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Lesson Plans

Re: Art Grades in the Elementary????

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John & Sandra Barrick (astroboy)
Tue, 16 Nov 1999 12:18:14 -0500

> 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.
> but I don't want to turn students off to art, by putting preasure on them.
> I always tell them to do their best! > 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????.
> Daryn
I dislike the aspects of grades in elementary for art also. I for
one really believe that the art teachers discretion, taste, and
favoritism seeps into judgment. We are being asked to judge a skill
that will always be developing, so even if there is a choice of
"needs improvement", that is a given. Let them experiment and if you
must give a grade don't rely on their "talent" as the only
indicator. Obviously if someone is doing their best and is always
enthusiastic then they shouldn't be penalized on your like or
dislike of their interpretation. I firmly believe in empowering a
person and building their self esteem, not tearing it down.
Sandra Barrick


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