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>From: Rich Stephen J Contr ACC/CEVP <stephen.rich>
>Subject: FW: "Best Art Student" Award?
>Date: 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
> 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!
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