writing with them by using the same writing matrix. Our goal is for the children to use this tool to help drive their own learning as it provides direction for future learning. The teachers worked with the children to support them to assess themselves on the matrix, highlighting what they had achieved and their next learning steps. The children are now starting to add their own evidence to support their assessments.