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Rich, I understand the distinction you are making. however, children don't
need teachers to tell them that their work is good enough. what we want to
foster is their intrinsic motivation rather then our telling them their work
is valuable. if you want to do something that celebrates their work, why
not have each class display their favorite piece of the year and then have
the class discuss each piece. this way, the student gets feedback from the
other students (30 opinions rather than one teacher's). plus, it gets the
student to reflect on the work. this is "rewarding" to the child's esteem
but more important, it is a good way to get children to learn to reflect. i
agree with you about competition in the elementary. but i extend that to
the secondary level as well. we need to foster cooperation rather than
>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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