Carefully done work and pride in what you create must be taught.
Punishing students with grades will not get you there. Rewarding
students for meeting higher expectations is effective. Praise
and reward those who succeed and others will follow. I taught
in a district with a very strong elementary art program so I
got students who were prepared. Fortunately, I was able to
work on reaching higher goals.
Good Luck, Woody
Jennifer McGlothlin wrote:
> I am a middle school teacher in a state that does not require elementary
> school students to take art. Therefore, they are missing the basics. How
> do I emphasize the importance of craftsmanship? I have tried giving them
> lower grades and telling them that if they want a better grade they have
> to do it over and do it neater. I haven't had one even make an effort.
> The middle grades do not require my class nor do they have to pass it.
> Any helpful hints?
> Seeking answers,