At the conclusion of the year-long service learning project, you will assess each of your gifted students, and they should also reflect and assess themselves. Although you may not have to give grades in your gifted program, it is still important to use a project assessment tool, so students can learn and improve for future projects. Again, use your monthly assessments to fill out the end-of-the-year report:
Name of Gifted Student:
Year-long service learning project:
A list of skills and objectives met during the project:
A list of skills and objectives to work on for next year:
Successes with the project (This section of the project assessment tool would be for the gifted teacher to comment on successful parts of the project such as: "Bob raised $250 to buy animals with Heifer International. He had a successful bake sale at the local grocery store every Saturday in October.")
Lessons learned: (This section would be for the teacher to gently comment on any thing the student tried that was not successful. For example, if the student tried to set up a recycling program for the whole school, but he was overwhelmed with the amount of paper to recycle, the teacher could say: "Joey had a great idea to recycle paper in the school. Next year if we try this again, we should find a larger room for the paper.)
Gifted and talented students should receive assessments on projects they complete throughout the year even if it is a service learning project and they will not receive a grade.