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The ID process is sometimes criticized for being, too focused on student assessment, I think is an unfair criticism. I think the student assessments are helpful in the way we develop and refine our ability to teach effectively with service-learning. How else can we see how effective our teaching is without giving student assessments to see how they are developing, how they are processing information and how well they are preforming new skills. If students are failing a class, or having trouble with a certain class and it is more than one student, it makes it easy for us to refine our lesson, and maybe redesign it as a whole. Their assessment are almost like our report card, shows us what is working and what is not, without that how will we know the lesson is affective.

Personally, I think the most important student assessments are projects. The teacher gives emphasis to distinctive features and also giving learners and idea what they will be able to do by the end of instruction. Having guidelines helps makes sure students are learning what they need to finish the project and achieve their and our goals for them. Projects also help give individuality and some freedom to the students with a bit of creativity. Once projects are completed we can see if they completed all guidelines and if they did the students passed the assessments and were able to independently complete them. Projects help give real world experience to students by making them think and use all the knowledge they have gained and apply it towards this goal. The teacher helps the students in understanding by providing organization and relevance this show a demonstration on learning. This also gives learners some type of satisfaction or reward from a learning experience.

In further, I think homework is a good assessment. I think this because it helps test small bits of new knowledge and builds upon that knowledge as they lessons progress. This helps gage the student and teacher on the amount of knowledge being processed and successfully give the students the skills they need. This is enhancing retention and transfer making the teacher provide varied practice to generalize the capability of the student. This helps provide feedback to student and teacher on the student’s performance.

Therefore, I would change the assessment demands on tests on students with more homework and a final project. Eliminates tests yet still test students on everything they learned by applying it all to a final project. This eliminates frequents test with homework that applies the knowledge and reduces the demands on students with a not so intimidating homework instead of intimidating tests. The less class time on test the more there is left for lecture and individual time with students on homework and projects. This also gives learners some type of satisfaction or reward from a learning experience. Courses should be designed to allow learners to share experiences; to include aids that help relate new material to current knowledge and prior experiences; to provide graphics, examples, cases, analogies, and activities; to include checkpoints; and to allow learners to be self-directed.

In conclusion, projects help give implications to instructional design by giving, professional development, and student retention. They can also help teachers evaluate the effectiveness of their own teaching.