From: Sharon Kawczynski [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Tuesday, July 06, 2004 3:11 PM
To: ArtsEdNet Talk
Subject: Quick Survey
1. I feel my students understand the grading scale (that you use).
2. I feel I have been given adequate training in assessment.
No, but being in the classroom for 17 years now, I've learned more through experimentation, other teachers,attended, and reading Art education magazines
3. I feel grading in art is important.
No, but I feel assessing is.
4. I am confident in assessing my students' Art.
Most of the time however as my assignments focus more on communicating personal issues, I find it harder to assess the artwork.
5. I feel I have enough time during my classes to effectively assess student understanding.
No, for grades 6th and 7th, yes for 8th grade. I have 8th longer and I've had them for 1 or 2 years. I know how they think and work by then.
Thanks for your time. If anyone wants to elaborate on any of these or wants to chat about assessement, I would love to read or interact with your views.
I think assessment is an ongoing thing with each unit. You should assess at the beginning to see how much they know, several times in the middle and then at the end. Both the student and the teacher should be doing the assessing. Too bad we as a society are driven by grades. Stick a teacher in a class and they too want to know what do I have to do to get an A. I'm working on my masters. We discussed assessment and grading and out of 32 of us in the program, I think I was the only one who hadn't asked our instructor, " What do I have to do to get an A?" I saw an article on a ASCD mailing that showed two elementary schools that put their students together at middle level. One elementary school did not do grades and the other did. At Middle school, the elementary students that had not received grades did not achieve any higher or lower then the students at the school that did grade. It was an interesting article.I wonder how all this affected motivation?