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Grading for Elementary Art


Date: Sat Mar 17 2001 - 08:52:31 PST

It's that time of year again where we have to submit grades for art. They
changed the
way we give grades this year, and at first I thought it was good, but now I'm
not so
sure. I teach grades K-5 and I'm required to give 2 grades to each student
in art. The
first grade is for participation and the second is for conduct. In my mind
is: Did the child follow the directions--Did the child use his imagination
and do the best of his ability--etc. For conduct, I think of that as
behavior. Did the child follow the classroom rules, etc. My problem is,
I've had students who'd do a great piece of
work, but they just didn't follow the directions for the assignment. I want
the kids to
be creative, but they need to realize that there are rules in life. I always
tell the kids
to think about a math assignment (or any assignment) in their own class.
There is
a right way and a wrong way of doing the problem. If they get it wrong the
teacher will
mark is as wrong. I guess what's bothering me is, I want the kids to follow
the directions, but yet I don't want them to get discouraged and shut down
either because they could not express themselves creativly. Any opinions on
this. Last
year was my first year and we only had to give one grade. I based that on
Hope to hear from some of you. Thanks.