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Re: Keeping a sketchbook--high school

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gregjuli_at_TeacherArtExchange
Date: Sat Jul 14 2001 - 07:44:34 PDT


hi all
I started this last year. The sketches are in a 3 ring binder with a number of
other things. I buy the binder when they have the back to school sales and
look for the cheapies. I get the sketchbook's metal coil cut off and have
then all punched for a 3 ring fit ( Kinko's). Having the kids hand in one
sketch at a time versus having all those sketchbooks around has definitely
simplified my life!
In the binder the students also have an inventory of each assignment. I take a
digital photo of each project and they glue it next to a section on a pre made
form where they add more info. such as- title, media,date.
Also in the binder/portfolio is included a their philosophy ( a number of
questions they answer in essay form), handouts ,rubrics, class info., grade
printouts and a parent evaluation. The parent evaluation form gets the parent
to sit down and look at the binder and the all the accomplishments of the
student. They are to sign and comment on the binder/portfolio. the binder
receive a final grade at the end of the school year. Now that took a lot of
time and I decided to give myself more time next school year and do a better
rubric or check off sheet. I'm very excited to do the binder again. They were
a wonderful collection of all the work and knowledge and reflections that went
in to a whole year.
As far as students checking each others work , I remember not long ago some
one mentioning that was legal. I don't know if that is just for some states???
Imho- I wouldn't be comfortable doing that. Having the students just hand in
a paper instead of a whole book did help wit the grading process, especially
if i wanted to take them home.
My Honors students , who use the binders, receive a list of sketches for the
year on their first day. Some months there are breaks written in, sometimes it
isn't a sketch that is due, might be a simple collage, other times they
assignment reads-relative's choice and in March they have the whole month to
do a drawing of a staff member from real life- no photos. I also add
opportunities for extra credit. My middle schoolers also receive a "late
ticket" each quarter that allows them to hand in one sketch late and get full
credit. After a ticket is used -F. I got sooo tired of kids trying to hand in
late sketches that I finally settled on this system that really helped. Also
they are not allowed on the field trips if more that 2 sketches are missing
before the field trip we have each semester. Hope this helps. After
struggling for many years to find the best way to get this sketchbook thing
better, this way works for me.
MaryB

Sidnie Miller wrote: I was considering having the kids bring a large loose
leaf binder for asketchbook--then they could punch holes in drawing paper to
fill itup--plus add any specialty paper--tissue, acetate, construction
paper,quadrile ruled paper etc.-- they might like. They could also keep
ascanned or digital printout of every assignment along with their grade
rubrics

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