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Re: arts assessment-parents feedback

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lindwood_at_TeacherArtExchange
Date: Thu Feb 03 2005 - 07:53:33 PST


Interesting points about Diane Arbus. In my school, specialists are all
required to write one comment a year on each child. We divide them up
and do one grade level per quarter. We can write other individual
comments as need be. I can't imagine doing canned comments. Our LS
head, assistant head, counselor, and secretary proof all of our comments
for grammatical errors and spelling and we make corrections before they
go out. Each of my comments is as individual as the child. The average
kids are the hardest ones for me to write because I don't want their
comment to appear average. I try to find something specific to say that
is good about each child, and if I can, I point out something for that
child to strive for in the next quarter. With the digital portfolio on
each child, it's not hard for me to write these and they can be quite
specific regarding progress, growth, skills mastered, challenges, etc.
I write two paragraphs for each child. The first one for each is the
same...it details what we have done, skills taught, etc. for that
quarter. That paragraph is cut and pasted into each comment as a lead
paragraph. The second paragraph deals with how the child fared during
the quarter, accomplishments, noteworthy stories, etc. I can't imagine
being my administrators at comment time. They are truy buried, but the
individualized comments are one of the strengths of our school and
greatly apprecialted by parents. They have a true effect on our
students.

Linda Woods

Visit our student's web art gallery at St.John's School

www.sjs.org
 click on "Stories of SJS," click on "Arts Stories," click on Linda
Woods' name. View artwork by Lower, and Middle School students as well
as our art archives.

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