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Re: Sending artwork home

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Sun, 31 May 1998 12:20:48 EDT

I know that using portfolios at the junior high level has been very successful
for me and my students. At the end of the nine weeks, they lay out all of
their art work and can see before them exactly what they have accomplished.
In a subject like art where grading can be subjective, as well as objective,
there is rarely any room for quibbling over grades when a compilation of work
is right before them.
I have teacher evaluation, self evaluation and peer evaluation forms that are
filled out, and sent home with their portfolio. The peer evaluation is only
used in accordance with very strict guidelines, and I dont know that I have
perfected that whole process- we do much discussion about subjective vs.
objective opinions (did the student meet the requirements as opposed to
whether or not we like it). In some cases, I do not do a peer evaluation.
Students can not argue points such as craftsmanship, meeting requirements,
and whether or not a work is completed if that work is right before them, and
I have always felt that portfolios give validity and accountability to the
subject of art. It is not an end all for students that just float through the
class, but most definitely does make the difference to those students that are
on the fence, so to speak.

My own little 2 cents worth-
have a great one, all-