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Lesson Plans

Re: Unfinished work--Elementary level

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Christine Merriam (
Thu, 19 Feb 1998 10:56:58 +0000

I teach grades 3-5, and see each class once a week for 45 minutes. Due
to limited class time, and preps that are different every day/week, I
have taken this stance on grading students work:
PROCESS is top priority. Are they using the concepts, techniques and
skills and working hard?
PRODUCT is what ever is done at the end of time we have worked on the
I give more weight to process and walk around the class while students
are working with the grade book and note who is working hard, and who
is not.
The only way a person can get the highest grade in my class is to
bring in a homework assignment which is "extra credit" i.e. draw the
hallway on any paper (during a perspective lesson) and bring it in.
Bring in a found object for the Georgia O'Keefe painting activity,
The only way a person can fail my class is to show minimal or no
effort on activities.
Does this help at all?
I saw a commercial during the Olympics the other night about the arts
and encouraging parents to focus on the PROCESS of art....

Christine Merriam
Kayenta Intermediate School

Re > I hate to see really nice work go unfinished, but it really
is the student's responsibility. I guess what I want to know is do
other elementary teachers require work to be finished in the upper
grades? thanks for any thoughts.