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Art Grades in the Elementary????

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Daryn Pake (artkitten75)
Tue, 16 Nov 1999 17:00:59 GMT

This is my second year as a teacher, and I teach pre-k thru 5th grade. My
county has decided to give students 2 grades in all the encore areas: one on
skill and one on participation. This irritates me to no end. I don't feel
that at this age level, I should be grading on skill. I'm not going to give
a student a U if he/she is trying, but lacks the skills to be successful.
Art should be fun for all without the pressure of performance. (Especially
at the elementary level, middle and secondary is a different story) Last
year was much easier. I had one grade to give, and I based it on skill AND
partipation. If a student was talented, but didn't work hard, his/her grade
reflected it. If a student lacked skill, but worked their hardest I
inflated the grade. I realize that the grade is "only" an O, S, N, or a U,
but I don't want to turn students off to art, by putting preasure on them.
I always tell them to do their best! If they aren't happy about a project,
we talk about it individually about what they can do to make it better. But
what if their best is only an N on skill??? Do I grade them on a "standard"
or do I grade them based on their own idividual skill level????.

Sorry ya'll, but I needed to vent!

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