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Lesson Plans

sending work home

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jeryl Hollingsworth (holl5)
Sun, 22 Mar 1998 15:33:53 -0500

I teach at elementary level and had the same problem with work getting
destroyed before it made it home. Since moving into a new facility with
(sigh!!!) lots of storage space including shelves!! I save most of the
children's work and only send it home twice a year. I keep all work on a
shelf labeled with the classroom teacher's name. The first class period
after Christmas break I give each child a large grocery bag ( donated by
a local store) and they do name art and decorations on the bag while
several students pass out all the accumaleted work. We spend some time
talking about critiquing their own work and how to choose a favorite
piece. The length and depth of the discussion varies with age levels .
Then they choose a favorite piece which I keep and the rest of the work
goes into the bag to go home. You have to make sure they understand
that eventually they will get it back also or they won't trust you with
their best stuff and try to leave the junky pieces with you!! Now I
have one piece from each student in each class to save for the end of
the year school wide art show. Parents are notified via school
newsletter when to watch for the "art bag" and it has gotten to be a big
deal with the kids. As projects are completed during the year I
sometimes pull really nice pieces (with the artist's permission) to keep
in a special drawer for the district art show where only a smaller
number of the best work is displayed. In May we do the whole process
again and they get to decide if the piece from the fall is their best
work or if they like something from the spring better (in which case
they just swap out and the first "favorite" piece goes home in the bag)
For the school wide show I use the big craft roll paper and just hot
glue a whole classes' favorite piece with a computer generated class,
grade, teacher ,etc sign mounted on it. This way I'm assured of having
one piece from everyone in the school and it has been their choice! Also
parents can easily find their child's work. It has made my life easier
but any suggestions to add or other ways to handle this?? Wish I was
going to Chicago during spring break with what sounds like most of this
group instead of doing some major spring cleaning!!!
Jeryl in S.C.