How Are Projects Evaluated? A well designed project has embedded in it continuing opportunities for assessing its own worth and the children's individual achievements. For example, students can keep records, journals, and progress reports documenting concepts acquired or new ideas discovered. Discoveries about the most efficient ways to do things can also be documented by students so they can be practiced in the future. Teachers notes regarding student efforts dispositions, feelings, use of key ideas and concepts to explain their understandings can be kept. Discussion throughout the project can be used to guide student thinking towards additional areas of investigation. Artifacts can be shown or displayed as evidence of understanding as well as props for extended discussions.
Exhibitions can be preserved on internet sites for others who might be interested in the project. In addition, written articles in newsletters about progress on project goals or activities completed can be distributed to parents, other music teachers, and administrators.
The key thing to remember about the evaluation component of a project is that it considers the extent to which students have derived meaning from their involvement in the various activities and learning opportunities and the extent to which students' intellectual, musical, and social development have been enhanced.