I do sketchbooks with the 6th-8th grades, and they only turn them in at each
mid term and at the end of term. They're all 6x9 sketchbooks that they make
in the beginning of the year, and each is about a half inch thick.
For grading I seldom take them home, but if I do, then I separate them into
classes and stack them in paper shopping bags. That way I only take a few
with me, as many as I may have time to grade.
Also, I write the grade along with some encouraging comment on a post-it
note for each assignment. Never would I write in someone else's sketchbook.
Sketchbooks make up 25% of the whole art grade, but most of the grade for
sketchbook is awarded for effort, so if they do the assignment, they'll get
a good grade for it. Something done quickly, or if directions weren't
followed precisely earns a B, while something with creative thought or a lot
of effort earns an A. I tell them sketchbooks are like Nike-Just Do It.
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Subject: Sketchbooks--a question about logistics
> I've required about 1 drawings every other week for all my students
> an assigned subject, sometimes their choice) and this is figured into
> What I CAN'T figure out, though, is how to go about grading the darn
> There's no time to do it at school (given all the other after school
> at the boarding school where I teach) and so it's something that has to be
> done in the evening.
> Last year I started asking them to just turn in the drawing--and not the
> sketchbook--because I couldn't figure out how to carry them all home with
> me. I tried this my first year there and I'd have a stack of sketchbooks
> almost as tall as I am!
> How do you do this? Do you grade them at school or take sketchbooks home
> just take drawings home?
> Thanks for your help--
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