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FW: "Best Art Student" Award?

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Rich Stephen J Contr ACC/CEVP (
Fri, 14 May 1999 09:13:01 -0400

If it's part of a school-wide award giving program, I understand.
At my school we all gathered in the auditorium when awards for each
subject were handed out. I would just make sure that someone is
overseeing the process so each kid only gets awarded once. That
way awards can reach more students. Adding a 'Most Improved'
catagory if you haven't already would double the amount of students
receiving awards.
If you're just doing it for your classroom and you have the time,
a better award system might be to think of a unique award for each
student. 'Creativity Award' and 'Good Colorist', etc. Kids are
smart though, and can tell if you assign them some random thing that
doesn't personally apply to them. Perhaps you could ask the listserv
for catagory ideas so you won't reach that point. Combined with a
quick award you can mass produce, you may be able to get all of that
done in a reasonable amount of time. I would just make a nice award
with marker and paper - leaving room for name and title - and photocopy
it. I think the idea of the award is more important than the
physical appearance of the award.
I would also stay away from end-all catagories that puts students
on top of each other. "Most" and "Best" are good at doing that. I
believe peer competition a good thing at the secondary level, but
have no strong feelings yet for elementary. Does anyone else have
insight into that?


janine shafer wrote:

> What is your opinion & suggestions for criteria for "Best Art Student"
> at the elementary school level?

Ugh! Don't do it! How would you like losing the "Best Art Teacher" award
your district? Now imagine you're around 10 years old and doing your best,
you lose anyway...feel bad? C'mon, you'll get over it!

Best wishes,