Just as our resources pointed out this week, students learn best by showing what they know. This form of doing is a project based learning. As a third grade teacher, I enjoy providing my students with performance task and projects to allow them a chance to develop a deeper understanding of the standards that we are currenlty addressing. However, in the state of Georgia, third grade is considered a “critical year” in which students must pass certain portions of our state high stakes test in order to advance to fourth grade. I strongly feel that students learn best by doing especially because doing helps to promote long term memory of skills and standards. However, in my classroom I often find myself incorporate some form of testing that does not meet this mold simply because I feel that it is also my job to teach my students strategies to show what they know on a multiple choice test since they will have to be able to do this at the end of their third grade year. Since research is currently proving, and has been proving for several years, that a project based approach is very effective in education, I feel that many states should revisit how they assess student performance and consider something more along the project based lines.
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