I don't know why you need to label it an "Honors" Art class nor set
criteria for entrance. You'll alienate students who don't meet the
criteria but who would otherwise prosper in the class. As for criteria
for grading the portfolio, look to the Reggio Emilia philosophy, where
portfolios have been successful. The aim of the portfolio is not to get
an assessment of an individual project but to trace development over
time. All this should also be done with documentation on your part.
Otherwise, you run the risk of replacing standardized tests with
standardized portfolios. In other words, the assessment will be
different for each student since undoubtedly, the process will be
different. Just some thoughts. . .
>Subject: Art Honors Class...Need suggestions!
>Date: Thu, 18 Mar 1999 09:14:40 EST
>I will be teaching a Middle School Art Honors Class next year and am
>process of developing the curriculum. I am at a loss on how to select
>students for it. I do not want to do it by class grades because I will
>too many kids. I want to keep the enrollment small and workable. What
>good size class?
>1. What measurement can I use to select students who can keep up with
>2.What suggestions do you have to develop a curriculum for advanced
>(I do not have a kiln nor computer (yet).
>3.I would like to use a portfolio measurement for grading, where the
>also does self-evaluation. Any ideas? Or, do you have other ideas for
>4. Any tried and true lesson plans?
>5. What have you done with Honors Art that works?
>Thanks. I'd appreciate any help I can get. I never did this before.
>Marsha in Florida.
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