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Re: Grading in elementary

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lindwood_at_TeacherArtExchange
Date: Sun Feb 01 2004 - 06:30:56 PST


A Godsend to me for grading is my "mini portfolios" that I keep for each
child. WHen I take the photos for the website, I also add them to a MS
Word Table that I create as a mini portfolio for all the work done by
each student in each class. I set up the table at the start of the
year. I create a table in Word with 1 column and 20 rows. I enter each
child's name in a row. As I finish the photos for a project, I open the
Word Table on half of my computer screen, and I open the folder with the
list of "3-1 Horses" or whatever on the other half. All I have to do is
click and drag the images for each child into their row on the table and
the image opens in their row as a photo. It's fast. I no longer write
notes to myself in any other way. I have all I need for comments and
grades at a glance. I can see everything each child has created on my
table. It takes me about 5 minutes max to add all the photos for a
class. Our grading criteria is "applies effort to technique" (did the
child try to use the techniques introduced or did they blow it off and
do whatever they wanted without even trying??) and "Develops Ideas
THoughtfullly" (did they take time to think about what they were doing?
Is there obvious thought in their work? The kid who puts the sun in the
corner in every drawing, vs. the kid who paints a sunset or stormy
clouds, or shaded white clouds, etc. Is their coloring done in a way
that reflects effort, or is it a rush scribble job? Did they really
FINISH their work?) Our entire Lower School Grades 1-4 with 1 being
lowest. I also give a grade for behavior.

Linda Woods

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