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Re: Rubric, Transfer of skill learned, Lesson example

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lindacharlie (lindacharlie)
Sun, 13 Dec 1998 18:50:42 -0500

Thanks, Sue, for sharing these great ideas for using rubrics in
elementary art, and to Sandra (I think) who also responded with her
positive experiences. I learned a lot from both of you about how to use
rubrics successfully. Specifically, I tended to think of them as
necessarily used for grading rather than as a simple tool for guiding
the students in their own production (Duh. What a concept!) I also love
the way Sue has the KIDS write the rubric on the back of their
work..super idea! As is the 6th grade calligraphy lesson. Thanks again.
I hope anyone else out there in ArtsEdNetland with ideas on assessment
for elementary will add to this discussion.
Linda in Michigan (after several nights below freezing, those
snapdragons still look pretty good...maybe they're freeze-dried!)

Skiart wrote:
> In a message dated 98-12-11 23:31:02 EST, you write:
> << I teach Elementary Art like Linda, and agree that rubrics are great but
> not feasible for the elementary level. I teach art on a cart, which is
> hard enough without a room. >>
> Sandy,
> The content of this includes my way of a fun assessment in the form of
> transfer of knowledge and skill by making a gift: COUPONS for services to be
> given by student to mom.
> My teacher evaluation came up satisfactory for "assesment at the end of EACH
> class period". I inquired why, I now wrap up the class before clean up by
> questioning the kids, using what was in the objectives for the DAY, a brief
> review.
> At the START of the PROJECT, the kids write in their art sketch or notebook
> the rubric. They also write the rubric on the back of their project where I
> put a grade for each item. Everyday, I briefly review the rubric and artist's
> reproductions, while I distribute supplies, and question them.
> READINESS at start of class:
> Project: Calligraphy (manuscript style), 6th grade.
> I point to any poster\chart posted in the classroom (I'm art on a cart) and
> question students, so they will tell me the lines are centered, the letters
> are uniformly spaced, height is uniform and about the letter formation. I
> show them pictures of posters by an artist in a graphic arts book, ask about
> the letters on his posters,
> We discuss food labels in their food pantry, hold up a magazine, flip through
> to ads of teen interest, ask about the letters. I inquire if assignments given
> by other teachers require uniform lettering, can they use this later in JH or
> HS to do their assignments?
> Letter FORM is thick/thin manuscript style
> Letter and word SPACING is uniform
> Letter HEIGHT is uniform
> Lines are CENTERED
> BORDER is MEASURED, with alternated pattern or combined line with variation.
> They write on their artwork the rubric, the 5 capitalized words, I grade each.
> While they are working, when they express frustration, I say, you get 5 grades
> on this, if you worked hard, only your form grade will be a little lower.
> Look at your centering, uniformity, border, how well you did that.
> The choice of content is theirs. I provide some verses about moms, many choose
> this and plan to give it to mom for Christmas. Some write their own verse
> about themselves.
> I demo on the overhead, all aspects of the lesson. At end, I collect their
> artwork, document by highlighting correct formations, give them a handout with
> stroke by stroke directions, tell them to check non highlighted letters
> against this.
> I pass out the work of those who "got it" first and do small group demos for
> those who didn't. I make them rewrite the "penciled in" layout before using
> calligraphy pens, if it is not correct. I give them guidelines that I made in
> the computer to tape underneath their sulphite paper. They choose which size
> paper they want to use. They learn to predict what will fit on each paper
> size. (Don't try to get them to draw their own guidelines for upper & lower
> case now.)
> For the ASSESSMENT--Transfer of Knowledge and Skill
> Christmas gift coupon book of coupons for mom, grandpa, friend, whoever.....
> ONE service is listed on each coupon (vacuum the car, have lunch at grandma's
> house, clean my room, drive mom to the store) (joke-they are 11 yrs old)
> A student records all brainstomed ideas on the board.
> The lettering must have top and bottom guidelines for the letters, spacing and
> lines centered. They hole punch the book, yarn through holes and decorate the
> cover.
> This book is being created, instead of a written Q & A test.
> Sue