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Re: [teacherartexchange] Elementary portfolios?


From: M. Austin (whest177_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Thu Aug 04 2005 - 23:03:17 PDT

My portfolios are 18x24" tagboard, folded in 1/2 to make them 12x18", taped
along one edge. This leaves two open edges, making it super easy for the
students to slide their artwork in and out without smushing it. I do grade
each artwork, but I do it by walking around the room with a clipboard and a
spreadsheet. I jot down on a 1-10 scale on effort and concept, and I am
required to give a grade for behavior. This one is easy - if I have to get
after a student I dock a point. I give 10 points per 9 weeks, and rarely do
I have a student with less than 7 behavior points. I do not grade on
completed artwork, since if a student is absent one day that may mean they
don't get a chance to finish. I cannot offer additional time for them to
come in and work due to my schedule. I do give them one class period at the
end of each semester to finish up any projects that need more time. I
usually end up with 5-7 grades per 9 weeks - 2 per project, and one
behavior. Grades 3-6 we usually complete 2 projects per 9 weeks, primary
grades end up with 5-6 projects (of which I grade 2-3 of these). I try to
make it as quick and efficient as I can, since I also have to enter them
into the computer. And students rarely ask what grade they received on a
project - which makes me curious - do others have elementary students that
are interested in their art grades?

I saw a rubric at the KAEA conference last year that I really liked -
students filled them out and attached them to the back of their artwork. I
like the idea, and I like the concept of giving feedback, but I don't know
how to work this in time wise. Do you write grades on the artworks, and how
do you manage this efficiently? With my being in 2 towns, 3 buildings daily,
and having paper to cut, grading to do, glue bottles to fill, watercups to
clean, and all the other thousand things that art teachers do, I need
something that is efficient. Ideas???
K-12 Kansas Art Teacher

>Right now, every student has a "folder" they keep their
> work-in-progress in (a 12" x 18" piece of white paper, folded in
> half)--which is in a folder for their table--which is in a folder for
> their day of the week (everything color coded).I have two sehelves in a
> cupboard I keep those in. So, I guess it wouldn't be that difficult to
> just have them keep all their 2-d projects in that folder during the year.
> I could visualize having them make a tagboard portfolio to take it all
> home in at the end of the year.........Again--I'm curious as to your
> grading system--do you grade each individual piece? And have that grade on
> the piece?
> I appreciate the feedback......a case of teaching an old dog new
> tricks.......I'm looking for the best educational value, (but also easier
> for me, as well......what you have to do, I think, when you see so many
> kids, or instant burnout is the result).
> Mary H.
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>>I keep a word document on my computer for each class. When I do a project
>>I write up a short description of the project, a copy of the reproduction
>>or visual that I used, vocabulary words,
>>math/reading/science/history/geography concepts addressed, and anything
>>else that will help jog the student's memory as well as educate the
>>parents on the learning that takes place. At the end of the year I print
>>out a copy for the student to put in their portfolio. I'm assuming that
>>you do the same, or very similiar projects within each grade, so if you
>>teach K-3, that is only 4 running documents to track. If you send these
>>home at tri-mester do you then make new ones up? I know from past
>>experience that I would get maybe 5 back per class if I sent things home.
>> I hang up the artwork by class, and I hang everyone's up. The only time I
>> single out specific artworks is for my webpage and for the museum
>> exhibit. I no longer give classroom teachers artwork to hang up mainly
>> because I had a parent compliment my project to the classroom teacher and
>> that teacher took credit for the lesson. So now I display all projects
>> down my hall.
>> ~Michal
>> K-12 Kansas Art Teacher
>>> Do you include any information on the artworks in the portfolio--so
>>> parents know what the projects were about? My colleague (who teaches
>>> 4th & 5th grade--I have K-3rd) uses portfolios. She hands them back at
>>> the end of each trimester, along with a summary sheet of some sort for
>>> parents. She gives the portfolios to the homeroom teachers to hand out.
>>> Parents can come and talk to her about them during conferences. It
>>> seems to work for her. (Do the kids bring the folders back to art class?
>>> hmmm....I don't know about that, will have to ask her.)
>>> Another question: Do you display every classroom's work during the year?
>>> I'm trying to visualize how this could work for me. I have 26 classes
>>> per week. And, my goal is to display every child's work in the hallway
>>> at least once during the year. I always pull out 4or 5 of the most
>>> successful pieces from each class for a display (and keep track of which
>>> kids have had their work up.) Then I give the rest of the work to the
>>> classroom teachers, who generally put them up in or outside their
>>> room--which they love. I always give them information sheets about the
>>> project to display with the work, as well. I suppose I could still do
>>> that--and then have them return the work to me...........forgive my
>>> rambling, and thanks for your feedback.
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