I sympathize with the work not being done in class however in a local high
school the students are expected to do a lot of their work at home. My own
daughter who is going to an art college in the fall used to work late at
night and weekends and would not tolerate any input from me except as
feedback after it is done and I've learned not to say too much. Anything
positive is brushed aside as what I have to say as a parent to be nice, and
any constructive comments could result in the destruction of the piece and a
total restart of the project!
As for the monsters in the back of your class maybe showing students what
they have for a grade so far or an individual critique of their portfolios
might get them on track. Your attention to the ones working might encourage
others to work for your attention. Sometimes I'll make up an errand or need
to pick someone to help me and mention that it needs to be someone who is
well along in their project, often it's the ones who aren't working who
raise their hands and I'll come over to see what they've done and if it's
not enough I say so and ask for someone else.
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Date: Tuesday, May 29, 2001 9:01 PM
Subject: Re: Unfinished work
>> This is a great question and so relevant to my questions about grading
>> school students. due dates indefinatel
>some of mine still think they can turn stuff in due third quarter.
>> about unfinished work and
>> allowing the students to finish it until the last minute.
>What do yall do about the kids that are up against the wall needing your
>to graduate and still don't turn in the work or it is of such poor quality,
>still can only earn F points?
>> I'd be interested
>> in hearing from others, especially in the high school foundation/studio
>> If a student doesn't work in class , then wants to take it home and it
>> back miraculously done? how do you deal with that. I've discontinued that
>> practice with the stipulation that I can only give feedback to work I see
>> in class. That is the only way I can help students.
>Another sticky problem--I gave a painting assignment as part of a final
>Thurs. last week. Gave some conditions as to what had to be included in the
>piece and reviewed good compositional rules. Kids had Fri. and the weekend
>think up an idea they wanted to do. They have only 6 days to finish this
>Guess what they did today? Absolutely nothing! I have one PITA in the back
>the room that sits and makes inappropriate remarks to get a rise out of me.
>refuse to acknowledge his @#$% remarks and ignore him. The only problem is
>he is dragging everyone else down with him. Is failing anyway. No support
>admin. so cannot send him out. I'm worried for the rest of the group that
>to get this piece going. I can see the handwriting on the wall. Unfinished
>thrown together and poor quality, then whining and acusing parents.
>Feedback on this issue?????