Document and Evaluate the Learning
It's important to make time at the end of a project for students to evaluate, discuss and document what they’ve learned. This step helps students do the following:
- Retain newly acquired knowledge and skills.
- Share their accomplishments with others, including their school-day teachers (think: “extra credit”).
- Give and receive feedback on their work.
- Break down the academic and 21st century skills they have learned.
Keep It Simple
Your students’ project documentation may be as simple as listing the goals created at the beginning of the project and checking off the ones that were met. It can also include a recording of the Showtime event, news article or portfolios. Think about using rubrics as a tool to help students evaluate each other's final work. Rubrics are a great way to set clear expectations on things like overall quality of the work; how well students worked together as a team; and details such as grammar, spelling and punctuation.
This kind of documentation gives your students something to look back on as they embark on new projects. Over time, such documentation can also help your students see how their knowledge and skills have grown! Don't wait until the very end of the project to think about this step — it should be built into the project plan from the beginning.