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Re: allowing to fail, but grading work


Date: Sun Dec 07 2003 - 08:25:39 PST

I can certainly relate to this thread and I'm curious about how you decide on
grading projects that are broken or unfinished. We've recently been making
hand-built clay houses in art. One student dropped his after a great deal of
work - probably one of the few assignments he's done this semester, but he
wouldn't make another. Several other students found they really did need to be
more careful about scoring and adding coils on the interior, since their joints
split when drying or firing, even though these were dried slowly. For
students who made another, I gave full credit. For those who refused to make
another, I gave half-credit. I think maybe that was even too much. My biggest
challenge this year has been to fight the "one-day-one-assignment-one-grade"
thinking that seems to be going on with these kids. They are very happy to
have a worksheet to complete and turn in. They will work hard on these with
little in the way of classroom disturbance or talking. When they are finished
they feel relieved. On the other hand, those who perservered were thrilled
with the work they turned out. Genie Holt, Wickenburg