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Re: Art awards

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Sheryl Ann McCoy (smccoy)
Sun, 30 Aug 1998 09:00:06 -0700

Seems to me that middle school students, historically through their development, are more comfortably collaborative than competitive.
If I was pressed, I would gear my awards to complement that aspect of the student's emotional development.
There is ANOTHER, more positive (I think) way you could have awards for your students from regional or national activity participation, such as, the ones that NASA AND NSTA (National Science Teachers Association) cosponsor. There are several creative contests where all participants receive a certificate of acknowledgement.

A fellow teacher and I participated in this with third grade classes. The program is called SSIP(Space Science Student Involvement Program). It is intended for students 3-5, plus there are others. I am including the NSTA web address, and you can also look at the NASA homepage for information.
Link address:

Check with your state's math organization, they may sponsor some similar "contests". I always check to see if children get a certificate first. The KATM (Kansas Association of Teachers of Mathematics) sponsors two related to Art: Math 'n Art and Tesselations, so you probably can get hooked into a similar activity in your state.
Hope this helps,

On Sat, 29 Aug 1998 20:40:41 Litesal wrote:
>Dear Colleagues,
>I asked this question earlier, as part of another letter. I didn't really
>get any responses to this particular part, so I'm going to try again. I
>hope you don't mind!
>Each year, during the "Moving On" (to middle school) ceremony for our fifth
>graders, we give certificates for all sorts of achievements, academic, band,
>physical education, etc. It has been suggested that I give awards for art
>achievement. I'm not sure how I feel about this, or what criteria I would
>use. I don't like to set up a competitive environment in the art room...and
>I can think of some (perfectionist) students who would turn off if they did
>not meet the criteria and would not get the award.
>I'd like your opinions about whether you think these awards are a good idea
>(or not), and if yes, what criteria would you use?

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