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Re:"is this good enough?"


Date: Tue Nov 19 2002 - 22:32:49 PST

Great thread:
    I've been there too. One girl (cheerleader) literally screamed and
started crying dramatically in class when she found out she had gotten a C on
a five day painting project that she finished in 15 or 20 minutes, after
wasting time in class for days. I've had students say, "It's only Art!" That
used to really burn me up.
    I don't mind a student who comes up to me after class and asks me how
they can get an A on a project. There's a lot of pressure on these kids
sometimes to make grades, and they see Art class as an easy chance to pad
their GPA, or to be the one good grade on a poor report card. One kid who
didn't do anything all semester and earned a D, said, "Because of you, I
can't play football!". He didn't mention the F and other Ds he got in his
other classes.
    Despite going over rubrics, often specific to each project, students will
still ask "How did I get a B on this?" At that point, I say, "It's good, it's
not excellent".
    It's hard when we see a Special Ed kid in our class try really hard and
pour himself/herself into a project and often they get the same grade as a
student who followed the instructions and fit the grading rubric "good
enough". But then, grades aren't the only rewards.